In this list of types of meditation, you will find methods from Dancing, Walking, Doing Dishes, Buddhism, Taoism, Yoga and many modern types of meditation, traditional & innovative.
Learn to navigate the “Sky of Mind”, without over-reacting, but rather, appropriate responding, moment-by-moment. Living a mindful life is attained by the practice of focusing the mind on the present moment without judgment. Advocated by the University of California, Berkeley, and other wellness or educational organizations. Mindfulness is wonderful because you can do it in any position & in any activity, even washing dishes or doing housework, reclining at home or at the spa, serving others, or even surfing the ocean waves! The important thing to remember is to give yourself time to progress.
Many of the best types of meditation come from Buddhism. In this guide you will discover the most powerful Buddhist meditations and how to do them properly. Practices are based on instructions in the Pali Canon and the Sutras.
- Zen is a seated type of meditation that is excellent at boosting focus and concentration. It uses technical sitting positions and breathing techniques to calm and focus the mind. (includes Zen Walking).
- Loving Kindness: Buddhist method used to cultivate love and compassion for all beings. (Also includes Karuna Meditation). This is the type of meditation advocated by Sharon Salzberg and Pema Chodron and has been extensively researched by the likes of Harvard Medical School and the National Institute of Mental Health.
- Vipassana: Breathing and insight meditation used to explore the mind and understand the nature of mental phenomena. This method was made popular in the West by the likes of Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein.
- Anapanasati: Technical breathing meditation used to create calmness and equanimity.
- Samatha: Meditation in which we focus on one specific object.
Yoga meditations use a combination of breathwork and repetition of words or phrases. These techniques can be excellent for overall wellbeing, while calming & focusing the mind. As there are various branches of yoga, you get to explore the practice which best fits your temperament: Athletic (Hatha), Devotional (Bhakti), Relational (Tantra), Multi-Faceted (Kundalini), Academic (Jnana), Activist (Karma), Joyful (Kundalini) & Mental (Raja).
Chakra meditations began in the yogic lineages in India. Chakra Meditations are used to open and clear the seven main energy centers in the body. Each chakra correlates with different life principles: Life Skills, Creative Self-Expression, Personal Empowerment, Love & Compassion, Speaking Truth, Intuitive Development, & Connection to the Creator.
Taoist meditations revolve around qi, the life force. This is essential for creating health and wellbeing. In this guide you will learn the different Taoist methods and their benefits. These practices are based on the teachings of Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching.
Other Types of Meditation ~
Explore the many ways to meditate. You can switch from one to another until you find what really helps you reach your wellness & well-being goals.
- Breathing meditation: Breathing techniques stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, reduce amygdala activity, and balance cortisol to help relieve stress.
- Deep meditations: Discover how to go deeper in meditation.
- Contemplation: Contemplation is a type of meditation used in Christianity, Judaism, and other religious practices. Involves meditating on The Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, and other religious texts.
- Meditative Dance : From Ethnic Dance to freestyle, and every style in-between, dance has been used as a type of meditation, forever. Find out how to do it.
- Non-Religious Meditation: Meditation is really not about religion, at all. It’s not about prayer. It’s about wellness & well-being, self-awareness & self-mastery.
- Christian: Christian meditation techniques include contemplation & bible study, especially the life of Jesus.
- Osho: Learn the meditation techniques of spiritual guru Osho (Rajneesh).
- Chanting: From the Gregorian Chants to Mantras, chanting is a powerful type of healing meditation.
- Nature Walks: Walking can be very meditation, whether slow-moving or not, having a set destination or timetable, or not. This meditation might manifest for you as Forest Bathing or “Shinrin Yoku”, an incredibly relaxing form of meditation based on Japanese tradition. Perhaps you will walk on the beach & let the fresh air sweep away your cares, reminding you that you are part of something much bigger than yourself.
- Body Scanning: Slow down & tune into your body, to dissolve pain, discomfort, stress, and more, while you increase self-mastery, focus & a sense of rejuvenation.
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