3 Different Types of Meditation along with 2 Great Tips to Get You Started with Success

Meditation is a wonderful practice that can afford you numerous benefits to both your mind and body. If you have never meditated before, however, then you are likely to have some questions that you’d like to have answered before you get started. One question on your mind might be what are the different types of meditation? Or, what are some meditation tips? Well, there are several different types of meditation and countless tips that can help you and your process.

Below, you will discover details about some of the various types of meditation that are out there, along with some useful tips that can help you get started and achieve all of your most pressing meditation goals.

types of meditation

Silent Meditation

This type of meditation, while soundless, is not wordless. And what I mean by that is this type of meditation involves the silent repetition of a mantra over and over again inside your head. The mantra can be a single word or a short phrase; it’s really up to you which mantra you decide to use. One of the most popular mantras is “om,” but you can also repeat a phrase, such as “love is all around,” or “I am at peace.” Coupled with the mantra repetition is controlled breathing, which is done in a way that enables you to develop a soothing rhythm; thus allowing you to fall into a deeply relaxed state of mind.

Guided Meditation

This type of meditation often involves listening to a set of step-by-step instructions, which usually come in the way of an audio recording. In the recording a soothing voice guides the listener by describing a series of images for the listen to imagine and think about. Each guided meditation also often has an end-goal in mind, such as to increase positive thinking or overcome a fear.

Sound Mediation

With this meditation type, the use of music or other sounds is used to help coax the mind into a meditative state. There are even specific sound combinations that can be used to slow heart rates or promote physical relaxation.

…The three aforementioned types of meditation are just the tip of the iceberg, really.

There are numerous other forms of meditation that you can try to see which one is the best fit for you and your goals.

As some meditation tips to help you get started – first, you want to establish a routine with your meditation. Meditation should be performed daily, and since we all lead such busy lives, it’s imperative that you factor meditation in as a part of your daily habitual actions. Make your meditation as much a part of your everyday life as brushing your teeth or taking a shower.

Second, choose the right location in which to meditate. You want your meditation space to be as quiet and free from external foot traffic and noise as possible. This means no cell phones, computers, televisions, or radios allowed in your meditation space.

It may seem you need to know a lot about meditation before getting started, what with all of the different types of meditation and advice that’s out there. It’s really not necessary to become a “meditation expert” beforehand, however. Just sit down and start doing it, and then learn more about the different types and tips as you go!

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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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