One of the ways for people to overcome their worries, fears and other personal issues is through meditation. Meditation is a form of discipline that lets a person focus on his whole being to achieve a peaceful mind and heart. This practice has been used for thousands of years by ancient Asians to promote total body and mind well-being. And now, many people are reaping its benefits for their physical and mental health.
“Mindfulness helps alleviate suffering. Through learning mindfulness techniques and meditation, people can participate in their own healing process. It is extremely empwoering and provides a path to deeper inner peace and well-being.” – Dana Anderson, LPC
You can choose which type of meditation will suit you and your lifestyle from this list:
Transcendental Meditation (TM)
According to Maharishi, the guru who developed this type of meditation and has taught the practice to more than 5M people worldwide, Transcendental Meditation was established to enlighten the person while performing it. The whole idea is to be overcome by inner calmness while in LOTUS and chanting a mantra to rid of negativity.
Heart Rhythm Meditation (HRM)
Practitioners call this type of meditation as the “triple threat” because it can provide benefits for a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Their mantra is, and this is quoted from the Institute for Applied Meditation on the Heart site: “I am a part of all things and all things are a part of me.” The person will better handle life stressors and exude a positive aura after learning of the HRM. (Breathing techniques that center around the heart will be acquired which make it a downward meditation.)
If HRM is a downward meditation practice, then, Kundalini is the opposite of that and is termed as an upward meditation. If pays attention to an upward stream of energy that can alter a person’s state of awareness. Buddhist and Hindu traditions include this type of meditation and practitioners confirm its “healing” powers.
Lawrence Edwards, LMHC, says, “Kundalini is the yogic term for the power of the Divine that propels us along our journey beyond the ordinary mind into the infinite expanse of unspeakable Oneness. This awesome, transpersonal power, Kundalini, is often misunderstood, especially in the West. Kundalini is referred to as a Goddess in the East, as the Divine Feminine is the archetypal power of creativity, giving birth to all forms.”
- Guided Visualization
This type of meditation was inspired by the wisdom of Buddha, specifically his lessons on behavioral growth, stress release and spiritual therapy. It is a pretty recent type of meditation and its goal is to focus on one central point every session. The end result is always to produce optimistic spirits by visualizing the images – guided visualization.
- Qi Gong
Qi Gong is another Chinese form of meditation that involves breathing exercises combined with movements. It aims to get rid of stress as the body breathes in the air and sends it all over the body. With this type of meditation, a person is believed to be able to control his stress reactions while correcting the body’s posture and respiration function.
Laura Umfer, PsyD, says this about Qi gong: “Take what you want and leave the rest. Use your own beliefs when doing the movements. Qi is a universal life force, also called prana, spirit, and many other names, which can be found in all cultures and religions.”
Buddhists call it Zazen or “seated meditation”. All you need to do is sit in a relaxed position while maintaining a straight back. Close your eyes and breathe in. You will have to guide yourself during the meditation process and total focus is required. Thoughts must be shifted away, as well.
The most popular type of meditation is the Mindfulness practice from Buddhist origins. To understand the wisdom brought by life, one must be able to transcend his suffering and learn to move on from it without excess baggage. This is what Mindfulness meditation tries to grasp through breathing exercises.
There are many other meditation types, but the seven mentioned above are widely practiced by millions of people around the world. If you’re unsure of what will work for you, you can always speak with online therapy experts and specialists from BetterHelp. They will guide you with your meditation queries and will thoroughly assist you on other issues.