This is really a two-part question and it is probably the most common query asked of meditation instructors. The answer is: Yes, there are many different types of meditation. Think of the types of meditation as you would think of the many types of food. There are many food types and hundreds of foods within each type to choose from. Each food offers some form of nourishment for mind and body, yet it is up to you to decide which foods you like and which are best for you. And so it is with meditation, which leads to the second and most important part of the question: What is the best type of meditation for me?
There are many forms of meditation from which to choose. It is up to you to select the type that you like and which is best for you. My role as your meditation instructor and life coach is two-fold. The first is to guide you on your chosen path of enlightenment and fulfilment. The second is to show you the ways in which meditation will bring balance, happiness and harmony to your life. Through meditation you can achieve the happiness, inner peace, and life goals you desire.
Let’s review several types of meditation that may help you
1.Mindfulness Meditation — This type of meditation is all about being one with yourself. It is about being aware of your surroundings and the things going on around you (being mindful), yet being able to accept these things for what they are without any prejudice or judgment. Mindfulness is a recurring thread in most forms of meditation. For that reason, mindfulness has been intensely studied and found to help with:
- The ridding of negativity about people, places, and things that annoy
- Reducing anxieties and over-reacting
- Improvement of memory, focus, and personal satisfaction
- Reduction of detrimental impulsiveness and compulsive behavior
- Improvement in relationship fulfillment—spousal, family, and friendships
2. Yoga Meditation — With ancient beginnings in India, yoga is a physically active kind of meditation that takes on many forms. Though its roots are both secular and religious, almost all types of yoga involve controlled posturing and breathing. Most types of yoga also include the recitation of a mantra to calm the mind and improve concentration on one’s breathing and physical body. Yoga is widely accepted and practiced as a way to reduce pain, increase stamina, and improve mental well-being.
3. Progressive Relaxation — This form of meditation is often used by people suffering from insomnia or chronic pain. Put simply, and hence the name, this type of meditation starts in a prone position at one end of the body—usually the feet—and finishes at the other. The purpose of this meditation is to identify points of tension or pain, focus on them, and finally to release them. The goals are to increase feelings of comfort and calmness, induce sleep, and reduce pain when needed.
4. Transcendental Meditation — This is a spiritual form of meditation that incorporates mindfulness and lifts the person to a higher state of being. This type of meditation is done seated in the presence of a teacher. One must use an individualized mantra, assigned by the teacher. This mantra is repeated throughout the session in accordance with controlled breathing and a heightened mindfulness.
There are many types of meditation that may help you overcome the particular stress, strain, pain, or other negative situation that affects you. I have listed only a few of them here but there are many others, such as Metta, Chakra, and Visualization. I would happily discuss with you how meditation can help or, better yet, let me teach you so that you can discover the blissful wonders of meditation. To book your free discovery call, click here.