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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.

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

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

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

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

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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 while focusing on their breathing, mindfulness meditation can be done anywhere.

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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-kindness, until they feel an attitude of loving kindness. 

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Mindfulness Meditation

It combines concentration with awareness.

  • Pay attention to your thoughts as they pass through your mind.
  • Don’t judge the thoughts or become involved with them.
  • Simply observe and take note of any patterns.
  • Focus on an object (or your breath) while you observe any sensations, thoughts, or feelings.

This type of meditation can be easily practiced alone.

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