Three Types of Meditation.
Meditation is an ancient tradition with nine main types:
- mindfulness meditation
- spiritual meditation
- focused meditation
- movement meditation
- mantra meditation
- transcendental meditation
- progressive relaxation
- loving-kindness meditation
- visualization meditation
Today we’ll focus on three of them: mindfulness, movement and visualization.
Originating from Buddhist teachings, this is the most popular meditation technique.
In mindfulness meditation, you pay attention to your thoughts as they pass through your mind. You don’t judge the thoughts or become involved with them. You simply observe and take note of any patterns.
It’s a combination of practicing focus and awareness. You may find it helpful to focus on an object or your breath while you observe any bodily sensations, thoughts, or feelings.
This type of meditation is good for people without a teacher, as it can be practiced alone.
Although most people think of yoga when they hear movement meditation, this practice may include walking around your neighborhood, folding laundry, sewing and other gentle forms of motion.
It’s an active form of meditation where the movement of the activity guides you.
Movement meditation is good for people who find peace in action and prefer to let their minds wander.
Visualization meditation is a technique that focuses on enhancing feelings of relaxation, peace, and calmness by visualizing positive scenes or images.
With this practice, it’s important to imagine the scene as vividly as possible and to use all five senses to add as much detail to the image as possible.
Another form of visualization meditation involves imagining yourself succeeding at specific activities and achieving goals which is intended to increase focus and motivation. This is used by athletes often and theres been tons of research and anecdotal evidence on this type of meditation.
Many people also use visualization meditation to boost their mood, reduce stress levels, and promote inner peace.
What’s your favorite type of meditation?