Explore the Two Main Types of Meditation in More Depth Right Here

If you are new to meditation, what you may not know is that there are two principal types of meditation. They are…

1. Concentration Meditation, which is also referred to as structured meditation.

And…

2. Mindfulness Meditation, which is also known as unstructured meditation.

Let us now examine each of these two types of meditation in a little more detail…

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Concentration Meditation – With this type of meditation, you focus on a single object, activity, or concept. You can choose to concentrate on a sound, such as a gushing stream, crashing waves, or blowing wind. You can concentrate on a visual object or an activity, such as breathing or walking, or you can focus on a sound – the traditional “om” chant, for example. Additionally, you can concentrate on a concept, such as love, forgiveness, or the meaning of life.

If your mind starts to wander when practicing this type of meditation, you need to try to refocus it on that singular object, concept, or activity. Be gentle when refocusing your mind, however, and don’t get angry or frustrated with yourself for getting side-tracked.

Mindfulness Meditation – With this type of meditation, the primary goal is to learn to live in the here and now, or present moment. Mindfulness meditation is different from structured meditation in that you do not focus your attention on any singular thing. Rather, you permit your mind to wander, and you welcome in all sensory experiences.

The trick with mindfulness meditation is that you perceive your incoming thoughts as a detached observer. You do not assign judgment or any specific emotions to your thoughts, whether they are negative or positive. In fact, you try not to have any reaction at all to what you are experiencing. You are simply acting as an observer of your thoughts, allowing them to come and go in your mind without giving any one particular thought any extra attention.

Concentration and mindfulness are two very different types of meditation and they require two very different skill sets. I would recommend testing out both types, first of all to see which one comes more naturally to you and second to assess which one you prefer doing.

You can achieve wonderful benefits from doing either one of the types of meditation.

Therefore, you should not get hung up on which one is “better.” The reason for this is because there is no one-size-fits-all meditation type. Meditation is a highly subjective experience that is based largely on personal preferences. Consequently what works well for one person will not necessarily be the best for someone else.

I personally prefer more structured meditation, but you need to decide for yourself which type is the best for you and your needs.

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Rachel, the owner of Your Best Meditation.com, is a traveler, marketer, and lover of adventure. She started meditating a few years ago, while living in Brazil, and has REALLY enjoyed the benefits of meditation since then. With regular meditation, Rachel reports feeling more calm, at peace, relaxed… and having a greater sense of “knowing”. That being said, she doesn’t always remember to meditate… … and is working on practicing more often. She finds that guided meditations help a lot, though. It can be really difficult to get still yourself, so having someone point you in the direction you want to take is priceless. When not meditating, Rachel has several other passions. Her interests range from reading, traveling, belly dancing, psychology, yoga, Toastmasters, and everything in between.

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