Within this blog, I explore the different types of meditation.
Meditation plays a key role in my online course, the thinkmiracle program, and is something I practice every day; the benefits of meditation are vast and span, not only emotional wellbeing but physical wellbeing, too. But what are the different types of meditation, and which one might suit you?
Different types of meditation
There are multiple types of meditation to choose from, such as mindfulness meditation, visualisation meditation, and spiritual meditation, all of which come with their own uses and benefits.
However, there are 2 major types of meditation, or forms. These are:
- Focused-attention meditation
- Open-monitoring meditation
Focused attention meditation
Focused-attention meditation is the most common form of meditation and concentrates attention on a single object, thought, sound, or visualisation.
This type of meditation emphasises ridding your mind of attention and distraction, and may focus on breathing, a mantra, or a calming sound.
Focused attention meditation requires you to consistently monitor the quality of the attention and focus you give to the anchor you choose (an object, sound, etc.), recognising each time you become distracted; the more you practice, the more focused on your anchor you will become.
Open-monitoring meditation encourages broadened awareness of all aspects of your environment, train of thought, and a sense of self.
It may include becoming aware of thoughts, feelings, or impulses that you might normally try to suppress.
Guided meditation and unguided meditation
Both forms of meditation are considered to sit under the umbrella term mindfulness meditation, and both can be either a guided meditation or an unguided meditation.
Guided meditation means a meditation led by an instructor, whereas unguided meditation is the practice of meditating by yourself and leading yourself through your meditation.
Often, beginners and those who are less confident within the practice use guided meditation, where more advanced meditators use unguided.
However, when it comes to deciding which of the different types of meditation is for you, it comes down to precisely that—you; what you want from your meditation, how you feel, and what you wish to work on.
However you meditate and whichever form of meditation you choose, ensuring meditation is part of your routine will help you transform your life.
I teach meditation through my online course, the thinkmiracle program, and it’s something I practice every day. It helped me find my happiness and inner peace, and I hope it helps you do the same.
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