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These Different Meditation Styles May Strike Your Fancy (and Decrease Stress)

Many different ways to meditate exist, it just takes time to find the right style. One way of meditating may feel right for awhile, then it might be fun to try something new. Most meditation styles incorporate similar elements but it helps to know the different styles and how to find the one that feels right for you.

Buddhist Meditation

Buddhist temples have a different variation of meditation practices. Some are Zen Buddhist, Chinese Buddhist, Tibetan Buddhist, or even Thai Buddhist. There are even 12-Step Buddhist groups in addition to Buddhist meditation practice groups. Individual meditation practice is part of Buddhist tradition. Nearly every type of meditative practice is embraced within Buddhist culture. Some types include:

  • Zazen
  • Vipassana
  • Mindfulness
  • Metta meditations

Hindu Meditation

Some popular styles of Hindu meditation have made it into mainstream culture recently. These include Om Meditation, Kriya Yoga, Pranayama Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga. Both have roots in ancient Vedanta, or traditional religious and spiritual techniques for practices. Most Hindu meditation styles can be found in traditional yoga classes. Many yoga classes have been westernized but traditional practice is sitting for periods of time without experiencing pain.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation asks the mediator to observe thoughts that come into the mind, while allowing them to drift on by. There is instruction to simply accept the thought, without becoming attached to it or judging the thought, while recognizing it as a thought. Even if you are having a bad day, you can recognize the judgment and seek a calmer frame of mind.

Another form of meditation that people love is slow, mindful walking or movement meditation. This may be done as a physical practice in yoga, tai chi, or simply focused, intentional movements and sensations of moving. The focus here is on breathwork, learning to breathe through the nose, out through the mouth and slowing yourself down enough to feel some sense of peace.

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