The Types of Meditation

ID-10027111Before we begin on this week’s topic I would like to express my apologies for not producing an article on this topic sooner, because of responsibilities behind the scenes within the depths of this site, I did not have much time to produce much content.

Now, as promised, Today’s topic is the types of meditation. For the sake of time I will be describing 6 types of globally recognized meditation:

  • Vipassana  meditation
  • Taoist meditation
  • Zen meditation
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Transcendental meditation
  • Prayer

Vipassana Meditation (Insight Meditation)

Vipassana Meditation was the type of meditation Buddha used and taught to his followers to relieve themselves from suffering. It is not primarily concerned with calming the mind, however, it is concerned with enlightenment, with finding the truth of oneself, the realization of the I am. Buddha’s theory was that suffering could be eliminated by knowing thyself. This meditation is perceived to remove toxins and impurities from the body and relieve the causes of suffering, desire and incompetence.

Taoist Meditation

Taoist meditation, like Vipassana meditation is more primarily concerned with a grand realization, instead of relief to a particular symptom. This type of meditation, however is concerned with contemplating the world around oneself, instead of the world within. Because this type of meditation was written about by another author on this website, I will not go into any more detail. If you would like to learn more follow the link to his article.

Zen Meditation

Zen meditation is the practice of allowing insight to flow from the external world by shutting off all internal stimuli such as thoughts. It claims that by ceasing the thoughts within your head, and by sitting in a particular pose, grand insight will come to you in the form of whatever it chooses. While most times this grand insight escapes practitioners, the practices of Zen meditation allows an escape from the chatter that the mind creates.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation teaches practitioners to focus on the present moment. As most stress that humans are burdened with is a result of a dwelling on something that has occurred in the past or will occur in the future, this type of meditation has massively beneficial implications in stress relief. It is also concerned with being mindful of any and all practices that one accomplishes in the present moment, perceiving everything to be sacred and allowing that realization to change your perception of reality.

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental meditation is a very simple but very effective method of meditation that involves the use of mantras given to a practitioner by a certified teacher. This is the only type of meditation scientifically proven to show health benefits, and requires no more than 10-20 minutes twice daily to see benefits. This type of meditation however, is not free. In order to reap the benefits the meditation must be taught, and the course is quite expensive. To learn more visit http://www.tm.org/

Prayer

Many people like to disassociate meditation and prayer, because of a religious obligation, but in a very liberal sense, prayer is a type of meditation. It is primarily concerned with looking outward for guidance on either a particular situation, a desire, or something as broad as the meaning of life. There are many ways to pray, and it is usually dependent on either a particular religion, or an individual.

Sources:

http://www.project-meditation.org/a_mt4/different_types_of_meditation.html

http://www.vipassanadhura.com/whatis.htm

http://www.taopage.org/meditation.html

http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody/a/Meditation.htm

http://www.tm.org/

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