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Different types of meditation:
- Concentration meditation
- Mindfulness meditation
- Reflective meditation
- Heart centered meditation
- Creative meditation
(1) Concentration meditation:
Concentration is the central motto of all types of meditation, but in some techniques, main focus is only on building concentration. One needs to train the mind to focus and concentrate on nothingness or on an object in order to cut distractions. This helps in calming the mind. There are many types of concentration meditation techniques which help to gain concentration by overcoming distractions within and outside your mind to sustain mental focus.
Some of them are:-
a) Zen Meditation
b) Transcendental Meditation
c) Om Meditation
d) Samadhi Meditation
e) Chakra Meditation
(2) Mindfulness meditation:
This is one of the most powerful of all techniques. In this, the emphasis is on cultivating a highly receptive mindful attention towards any object or action within your sphere of influence. This meditation helps to learn to pay attention or be “mindful”. This is a great tool to overcome depression and anxiety. It can also provide pain relief .
Different techniques in this category are -:
a) Vipassana Meditation
b) Deep Breathing Meditation
c) Mindful Breathing Meditation
d) Walking Meditation
e) Sitting Meditation
(3) Reflective meditation:-
This type of meditation promotes disciplined thinking. In this, one has to choose a question, topic or theme and reflect upon it or analyse it. Hence, it is also called as analytical meditation. In the initial stages, when your thoughts wander to other topics, you need to discipline your mind to return to the chosen topic or question. In order to discipline the mind, one needs to have strong concentration.
After regular practice, thoughts will not wander off and your mind will be more in control. This is an important type of meditation to achieve calmness of mind. It also provides inner strength and conviction to transform your life by having control on your thoughts and mind .
Some questions you can choose to focus on-:
a) Who am I? What is my true nature?
b) What is the real purpose of my life?
c) What is my role in this universe?
d) How can I help eliminate or reduce suffering of others?
(4) Heart Centered meditation:-
This meditation is also know as Heart Chakra Meditation. In this, the focus is on radiance of love, kindness and compassion. Over time, practice of this meditation helps to heal the heart by releasing all fears and sadness by opening the heart chakra and removing any negative energy present there. One feels calm and very peaceful after doing this meditation. The goal is to increase the awareness of Divine Love. This helps to increase the emotional and physical well being of a person. It helps in coping with stressful experiences.
(5) Creative Meditation:-
This form of meditation helps you to cultivate and strengthen different qualities of your mind such as appreciation, joy, compassion, patience, humility, empathy, fearlessness, tenderness and may other. This is done through visualization done as per guidance through an audio or the visual medium. Visualization can help in bringing about major changes. This technique helps to get rid of negativity and problems that act as blocks in achieving the desired state of self.
Generally, the meditations which are commonly practiced are a combination of two or more of the above mentioned techniques.
Hope this helps you to know about different ways of meditation. Choose the technique which you are comfortable doing and which resonates with you. This will be the most beneficial and effective for you.
Learning any meditation under the guidance of a knowledgeable teacher is the best way to experience it. Meditation will definitely help you to Refresh and reinvent yourself.
I would love to know your meditation experiences. Please share them in the comment section below !