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Types of Meditation

The art of meditation is just one of the many wonders of the human brain, quite small yet capable of accomplishing unbelievable things. Most writers are familiar with the word meditation, but not many have experienced or harnessed the power of meditation. Perhaps the only reason you have not tried meditating is that you don’t know how to go about it, and maybe you don’t know anyone who can teach you. Well, that won't be the case anymore because I'm going to take you through the types of meditation you need to know about.

What is meditation?

Meditation is the practice of becoming self-aware through breath and attention to connect the mind, body, and spirit. There are many types of meditation and all of them serve the same purpose. It’s also important to note that each type of meditation is unique and therefore is associated with particular qualities. With the diverse personalities and needs of writers, one style of meditation may be more suitable than the other for a specific writer. The nine types of meditation include:

Mindfulness meditation

This type of meditation teaches one to calm the mind and body by slowing down racing thoughts and letting go of negative energy. Generally, the writer has to achieve this through deep breathing and awareness of the body and mind. It puts a writer in a mental state where he or she is fully focused on “the now” so that he or she can acknowledge and accept his or her thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment.

Spiritual meditation

This type of meditation enables the writer to reach their higher consciousness and get a deeper understanding of him or herself. It’s mostly practiced to help a writer connect with a higher power, which may be his or her higher self or God. In spiritual meditation, the writer gets to hear voices or see visions and feel a spiritual presence. For spiritual meditation, the writer has to experience the process (let the process take its course naturally rather than forcing it), acknowledge his or her thoughts, say a prayer, and reflect on him or herself.

Focused meditation

Focused meditation involves being focused on something to stay in the present moment, slowing down the inner thoughts and dialogue. The writer can achieve this by focusing on an object, sound, or sensation.

Movement meditation

This type of meditation involves exercises and practices that result in a shift of consciousness. The writer can achieve movement meditation by engaging in slow, firm, and rhythmical movements, assuming certain specific postures, and taking deep continuous breaths.

Progressive relaxation

This type of meditation involves releasing tension from the writer’s muscles. The writer can achieve this through breathing in and out while tensing a group of muscles and simultaneously relaxing them.

Visualization meditation

Visualization meditation involves picturing positive images, symbols, ideas to help calm the mind and body. The writer can also use affirmations and mantras.

Transcendental meditation

This type of meditation allows the writer’s mind to experience pure consciousness. The writer’s mind gets to settle inwardly, resulting in perfect stillness, rest, stability, order, and a strong or complete absence of mental boundaries. The writer can achieve this by repeating a mantra with eyes closed and him or herself seated in a comfortable position.

Loving-kindness meditation

For this type of meditation, the writer is supposed to focus benevolent and loving energy towards him or herself and others to achieve self-acceptance, forgiveness, connection to other people, and a lot more.

Mantra meditation

Mantra meditation involves speaking, whispering, or chanting a syllable, word, or phrase to help release the mind.

All these types of meditation will help a writer achieve a state of calmness in his body and mind; which helps a lot in coping with stress and anxiety. Except for the movement meditation, the writer has to ensure that he or she is seated in a comfortable position as this greatly influences the meditation process.

Written by Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Keith Mbuya