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Different Meditation Techniques

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

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Meditation is so much more than just sitting in the lotus position. There is a huge variety of different meditation techniques that you can choose from!

In this blog post, we'll present 15 different meditation techniques and give you some expert tips on how to find the right meditation technique for you!

15 Different Meditation Techniques

If you have tried meditating just sitting still and it doesn't suit you, don't worry. There are many other styles and meditation techniques you can try out!

Some of them include movement or making sounds, which may be more suitable for some people than sitting still or focusing on your breath.

Here are some different meditation techniques for you to examine and try out:

  1. Mindfulness Meditation: Focuses on the present moment, observing thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judgment.

  2. Transcendental Meditation: Involves repeating a specific mantra silently for 20 minutes, twice daily, to settle into a state of deep rest.

  3. Guided Visualization: Led by a teacher or recording, participants visualize a peaceful scene or journey, promoting relaxation.

  4. Loving-Kindness (Metta) Meditation: Cultivates an attitude of love and kindness toward oneself and others through repeated positive affirmations.

  5. Body Scan Meditation: Participants mentally scan their bodies, noting sensations and releasing tension, fostering body awareness and relaxation.

  6. Zen (Zazen) Meditation: Seated meditation that focuses on the breath and observing thoughts and sensations, rooted in Zen Buddhism.

  7. Chakra Meditation: Concentrates on the seven chakras or energy centers of the body, aiming to balance and align them.

  8. Mantra Meditation: Uses a word or series of words repeated over and over to clear the mind and deepen concentration.

  9. Walking Meditation: Mindful walking that brings full attention to every step, promoting groundedness and present-moment awareness.

  10. Progressive Relaxation: Also known as "body scan", it involves tensing and then relaxing each muscle group in the body to increase body awareness and relaxation.

  11. Yoga Nidra: A form of guided meditation performed lying down, leading participants into a state between wakefulness and sleep for deep relaxation.

  12. Breath Awareness Meditation: Simple focus on inhalation and exhalation, promoting concentration, calmness, and a centered mind.

  13. Gazing Meditation (Trataka): Steady gazing at an external object, often a candle flame, to enhance focus and concentration.

  14. Sound Bath Meditation: Uses bowls, gongs, and other instruments to create sound vibrations that promote relaxation and a meditative state.

  15. Contemplative Meditation: Reflecting deeply on specific questions or concepts, often spiritual or philosophical.

A person standing on a field looking at sunset. The image reflects on the fact that there are other meditation techniques than just sitting still in a lotus position.
Meditating isn't always just sitting still in silence.

Finding the Right Meditation Technique for You

Finding the right meditation technique can take time, but think of it as a fun journey where you get to try something new all the time! We recommend that at the beginning of your meditation journey, you try at least a few different techniques.

And if you've been meditating for a longer time, changing techniques occasionally can bring a fresh perspective to your practice!

It's important not to get discouraged and give up on meditation altogether if it doesn't seem to flow at first. It is difficult for almost everyone at the beginning.

The most important thing is that you take this time to calm down regularly for yourself and find a way to meditate that feels natural to you.

We wish you good luck and joy on your meditation journey. 🩷

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