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Different Types of Meditation and Which is Best for You

How to re-center and relax with the different forms of meditation!

Our lives move at a quick pace these days and there are very few moments we actually have for ourselves. Taking time to meditate is important because we use it to re-center, re-focus, and relax. Slowing down is imperative for your mind and it is essential that we take the time out each day to simply sit down and breathe. Meditation does this and more for you. So how do you use it?

What happens when we meditate? Research has shown that meditation can help combat stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also increase optimism, vitality, and creativity! So, here are some ways to meditate that might be ideal for you!

Zen Meditation

Zen means “seated meditation.” It originates in Buddhism and it is said you acquire insight through breath and the mind. Insight can also be acquired via interaction with a teacher. Chanting can be involved and you attain enlightenment in the Buddhist teachings, the Sutras.

Who practices Zen meditation? The Dalai Lama and Richard Gere!

dalai lama richard gere meditation image 1

Kundalini Yoga

Yoga is also a form of meditating. This type of yoga uses breathing, mantra, focus, and mudra (hand positions) to guide the body. Yogi Bhajan was the founder of Kundalini Yoga and he tailored meditations to help reduce stress, addictions and increase overall health and vitality.

Who practices Kundalini Yoga? Musician Sting and Jennifer Aniston!

sting doing yoga

Primordial Sound Meditation (PSM)

This is a silent meditation that uses a mantra. The mantra is a vibrational sound the universe was creating at the time and place you were born. This is calculated by Vedic mathematic formulas and is unique only to you. By repeating your mantra, you will enter into a deeper level of awareness. This is done by taking focus away from the intellectual side of the brain and toward comfort.

Who practices PSM? Deepak Chopra and Lady Gaga!

Deepak Chopra meditation

Transcendental Meditation (TM)

This tradition was founded by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. You might remember hearing about TM when The Beatles were famous followers. This practice uses Sanskrit words and a mantra to help you focus during your meditation.

Who practices TM? Katy Perry and Russell Brand!

russell brand meditating

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Jon Kabat-Zinn created this practice in 1979. MBSR is often taught by nurses, doctors, and social workers in order to create a partnership between a medical team and their patient. It uses breath awareness and focusing attention on the body beginning at the toes and working your way up.

Who practices MBSR? Jon Kabat-Zinn!

Jon Kabat-Zinn meditation expert

 

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