It doesn't really matter which type of meditation you begin with as practising any meditation will have benefits. Try aim for regular practise, starting with small periods of time, and work towards more extended periods as you are more practised. If you attempt extended periods in the beginning, it may prove to much to practise daily. You will be more likely to abandon the practise, and therefore abandon all the benefits it has to offer.
Following are some of the more common types of meditation:
- Spiritual (new-age) Meditation - Connecting to one's higher self or the universal source to gain information/wisdom or simply being more connected to it, by blanking the mind through concentration and releasing oneself from conscious thinking.
- Non Secular Meditation - Western or non-secular meditation emphasises on stress reduction, mental or muscular, and self-improvement.
- Buddhist Meditation - Samatha (or 'tranquility') meditation, a form of concentration meditation, focuses on stilling the mind in order to concentrate without distraction of thoughts. Vipassana (or 'insight') meditation, a form of mindfulness meditation focuses on coming to the realisation of no-self, impermanence and suffering. Yogic meditation, a complete process as systematic observation, understanding, acceptance and training of one's whole to be integated in order to dwell directly on the centre of consciousness using the mind, breath and physical postures, to name a few. Zen (or 'emptiness') meditation, a form of mindfulness meditation. To have the mind in thoughts in the current moment without contemplation of past or future, aiming for a blank, clear mind.
- Hindu Meditation - A form of mindfulness meditation. Aiming to set the mind free of thoughts, where the present moment alone is reflected on.
- Taoist Meditation - In order to understand the nature of the universe and move with it's flow, close observation of things that surround us and the world is undertaken.
- Jewish Meditation - Contemplative reflection and prayer on one's relationship with god, especially on the scriptures.
- Christian Meditation - Contemplative reflection and prayer on one's relationship with christ, god and/or the scriptures.
What types of meditation have you practised? Which have you found most helpful?
For the next instalment in this Meditation Series, click Meditation Series - Part 3 - Meditation Techniques
Kylie, of Complete Vibrational Therapies, has a Diploma of Metaphysics and is qualified in meditation.
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