5 Types of Meditation
Deciding to start a meditation practice can be difficult. With all of the different types of meditation now on the market so to speak, it can be very daunting or even challenging just deciding on the type of meditation to practice.
Here are five meditation techniques for you to try! Find one that you like and start a practice, or rotate through them as your practice and see which one sits with you best or resonates with your Mind, Body and Soul.
Here are the five meditation techniques you can try today!
1. Visualisation Based MeditationVisualisation can be really relaxing and fun. You can imagine yourself anywhere you want to be such as a very relaxing place like on a beach, feel how it is to be there. The warmth of the sun on your face or the smells of just being there in that moment, how does the sand feel. Feel it with all your 5 senses.
This type of meditation is good for bringing yourself out of chronic verbal thinking as it is very calming. Just imagine and breath.
2. Mantra Based MeditationA mantra is typically ancient sanskrit language and used in Sound & Vibration work including Yoga. The Sanskrit language that are put into a meaningful phrase becomes meanings to your life, just like the sacred word like “Om.” You can even use them like affirmations. By using these to put yourself in a state of mind that is focused and relaxed. You can speak it out loud or internally.
There is an abundance of mantras with different meaning, next time you meditate, find a mantra to use during it and repeat it to yourself so you remain focused on it. Make sure to align it with your breath so you have a constant rhythm going. If you enjoy this type of meditation you can also get a mala and make this your regular practice. The best practice is 108 times a day for 21 days to see any changes within your Mind, Body and Soul.
3. Breath Focused MeditationBreath focused meditation is to do this for as little as 5 minutes or longer if you wish. This is very good to practice if you are a beginner or starting out. Sit anywhere comfortable within your home where you won't be disturbed and close your eyes. Focus on your natural breaths, counting them can help you get into a more meditative state as well. If your mind starts to wander, just remember your breathing and bring your focus back on that. Focusing on your breath will make you more mindful and connected, making a big difference in your day. This helps increase your focusing abilities. By focusing on your breath you allow your mind to relax.
4. Walking MeditationWalking meditation brings a lot of self-awareness when you do it. Start by walking slowly and feeling all your muscles moving, be aware of your body and how it walks. Try to synchronise your breath with your steps also. It is best to do this outside in a nice, quiet environment. When you feel your mind wandering just bring it back to focusing on your walking.
If you need time away from the office or anywhere. This meditation can be very relaxing, it can help release tension in the mind and body. Additionally you will be getting a bit of exercise which is always good.
5. Empty Mind MeditationThis meditation is also good for beginners. Sit down, get comfortable, close your eyes and enjoy the silence. Let thoughts enter your mind and flow out. Don’t get attached to your thoughts, just observe them and let them go. You can even thank the thoughts and let them flow and don't get too attached. Keep practising as you can master Mind Meditation, it does take practice which is where Sound Meditation works to entrain the brain.
This type of meditation is good to do if you don’t want to focus on anything in particular and you just want to relax. This type of meditation enhances your existing meditation practices.