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What are all the types of meditation & which one is best?

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  • In guided meditation, a teacher guides you through the basic steps of the practice. This is useful for beginners to get the most out of the experience.
  • In unguided meditation, you meditate without someone else explaining the process.

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The intention of calming meditation is to cultivate a quieter, more peaceful state of mind and improved concentration.

Insight meditation often sets an intention to transform the mind by developing qualities such as wisdom and compassion. 

Many meditation techniqu...

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Focused attention

It uses the object of your breath to focus attention and maintain awareness. If your mind starts to wander, return your attention to your breath.

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This technique is designed to allow your mind and body to sync by performing a mental scan of your body from the top of your head to the end of your toes.

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This technique involves specifically observing what’s distracting the mind. Then note the thought or feeling and let it go.

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Picture something or someone in your mind instead of focusing on your breath.

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It means focusing on the image of different people and directing positive energy and goodwill first to yourself and then to others.

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It involves focusing on a person you know or love and paying attention to the sensations arising from the heart. 

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This technique involves letting the mind truly rest by letting the thoughts drift away.

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This technique invites you to ask yourself a question, then to be aware of the feelings your question evokes.

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Zen meditation

This ancient Buddhist tradition involves sitting upright and following the breath as it moves in and out of the belly, and letting the mind “just be.”

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This technique teaches you to focus on a mantra. The idea is that the subtle vibrations associated with the repeated mantra can encourage positive change.

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It is taught by trained instructors and involves sitting comfortably with one’s eyes closed for 20 minutes, twice per day, and engaging in the effortless practice as instructed.

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Yoga meditation

It is aimed at strengthening the nervous system, so we are better able to cope with everyday stress and problems.

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Use your concentration to examine certain aspects of your existence with the intention of eventual transformation.

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It is aimed at keeping the body’s core chakras or centers of energy, back into balance.

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This Chinese practice involves harnessing energy in the body by allowing energy pathways to be open and fluid.

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This form uses bowls, gongs, and other instruments.  Creating sound vibrations helps to focus the mind.

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