Types of Meditation: What is Right for You?
Before you dive in, it is important to know what is the best-suited meditation for you.
Knowing which type of meditation is for you will help you get the maximum benefits out of the activity.
This list is for you if you are just beginning to meditate and do not know where to start. Depending on your needs, you can pick one and see if that is the right kind of meditation for you.
It is also important to know there are several other types of meditation other than the ones mentioned below. In this list, we have tried to cover the essence of most of them.
Here are types of meditation for you.
This would be the most famous meditation type of all. Mindfulness meditation comes from Buddhist teachings. As the name suggests, you pay attention to thoughts passing through your mind.
It is important to not judge the thoughts, however. The goal of mindful meditation is to observe them and see the repeating patterns. This will help you with concentration and awareness.
This is the most popular type of meditation as it would not require any special guide or teacher to walk you through.
Spiritual meditation is more prominent in the Eastern culture, as opposed to mindfulness meditation which is popular in the west.
In spiritual meditation, you pay attention to the silence around you and try to connect with a higher entity. Your higher entity can be a God, or simply the universe itself.
Some forms of Spiritual Meditation also make use of essential oils. It can be performed at home or temple (any place of worship). For those who love silence, this is the best type of meditation.
As you may already know, there are five senses we use. Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch. Focused meditation is about these senses.
You can use both internal and external elements to focus on. Mala beads, gong, and candle flames are popular elements for that. You can also focus on your breathing, which would be considered an internal factor.
This is the best type of meditation for those who need extra focus in their life. For some, this may be a hard type of meditation, to begin with.
As the name suggests, movements are included in this type of meditation. You simply go where the movements guide you. If you like moving around rather than sitting in one place, this is for you.
Most people mistake it for yoga, which is not entirely true. Movement Meditation can include walks, gardening, or anything that includes fluid, gentle motions.
A little different from the other types of meditation, this one is about finding peace in the actions, movements. The thoughts might wander off at times, but that is acceptable.
Mantra is a repetitive sound that you can use to clear your mind from fleeting thoughts. This is prominent in both Hindu (as Dhyana) and Buddhist cultures, where you often find people chanting Mantras while meditating.
It can be a word, phrase, or a simple sound like ‘Om’, which also helps in unifying your breathing patterns. It does not matter if it is spoken loudly or like a whisper. Mantra will help you in getting in sync with your environment.
People enjoy Mantra meditation as it helps them focus quite easily, and it is less silent than the other forms of meditation.
A very closely related type of meditation to mantra meditation, Transcendental meditation also uses a mantra to get you in the ‘zone’. Generally, meditation is practiced for 15-20 minutes, twice a day.
It is taught by a teacher or a Guru, each of them can use a different mantra specific to themselves. This method was popularized in the west by several celebrities. Many people consider this a non-religious meditation technique that helps in stress-reduction and self-development
It is believed that Transcendental meditation is for the people who are serious about meditation and continue with it for a long time.
As the name suggests, this technique is used to relieve tension from your body and make you feel relaxed. It is also called body scan meditation.
At times, you will slowly tighten your muscle group and then release the tension slowly, throughout the body. Alternatively, you can also imagine a wave flowing through your body, relieving the tension.
This type of meditation is best when done right before you go to sleep, as it may help you unwind the tension and stress.
Loving-kindness meditation is all about opening yourself up to receive love and kindness from yourself and others. This works best for the people who are feeling some anger and resentment.
In love-kindness meditation, you strengthen the feelings of acceptance, compassion, and kindness. It helps you in understanding the love and well wishes your friends and people close to you have for you.
This is not about receiving only. It also includes wishing well to others and reciprocating the compassion that you are receiving from them.
For those who are willing to boost their mood, feel confident, and find inner peace in the process, this is the type.
In the visualization method, you will imagine a calm and positive scenery or image. Then it is about trying to be in that place with all your senses. You can fill in as many details to your happy place as you want.
Some forms of visual meditation also promote visualizing yourself achieving what you wish for, with focus and motivation.
These are the widely known types of meditation you will come across. However, there are some other types in Buddhist, Chinese, and other cultures. Here is all you need to know: