Types of Meditation
Breath ~ Focus
This is just a short round up of some of the types of meditation out there. The most important aspect of meditation is to quieten the mind and concentrate on breath. In essence, there is no wrong or right way, don't be hard on yourself, acknowledge all of your rampaging thoughts by waving hello and asking them to hop into a beautiful box, put a lid on the box, wrap it in golden paper, cover it in stickers and tell it you love it, then return to focus on breath.
- Transcendental meditation (TM) relies on the use of mantras to achieve a state of "transcendental consciousness," or a settled mind.
- Rigpa meditation - Sogyal Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, he wrote the book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Rigpa is a Tibetan word, which in general means ‘intelligence’ or ‘awareness’. The purpose of Rigpa is to go beyond concepts like object, time and space. When doing so more and more one can experience Unity with everything. In Buddhism Rigpa is the highest meditation type. It is only taught to advanced students that attended many other classes. It seems an easy meditation, because it lacks concepts and techniques. But at the same time that is exactly why it is the most difficult meditation of all. In Tibetan Buddhism, great importance is placed on the way in which the Buddha’s teachings have been transmitted from master to student in an unbroken lineage down to the present day.
- Vipassana is one of India's most ancient meditation techniques. Long lost to humanity, it was rediscovered by Gotama the Buddha more than 2500 years ago. The word Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is the process of self- purification by self-observation. One begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With a sharpened awareness one proceeds to observe the changing nature of body and mind and experiences the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and egolessness. This truth-realization by direct experience is the process of purification. The entire path (Dhamma) is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism. For this reason, it can be freely practiced by everyone, at any time, in any place, without conflict due to race, community or religion, and will prove equally beneficial to one and all.
- Taoist meditation is based on quiet stillness and concentration. Our concentration is focused on breathing techniques, which in turn helps achieve a better sense of concentration.
- Guided visualization is image based. You guide your mind through a series of images to achieve a balanced state. This type of meditation is especially useful in overcoming stress or fears, in particular a fear of flying. It is also one of the easier types of meditation to teach since teachers can guide students through these visualizations. But it is also to practice, once you have your CD you can use your imagination, which is like a movie house, to play the narrative of the CD; such as preparing for a flight, packing your bag, going to the gate, smiling at the staff....ect. I used this type of meditation to successfully overcome a SEVERE fear/manic panic about flying.
- Osho meditation: based around a physical activity, like a nature walk, and ends in silent time.
- Zen meditation is about posture and the technique. It is a seated meditation with a focus on practicing a connection with the true nature of our reality - or our emptiness.