10 Different Styles of Meditation

For many people, meditation is some far off and confusing practice. They believe that in order to meditate, they have to light a bunch of incense, sit cross-legged on the floor and stay in complete silence. Read More

10 ways to meditate

For many people, meditation is some far off and confusing practice. They believe that in order to meditate, they have to light a bunch of incense, sit cross-legged on the floor and stay in complete silence. They believe that in order to actually meditate, they will need years of training, and while there are people who devote their life to the practice in order to get the benefits that it can offer, you do not need to spend an inordinate amount of time learning. You just need a willingness to be quiet for a little while and a desire to find peace amidst the chaos of day-to-day life.

Meditation is open and available to anyone who wants to try it and the wonderful thing about meditating is that there is really no right or wrong way to do it. There is no real goal, except to find a quiet place in the mind, and however you go about doing that is perfectly all right. With that said though, some people get caught up on how they can meditate and because of this, they never really try. They put it off because they don’t know where to start and that is exactly what this post is about. We have listed below 10 different styles of meditation so that first time meditators or people who are interested in starting, can have a general idea of how they can go about starting to meditate.

10 Different Styles of Meditation

1. Transcendental Meditation

This is probably the form of meditation that most people think of when they attempt to meditate. You sit in the lotus position, chant a mantra to yourself and focus on your breath, with the goal of eventually being able to carry the meditative and peaceful state achieved while meditating, into every aspect of your life. It is often times suggested that a person seek guidance when attempting to meditate in this fashion and there are a number of resources available around the Internet for people who are interested.

2. Yoga

Many people find it difficult to sit still and quiet their mind and for them, meditating in a traditional way can prove difficult. With yoga, they are able to achieve that same meditative state, but while exercising their body. Those who use yoga as a means to meditate will describe how relaxed and at peace they feel after their yoga practice and how it greatly increases their ability to handle the stresses of life.

3. Kundalini

Kundalini focuses on the flow of energy as a means to heal. A person who performs kundalini will focus on their breath in order to access the energy centers in the body. Once they do this, they are able to use that energy to heal themselves and also reach a meditative state.

4. Going for a Walk

While many may not consider this as a way to meditate, going for a walk and focusing on being present is a great way to meditate. It can allow you to create space in your mind by being outdoors and actually having more physical space around you. By focusing on your breath as you walk, you will find that you can relax the mind and the body, not to mention that going for a walk is a good form of exercise as well.

5. Guided Visualization

For those who find it difficult to sit in silence when they meditate, guided visualization can be a great asset. A person who meditates in this manner can either have someone guiding them in visualizing pleasing sights or they can visualize them on their own, but the purpose is to allow the mind to see and experience positive images without having to go anywhere or do anything.

6. Working Out

Once again this is not traditionally thought of as meditation, but the act of working out can often times create a meditative state. Working out releases certain chemicals in the body that promote wellness and also during strenuous activities, the mind is better able to let go of thoughts and focus on the present.

7. Qi Gong

Qi Gong focuses on movement, breathing, and posture in order to allow a person to experience a meditative state. Through performing certain movements and focusing on your breathing, you will be able to relax the mind and let go of any concerns you may be holding onto.

8. Playing or Listening to Music

Anyone who has every played a musical instrument can attest to the benefits that music can have on a person. When playing an instrument, you can sometimes reach a meditative state where everything just flows naturally and your mind is completely clear of worry. The same thing can occur when listening to music as well.

9. Zazen

Zazen is a seated way to meditate that allows an individual to release any judgmental thoughts, ideas, or images. It is completely self-guided, which is good for people who are just starting out because they can go at their own pace, but also has its drawbacks because the mind can sometimes be difficult to quiet down.

10. Mindfulness

Mindfulness is simply about focusing on the breath. It requires nothing else but having the individual sit with their eyes closed, back straight, and focusing on their breath. Whenever the mind wanders, they will attempt to shift their focus back to their breathing. After this is done for a while, the person meditating will find that they will be about to meditate for as long as they’d like without much effort.

Hopefully, some of these suggestions will help you in your own practice and you will no longer feel intimidated when someone suggests that you meditate. Remember that meditating should be an enjoyable experience and it is not meant to be something that causes you stress. However you find that you can quiet your mind is the right way to meditate for you, so give some of these different styles a try, and see what works.