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  • Hardeep Singh

#22 - Different types of meditation techniques

On my quest for meditation, I discovered that there are the different type of mediation techniques/styles. The different types of meditation help keep your body and mind healthy. Meditative practices have existed for centuries and since the last couple of decades, the use of meditation is on the rise due to the rise of interest about the teaching of the eastern cultures. another major reason for the rise is the stress and anxiety of modern life. The different types of meditation techniques that have evolved from Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism can be classified into five categories:

  1. Concentration

  2. Reflective Meditation

  3. Heart-Centred Meditation

  4. Creative Meditation

  5. Mindfulness Meditation

Concentration Meditation – Concentration is at the heart of all the types of meditation, but in some techniques, the focus is predominantly on building concentration. I hear you ask Why is concentration so important? This is because, in order to gain the fruits of meditation, you need to train the mind to concentrate and focus on an object or nothingness, that is to cut out all distractions. This allows you to calm your mind and awaken beyond thought elaboration and even beyond your sense of self. Once you hold this view of awareness, you can use it for your wellness and for the greater good. There are lots of types of meditation techniques in concentration meditation category that can help you overcome distractions within and outside your mind and help you sustain mental focus. The different types of techniques that will help you gain concentration include:

  • Zen meditation

  • Transcendental Meditation

  • Om meditation

  • Shine Meditation or Samadhi

  • Chakra Meditation

  • Reflective Meditation

Reflective meditation – Reflective meditation is sometimes referred as analytical meditation and refers to disciplined thinking. In order to successfully practice reflective meditation, you will need to choose a question, theme, or topic and focus your analysis or reflection upon it. At the beginning, your thoughts may wander to other topics but then you need to train your mind to come back to the topic in question. In order to do this, you need to learn concentration meditation first. As you practice every day, your mind will be more in control and not wander off. It is one of the most important types of meditation and is considered to have a calming effect on the mind. It stimulates transformative power and provides you with great conviction and strength to change the course of your life.

Heart- centered Meditation – Heart-centred meditation will help you release all your fears and sadness and bathe in the radiance of loving kindness and compassion. It is also known as the heart chakra meditation. Practicing this meditation over a period of time will help you to heal your heart. This meditation technique helps in opening the heart chakra and removes any negative energy that exists. In order to practice this meditation technique, choose a quiet place, set the right posture and focus on the heart area while inhaling and exhaling slowly but smoothly. You can also connect your heart to the heart of a teacher or a person you feel that is compassionate. This is considered as one of the important types of meditation techniques. I found this to be one of the difficult meditation to practice. I would highly recommend getting a teacher at the start as it can be tough.

Creative Meditation or Visualization – A different type of meditation technique, this form of meditation will enable you to consciously cultivate also strengthen different qualities of your mind. It focuses on strengthening qualities, such as appreciation, joy, compassion, patience, empathy, love, gratitude, compassion, humility, fearlessness, and tenderness, among others.

Mindfulness Meditation – Mindfulness meditation is one the most powerful and alternative meditation techniques. This lays emphasis on cultivating a highly receptive mindful attention toward any action or objects within your sphere of influence. Mindfulness meditation is one of the important meditation types that helps you learn a simple thing: to pay attention or be “mindful”. This type of meditation is known to provide pain relief and help for those suffering from anxiety and depression. There are different types of techniques in this category that you can practice such as

  • Deep breathing meditation

  • Body scan meditation

  • Visualization meditation

  • Mindful breathing

  • Mindful eating

  • Sitting Meditation

  • Walking Meditation

Meditation music helps only if you are able to choose the right music for the type of meditation you practice. Mindfulness Meditation takes discipline and commitment but it is simple and you can do it. In the long run, you will learn to mix mindfulness meditation with everyday life’s events and get its tremendous positive effects. The main type of meditation we will be discussing in this book is ‘mindfulness’ meditation. If you want to understand and explore more in the realm of meditation or mindfulness. I highly recommending reading books by great authors such a

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