Are you familiar with the different Types of Meditation? Did you know meditation is becoming more and recognized as a safe and effective way to relieve stress? The fact is meditation is a great way to feel centered and become more productive. So what is meditation? Let us help you unravel the mystery…
Types of Meditation / Become aligned with the quantum field
The need to deal with the stress of everyday life is driving more and more people to seek ways to better manage it. It is in answer to this quest that various types of meditation have sprouted over the years from the more structured types of meditative practices of ancient cultures to alternatives inherent in various Western religions.
Stress is like the umbrella organization of anything and everything that makes us sad, angry, or depressed – when all we really want is happiness, success, and freedom (not necessarily in that order). It could be the death of a loved one, a business not doing well, traffic-gee, even having to hold your breath while taking the elevator with someone whose smell makes you want to gag can cause you a certain amount of stress. Taking that much-needed vacation, getting a massage, or going to the gym are common ways to de-stress.
One tried and tested (and less expensive) method to combat stress is meditation. Now, when they hear the word “meditation,” some people automatically dismiss it as “too heavy” and immediately picture spoon bending, crystal gazing, levitating, astral projecting, and performing all those contorted poses that the most psychically gifted are able to do.
While the more advanced types of meditation (like Merkaba Meditation or Japa Meditation) are believed to bring about these skills, meditation at its most basic form can just simply mean de-cluttering the mind, removing all the unwanted thoughts (mental cobwebs) that clog it.
And some of the ‘passive’ types of meditation (standing meditation and chi meditation) are easy enough for anyone to practice. Think of it as a process much like charging your cell phone when the battery runs out. So, nothing of that David Blaine stuff really, and no, you don’t have to shave your head, believe me.
It is said that there is almost no limit to what regular meditation can achieve, be it more focus, clarity and creativity, inner peace, optimum health, or abundance.
Types of Meditation / Which is the Best?
There are many types of meditation that a person can choose from; it’s just a matter of choosing what works best for the individual. All these types of meditation have one thing in common – they are all geared towards bringing the ever busy mind to an unruffled state. The more long-term goal is to stay positive and focused even in the face of difficult situations.
The various types of meditation can be classified according to their focus. Some involve focusing on a field of different concepts or experiences, while other types of meditation entail turning the attention to a specific object. This differentiation is better explained as we bring to light the different types of meditative practices.
Types of Meditation / Two Basic Types
When speaking in broad terms, there are two basic types of meditative techniques. These are Concentrative Meditation and the Mindfulness Meditation.
Concentration Meditation is a type of meditation that focuses the mind on a particular concept or process while minimizing distractions – it can be an image, the breath, a repetitive prayer, or a particular sound like soothing music. The idea is to be aware of-and become involved with-the input received or felt by the five senses. This type of meditation is practiced by many religions and spiritual practices.
Mindfulness Meditation, on the other hand, is considered a “no effort” meditative alternative. It involves deeply observing without judging or analyzing a passing parade of various thoughts, feelings, smells, and other inputs. Buddhists call this type of meditation as vipassana or insight meditation. The meditator sits comfortably and silently focuses on a particular object or process while maintaining open focus. He may shift freely from one idea to the next, with no thought or feeling considered as a distraction.
Types of Meditation / The Breakdown
Now that we’ve gotten the two basic types of meditation out of the way, we can move on to the more specific types of meditation. There are actually many of them, but the following are the broadest descriptions of the different types of meditation:
1. Breath Watching.
This type of meditation is done by relaxing and focusing the mind on breathing. When the mind wanders, simply refocus it on the process of the air going in and out of the nose.
2. Empty Mind Meditation.
This type of meditation tries to clear the mind of all thoughts. You can sit still in a lotus or cross-legged position, and try to think of nothing in particular. This type of meditation is quite difficult to do, especially for beginners, as the mere process of letting the mind go blank seem to give birth to more thoughts. When the mind seems to resist and starts to meander, simply steer it back to the right course. With practice, you will be able to do this almost instantly.
3. Walking Meditations.
This type of meditation is also a form of physical exercise. You can talk a walk in the woods or park, and pay attention to the movement of your legs and your breathing as you walk. You dwell on the sensation of your feet as they come into contact with the ground. When your mind wanders, just bring it back to the process of walking and breathing.
4. Chakra Meditation.
This type of meditation lets you dwell on the different chakras or energy points of your body. This particular type of meditation gently awakens these chakra points, leading to a heightened state of consciousness.
5. Mantra Meditation.
This type of meditation makes use of a mantra which can be a word or a phrase (often chosen by a meditation guru) that you can repeat to yourself. You may also pick any word that works for you, and either say it aloud or just repeat in your head.
When properly done, this type of meditation can bring you to a very deep state of calm. Another type of this meditation is Transcendental meditation wherein the person repeats a specific sound or a mantra based on specific guidelines until the mind settles down or “transcend” to a deeply relaxed state.
6. Concept Meditation.
This type of meditation requires a person to contemplate on a specific idea or scenario, like the wind stirring the leaves of a tree and eventually falling to the ground.
7. Visualization Meditation.
This type of meditation is similar to concept meditation in that it also focuses on a particular concept. Unlike concept meditation which focuses on a particular present reality, however, the visual type of meditation may involve something that has yet to happen. You may visualize yourself getting that much-coveted promotion, for instance, or healing a particular illness.
As you tread the path to relaxation and self-awareness, you may not stick to a particular type of meditation exclusively. Exploring the many different types of meditation techniques can be a positive challenge in itself, and can bring you more lasting inner peace and mind clarity, as well as promote general wellbeing. This peace of mind is the foundation for optimal success in your personal as well as your business life.
Types of Meditation / Conclusion
No matter what technique you choose to develop focus and inner calm the benefits will be far-reaching. Not only will you be less affected by life’s daily stresses, you will be in an optimal position to attain prosperity in your working life as well.
Dr. Thom Rogers is Lead Facilitator, Director of Research and Development, and President of Optimal Modification Incorporated, a unique Austin-based company whose purpose is to fully align companies and organizations with their optimal potentials for prosperity, abundance and success. Dr. Rogers co-founded OMI as a means for energetically guiding businesses to achieve greater results with the application of powerful scientific technology.
He has practiced throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. After 25 years of advanced training in over 50 energetic methods, he began applying his awareness and synthesis of knowledge to his own business with extraordinary results, leading to the conception of OMI.
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