If you’ve ever wondered ‘how to properly meditate,’ or asked, ‘what’s the best way to meditate,’ you’re not alone. One reason that many people who want to meditate don’t actually do it is because they are afraid that they are not doing it right, or they don’t immediately feel any results. The good news is there is not one particular way to meditate. In fact, there are many different types of meditation, and different people will resonate with different ones.
If you enjoy silence, there is a type of meditation for you. If you enjoy movement, there is a type of meditation for you. One of the keys to developing a meditation practice that works for you is to experiment with different types of meditation until you find one that feels good. Don’t give up after one try because you don’t think anything happened, or because you fell asleep while trying to meditate. Many benefits of meditation, such as increased clarity and awareness, occur over time and you likely won’t even realize it is happening until it does.
If you’re thinking of starting a meditation practice, consider the following different types of meditation. If one excites you more than others as you read about it, try that form first. But be willing to experiment, as you may find that you naturally have an easier time with one type over the others.
Mindfulness meditation. This is one of the most popular and well-known types of meditation. When engaging in mindfulness meditation, you basically become aware of all of the sounds going on around you. Rather than fighting to silence your thoughts, you may notice your thoughts, paying attention to them but not judging them or allowing the thought to grow and take over your mind. The key is not to focus on any one thought or sound, but rather to notice and continue to see what you become aware of from moment to moment.
Focused meditation. Unlike mindfulness meditation, in which you allow your attention to wander wherever it goes, focused meditation seeks to focus your attention on one particular word, object, sound or thought. A guided meditation is an example of a focused meditation since you’re being instructed to think of a particular scene or imagery during the meditation. Some people find it easier to have a point of focus, while others have a tough time keeping the mind from wandering. However, a focused meditation can do a lot to calm the mind and clear it, particularly if you’ve been stressed out about things in your daily life.
Mantra meditation. Ever seen someone meditating while chanting Om? That is an example of mantra meditation, in which you chant a word during the meditation process. The sound actually becomes the point of focus for the mind during the meditation process.
Movement meditation. This is one that many people are surprised to find is actually a form of meditation. Many people wrongly believe that you have to sit still in silence to meditate when that is not necessary at all. When you meditate, you might engage in slow, rhythmic and repetitive motions, or you might walk a labyrinth to get into a meditative state.
Want to learn more about meditation? Your Best Meditation offers techniques and guided meditations that you can try.