Exploring the Many Forms of Meditation
Meditation does not have the same meaning for everyone. There are many factors that can determine exactly what meditation means for you. These include who taught you all about it, what type of person you are and which tradition you decide to base your meditation on.
It is becoming much more popular in America, but many cultures consider meditation a necessary part of life. And why not? It can help you live a richer and more fulfilling life in a multitude of ways. If you decide to start meditating then you will need to decide what suits you the best.
There are many different types of meditation. Chances are you have meditated without even knowing it. Here are some of the different types of meditation:
~ Mindfulness meditation
~ Breath meditation
~ Medical meditation
~ Sound (Mantra) meditation
~ Creative visualization
~ Visual (Mandala) meditation
~ Guided Imagery
~ Movement meditation (such as QiGong or Tai Chi)
~ Classic Zen Buddhist meditation
~ New age meditation
~ Creativity meditation (or art meditation – drawing, writing, etc.)
~ Classic yoga meditation
I will not go as far as to describe each of these types of meditation further in this article but you can easily find out more about them by trying a google search for each one. You can try a few that seem likely to be a good fit or try all of them.
The single thing that most of the types of meditation have in common is that they encourage you not to think. Monkey mind is a term I like to use to describe how many people in North America tend to think. Our society is fast-paced and stressful which causes our minds to overthink, many times.
Monkey mind is really just a mind that jumps around a lot and overworks itself, unnecessarily. Meditation can help you to slow your mind down and teach you how to focus on one thing at a time. If you can focus on one thing you will be much more effective at it and even finish that much quicker.
Don’t mix up your terms. Meditation does not inspire non-thinking rather it helps you to unlock the gateway to your superconscious mind. Our brain has simply been overdeveloped and it helps to get back to the basics. You do not want to get rid of thinking all together because no sensible person would deny that thinking is still necessary for survival.
Do a little research and give one or all types of meditation a try. No doubt, it has helped millions of people live a better life. It only requires 20 minutes a day and will not cost you an arm and a leg to get into.