Types of Meditation

There are different types of meditation. Many people are practicing meditation these days to quiet their mind, to be able to reflect and experience a state of calmness and relaxation that is otherwise difficult to achieve in this hectic modern world. Some people choose a type of meditation depending on convenience while others indulge in the ones that bring them closer to achieving their specific goals for doing that particular practice.

Below are some examples of the types of meditation that people utilize to improve their well-being.

Mindfulness Meditation

This is the most popular type of meditation which allows people to be aware of the things that are happening around them.  It is a kind of meditation that allows one’s stream of consciousness to flow from one object or thought to another.

In other words, mindfulness meditation does not necessitate one to focus on one object or thought. This is the reason why mindfulness meditation has become the most commonly used meditation.  It allows a person to be aware of the sounds of the busy street or the noise of people around him without being too focused, or distracted by it.  The ability to be aware of your surroundings without feeling all stressed out by these things is one of the reasons why many people love mindfulness meditation.

Focused Meditation

Focused Meditation is also referred to by some people as Attention Meditation Technique. Although this meditation technique requires one to focus on one thing and exclude any other thoughts from their mind, it does not force the meditator to try too hard.

If you do this focused meditation technique, you will find that you cannot stay focused on one object all throughout the session.  If your thoughts start to wander the aim is to gently and calmly bring your thoughts back to your object of focus. While your thoughts are anchored on the present moment, you will be able to free yourself from your anxious thoughts of the past and the future.

Movement Meditation

This type of meditation technique allows an individual to perform several gentle and repetitive flowing movements. Instead of focusing on a certain thought or object, movement meditation brings your focus to each movement you make. This is when you become mindful of the motion of your muscles and your contact with external surfaces. The more you practice this type of meditation the more that you become aware of the movement of energy within your body and the way it responds to a stimulus such as music.

Mantra Meditation

A mantra may consist of a word or phrase that is being chanted out loud or silently repeated as the focus of meditation. It is a Sanskrit word in which “man” means mind and “tra” means instrument. In other words, your chosen mantra will become an instrument of your mind.

The repetition of the mantra will lead to the creation of a mental vibration that allows an individual to enter a deep state of meditation. When thoughts interrupt between your mantras, just return your focus to the mantra, continue to experience the internal sound produced by it and believe that this is a natural part of meditational process.

Regular practice of meditation will bring about immense benefits. It lets you experience each present moment as your mind gains freedom from anxieties and other negative thoughts. In turn, you become more capable of making conscious choices instead of falling into the trap of having habitual negative reactions to both real and imagined triggers.