Types of Meditation – a quick overview (cont.)
Here is the continuation of the types of meditation article from last week. Please read The 7 Most Popular Types of Meditation – Overview (Part 1) to get the complete discussion.
With Part 1 fresh in your mind, here is the conclusion to this fascinating discussion on the many types of meditation!
One of the more fascinating types of meditation is Energy meditation. Energy Meditation is based on the thought that everything is energy and, thru meditation, a practitioner can control this energy.
Although there are many different types of Energy Meditation styles in both Eastern and Western cultures, the most popular is kundalini
Kundalini meditation, sometimes called Kundalini Yoga, focuses on 7 primary energy centers called Chakras. Each chakra is the center of a different type of energy and thru meditation practice a practitioner can manipulate and strengthen these chakra centers.
Energy Meditation is very popularity. Some styles include:
- Qi Gong
- Tai Chi and some other Martial arts
Energy Meditation is a great practice for those looking for health benefits from meditation. But please, never rely on Energy Meditation as a sole source of health and always consult your physician.
Religious & Spiritual Meditation
Pretty much all of the world religions practice meditation of some form. Each religion has its own techniques and purpose for their meditation practices. While many call it prayer, most have a meditation practice that either reflects on the revelations of the specific religions God or Gods.
The types of meditation practiced by Western Religions, such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam, usually focus on prayer, the revelations of God, or the repetition of holy words.
In the Eastern Religions, such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism, the methods and purpose of meditation count in the thousands. The most common types of meditation practiced by Eastern Religions focus on the repetition of a mantra, energy meditation, as well as breath meditation.
Religious and Spiritual Meditation is worldwide and as varied as there are religious and spiritual practices. Some styles include:
While Religious and Spiritual Meditation is one of the more common ways to practice meditation, the techniques and purposes vary with each discipline. This short article can only provide a pointer to the variety of styles.
Contemplative Meditation, while frequently associated with Christian Meditation, has actually been practiced for ages. This meditation practice is commonly used to cultivate critical focus and promote the ability to think clearly and to think through a process or problem.
Philosophers from ancient Greece to the present day use Contemplative Meditation as do Scientists, and Engineers. If you look into the lives of some of the more famous Philosophers, Scientists, and inventors, you will find that they regularly used some form of Contemplative Meditation.
Of the various types of meditation, Contemplative Meditation is a very useful tool in developing clear and critical thinking. Some famous people who have used Contemplative Meditation include:
- Benjamin Franklin – scientist & inventor
- Marie Curie – scientist
- Nikola Tesla – scientist & inventor
- Bertrand Russell – philosopher
- René Déscartes – philosopher
- Aristotle – philosopher
Contemplative Meditation is a great meditation practice for someone who wants to train their mind for analysis or problem solving. It’s not just for Scientists or Philosophers, many use this type of meditation to solve personal, interpersonal and social conflicts.
Guided meditation is actually a technique rather than a style of meditation. With guided meditation, the practitioner uses verbal guidance either by a person of through audio or video products. Depending on the goal, the practitioner is helped through the meditation by suggested imagery, affirmations, for a visualized desired outcome.
Of the numerous types of meditation, Guided Meditation is the most versatile. It can be adapted to most any other style and can be used as a stand alone method for personal improvement. Some types of Guided Meditation include:
- Deep Relaxation
- Restful Sleep
- Deep Sleep
- Stress Relief
- Peace of Mind
- Increase Focus
- Increase Memory
Guided Meditation is a great meditation practice for someone who wants to change their life. Guided Meditation can be used to quit bad habits such as smoking, over eating, or chewing fingernails. It can also be used to create positive habit such as increase self esteem, eat healthier, or reduce stress.
In this article I have described 7 of the most popular types of meditation. While I believe this has provided a good overview, If you are interested in any type, I would suggest you read further and develope a practice of that style to really gain a deeper knowledge.
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