A Guide to 7 Different Types of Meditation | Everyday Health
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... 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, breathing deeply and repeating well-wishes toward yourself first, then circling out toward others, ending with a universal mantra.
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 a set of rules throughout the entirety of the time, including abstaining from all intoxicants, telling lies, stealing, sexual activity, and killing any species.
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 each day while sitting comfortably with eyes closed.
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 while focusing on their breathing, mindfulness meditation can be done anywhere.
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 and stay more in the moment.
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 use as many senses as possible to evoke calmness.
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 visually picturing each chakra in the body and its corresponding color.
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