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A Guide to 7 Different Types of Meditation | Everyday Health
Mindfulness meditation is the process of being fully present with your thoughts. Being mindful means being aware of where we are and what we're doing, and not being overly reactive to what's going on around us. Mindful meditation can be done anywhere.

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Mindfulness Meditation

It is the process of being fully present with your thoughts, being aware of your surroundings and not reactive to what is going on around you.

Although some prefer to sit in a quiet place...

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Transcendental Meditation

The goal of this technique is to achieve inner peace without concentration or effort. 

A person is assigned a mantra to repeat in a specific way. It is practiced 20 minutes twice eac...

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Guided Meditation

It is also called visualization or guided imagery, where you form mental pictures or situations that you find relaxing.

It is commonly led by a guide, and practitioners are encouraged to ...

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Vipassana Meditation

The goal of this ancient Indian form of meditation is self-transformation through self-observation.

It is typically taught during a 10-day course, and students are expected to follow...

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Metta Meditation

... or Loving Kindness Meditation is the practice of directing well-wishes toward others to evoke warm-hearted feelings.

It is practiced while sitting in a comfortable, relaxed position, ...

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Chakra Meditation

Chakra meditation is made up of relaxation techniques focused on bringing balance and well-being to the centers of energy and spiritual power in the body.

Some techniques include vis...

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Yoga Meditation

It involves performing a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises meant to promote flexibility and calm the mind.

Practitioners are encouraged to focus less on distractions a...

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Guided vs. unguided meditation

  • 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 ...

Calming vs. insight meditation

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 techniques combine elements of both.

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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Loving-kindness meditation

Also known as Metta meditation; the goal is to cultivate an attitude of love and kindness toward everything.
During meditation, practitioners send and repeat messages of loving-kind...

Body scan or progressive relaxation

The goal is to notice tension and to allow it to be released.
Practitioners start at one end of their body, usually their feet, and work through the whole. They might tense and then relax muscles or they might visualize a wave moving over their body to release tension.

Mindfulness meditation

It encourages practitioners to notice their surroundings without judgement, instead of dwelling on the past or future.

Mindfulness can be done almost anywhere, even in a grocery store, for example.

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Reducing Stress

Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress.

  • In an eight-week study, a meditation style called "mindfulness meditation" reduced the inflammation response caused by stres...

Controlling Anxiety

Less stress leads to less anxiety.

Regular meditation helps reduce anxiety and anxiety-related mental health issues like social anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

Promoting Emotional Health

Some types of meditation can improve depression and help you maintain these benefits.

  • Two studies of mindfulness meditation found decreased depression in over 4,600 adults.
  • One study found that participants experienced a long-term decrease in depression.

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