Which Meditation Types
Are Best For You?
On this page you will discover five of the most effective meditation types that you may want to explore.
Meditation types can be easy or difficult. It depends on the teacher’s ability, your desire, and a third factor, how you learn best. Is it through meditation home study, in-person workshops, one on one, or with written instructions?
You see, you already know how to meditate! You may not remember, but as a child you meditated naturally. It’s an ability that you were born with, but forgot how to use. If you like (simple) scientific explanations... in the same way that sleeping and waking correspond to a specific brain wave activity, so does meditation.
The meditation types below include a few that are extremely well-detailed in "Seven Masters, One Path: Meditation Secrets from the World's Greatest Teachers".
This is an exceptional book by John Selby, who has spent more than 30 years teaching and practicing various meditation types.
In this book, he presents a 7-part process that focuses on aspects of meditation demonstrated by the world's greatest spiritual teachers: Patanjali, Jesus, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Kirshnamurti, Mohammed, and Gurdjieff.
1. Watching The Breath was recommended by the Indian sage Patanjali around 400 AD. According to the sage, it’s not possible to access your deeper peace and joy during your normal thinking processes. He explained that normal awareness contracts by thinking too much. While laser-like thinking may sometimes result in expanded awareness, it’s only in meditation that you can decrease the dozens of colliding thoughts.
When you make the decision to have more peace and joy, you are choosing to narrow your focus of thought, at least during meditation. As your thought stream narrows, you feel more serene. Breath observation helps stop your mental chatter, brings you into the present moment and reveals serenity from inside. (Patanjali didn’t give meditation techniques.)
2. Heart Awakening was what Jesus taught. He revealed the heart’s capacity for receiving and giving unconditional love. His parables took people outside the box. "Be still and know that I am God" was a simple bedtime meditation he advised. (Books by Unity Church founder, Charles Fillmore describe Jesus beautifully.)
3. Quieting The Mind is the focus of Taoism and Lao Tzu. He lived around 500 BC and his meditation types included self inquiry. That means asking yourself questions, like: "Can I concentrate without deviating?" "Can I breathe completely naturally?"
4. Accepting the Truth was Buddha’s teaching. He said, "We are what we think". (Today's violent movies and news increases mental restlessness. Road rage and fighting are one result.)
All meditation types quiet your mind and tame your ego. Ego struggles against positive change. Ego comes disguised as restlessness when you try to meditate. This is explained at more length on the page on Frequently Asked Questions about stress relief guided meditation.
5. Spontaneous Meditation is what you find here at Meditation Escape. This is one of the most simple and effective meditation types for busy people. Spontaneous Meditation gives tangible benefits in the shortest amount of time.
Believe it or not, this is true whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned meditator. Here you can learn to meditate, enjoy free meditations or relaxation videos. And, you can listen guided meditation in the Meditation Escape Store.
There is a variety of meditation techniques on this website. Each one can guide you into the serenity of your heart. Each honors four principles:
- Your body is a temple of light
- Your mind is creative intelligence
- Your inner wisdom guides you to the degree you allow it
- You are great inside right now, with addictions, anxiety, anger etc.
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