Free awareness meditation
On the other hand, when you meditate without any seed, it is known as free awareness meditation. When following this approach, you focus your attention on your awareness itself. As this is an advanced approach, you acknowledge your thoughts and let go as you do not focus on any specific thing.
Both approaches lead to the same destination to deep concentration, inner peace, harmony, relaxation, confidence and clarity.
6 Types of meditation
As I said before, there is no right way or wrong way for you to meditate. However, it is crucial that you find the meditation practice which is suited to your needs your needs. Here are the 6 most popular, but not limited to, meditation practices that you can choose from-
- Mindfulness meditation
- Spiritual meditation
- Movement meditation
- Focused meditation
- Transcendental meditation
- Mantra meditation
As not all these meditation styles will be right for each and everyone, you need to develop a particular mindset to practice your preferred style. Just go for whichever one feels the most comfortable to you and you feel motivated to practice.
1. Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness meditation is perhaps the most popular and widely practiced style of meditation, especially in the West. Based on ancient Buddhist teachings, mindfulness meditation is the most simple practice that requires you to focus your attention on your breath. You simply observe and allow your thoughts to appear and pass without judging them or getting involved in them. By focusing on your breath or any object, you observe your emotions, thoughts and bodily sensations
2. Spiritual Meditation
This type of meditation is primarily practiced in Eastern religions, like Daoism, Hinduism and even in Christianity. It is very similar to praying in silence where you focus on the silence and reflect on your thoughts. The focus here is on seeking a deeper connection with the Universe or God.
3. Focused Meditation
This form of meditation requires you to concentrate on something based on any of your 5 senses. You can either focus on your breath or any external objects, count beads, look at a candle flame or listen to gongs or bells. It may sound simple, but it will certainly require a lot of practice like any other form of meditation.
4. Movement Meditation
Most forms of meditation require you to remain seated in a particular position. But this style of meditation requires you to focus on your body while in motion. Movement Meditation, also known as walking meditation, is a variant of mindfulness meditation and is also related with Tai chi, Yoga and various other forms of martial arts. You can practice this while walking through the woods, playing a sport, gardening, walking your dog etc.
5. Mantra Meditation
Mantra meditation or chanting meditation is widely recommended by Eastern and Western religions. While chanting, your mind must be focused on the sound and melody of the mantra, like the very popular “Om” mantra. The repetitive sound of the mantra helps to cleanse our mind, makes us more alert and deepens our awareness.
6. Visualization Meditation
Here you are required to visualize a particular image that invokes a specific feeling in your mind. You can close your eyes and imagine a beautiful mountain lake, a pristine beach, a lush meadow, the open sky or any other landscape or visualization that you can relate with. This type of meditation is believed to help the practitioners get rid of negative or unwelcome thoughts and attain inner peace.
How should you start meditating as beginner
Meditation for beginners should be easy to practice. Now that you have got some idea about meditation, what you need to do now is to forget it all and clear your mind before you get started. Yes, you heard me right. You will have the best meditation experiences only when you view it as a simple practice that you can do anytime you want. The information I provided above, is to give you an overview of what meditation is, not to confuse you or to make the process complicated for you.