For me, the goal of meditation is to melt into stillness, to glide into bliss, to feel my heart expand as my mind quiets. To be with my Self, to have my Self comfort the other parts in my internal system. Sounds lovely, right? And it is…but much like golf, you can know exactly what to do and simply trying to repeat the steps isn’t going to get you there every time.

 

As such, I love having different styles of meditation in my practice. Though I primarily practice Mantra Japa, I have a suite of styles that I pull from depending on how I am feeling in the moment. For example, some days when I need immediate comfort and calm, I use Cloud Meditation. I use Mindfulness Meditation throughout my day, especially as I find myself feeling anxious or rushed. I use Body Scanning as part of Yoga Nidra or when I am looking to detect which of my parts are activated. 

 

  1. Mindfulness Meditation: This form of meditation involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It often focuses on observing the breath, bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions as they arise and pass.
  2. Loving-kindness Meditation: Also known as Metta meditation, it involves cultivating feelings of love, compassion, and kindness towards oneself and others. Practitioners typically repeat specific phrases or visualize sending well-wishes to different individuals or groups, both people you love dearly, don’t know, are in conflict with, etc.
  3. Transcendental Meditation (TM): TM is a technique where practitioners silently repeat a mantra—a specific sound, word, or phrase—to achieve a state of relaxed awareness and transcend thought.
  4. Guided Meditation: In guided meditation, an instructor or a recorded audio guides participants through a series of visualizations and prompts, helping them relax and explore specific themes or goals.
  5. Vipassana Meditation: Vipassana, meaning “insight,” is a form of meditation that involves observing the sensations, thoughts, and emotions with clarity and non-reactivity. It aims to develop insight into the impermanent and interconnected nature of experience.
  6. Mantra Japa Meditation: Mantra Japa, often referred to simply as Japa, is a practice of repetitive recitation or chanting of a mantra. It is a common form of meditation and spiritual practice in various religious and spiritual traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
  7. Kundalini Meditation: Kundalini meditation combines breathwork, chanting, physical postures, and specific movements to awaken and channel the flow of energy within the body. It aims to promote spiritual growth and heightened awareness.
  8. Walking Meditation: As the name suggests, this practice involves walking mindfully, paying attention to the sensations in the body and the surrounding environment. It can be done indoors or outdoors, and often involves slow and deliberate steps.
  9. Body Scan Meditation: This technique involves systematically directing attention through different parts of the body, bringing awareness to physical sensations, tension, and relaxation. It helps promote body awareness, relaxation, and mindfulness.
  10. Cloud Meditation: Cloud Meditation is a visualization technique often used to promote relaxation, calmness, and a sense of lightness. The practice involves creating a mental image of oneself floating on a soft, fluffy cloud, symbolizing a state of peace and tranquility.

 

These are just a few examples, and there are many other forms of meditation available. It’s important to find a practice that resonates with you and supports your personal goals and needs. Experimenting with different techniques and seeking guidance from experienced instructors can help you discover what works best for you. Feel free to reach out for a free consultation if you’re interested in learning more!

 

Warmly, 

 

Mariah

 

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