What Are The Different Forms Of Meditation?

Published on June 22, 2020

Meditation is a practice that calms down the mind, body, and soul. Meditation is an ancient tradition that is practiced worldwide by many people, including myself. I practice meditation regularly, and it helps relax me when I’m stressed, uptight, frustrated, angry, or whatever negative emotion I’m feeling. I know if I’m getting myself worked up then I need to take a couple of moments to sit down and meditate. I meditate regularly every morning and night, and when I do, I start my day with a fresh outlook.

Meditation may seem like a difficult thing to do, and many think it’s not right for them, but mediation can de-stress anyone. Let me start by saying that no, you don’t have to be a yoga instructor or health guru to mediate, anyone can do it. There is no wrong or right way to meditate, but there are different forms of meditation that might suit a person’s needs. Those seven forms are mindfulness meditation, spiritual meditation, focused meditation, movement mediation, mantra mediation, and transcendental meditation.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation is a practice that teaches you how to slow down any thoughts that are going through your mind. It teaches you to let go of all the negativity and calm both your body and mind. For this form of mediation you don’t need anything to get started, but if you want to light candles, scents, or anything else, you are welcome to. Remember, this is YOUR meditating session.

Spiritual Meditation

Spiritual meditation sounds like exactly what it is. According to Healthline, “It’s similar to a prayer in that you reflect on the silence around you and seek a deeper connection with your God or Universe.” Spiritual meditation can be practiced either at home or in your place of worship.

Focused Meditation

This form of meditation may be good for those who like to direct their attention to an object and keep it there. A level of stillness may be an effective way to meditate for others. Focusing on a candle, a picture on the wall, or maybe that stain on the floor is a form of meditation that calms the mind and relaxes people.

Movement Meditation

Movement Meditation is self-explanatory; you are doing your meditation through movement. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this may be yoga, but it can also be other forms of movement like walking, hiking, gardening, and other gentle movement forms. This is for those who prefer a plan of action as a meditation rather than being still.

Mantra Meditation

Mantra Meditation is where you chose a poem, word, phrase, prayer, fragment, or whatever it may be and repeat it multiple times during your meditation. Ideally, this is supposed to be something that you can easily remember and repeat. You can speak this out loud or quietly. After chanting for some time, you should be more alert and in tune with your environment.

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation is the stereotypical type of meditation that you see depicted in popular culture. That picture you see of people sitting cross-legged with and eyes closed? That is transcendental meditation. According to The Zoe Report, “this method is designed to allow your active mind to easily settle inward, through quieter levels of thought until you experience the most silent and peaceful level of your awareness- pure consciousness.”

Jori Ayers is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily based in Tampa, Florida. She was formerly with the editorial team at Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.

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