6 Types of Meditation: Which One Is Best For You?

types of meditation karen salmansohnHere are the 6 most popular types of meditation to explore because it’s important to find a meditating practice that meets your needs.

Have you been wanting to meditate… but you’re unsure how. Or you simply don’t enjoy meditation? If so… I’ve got great news!

Firstly, there isn’t a right or wrong way to meditate.

Secondly, there are many kinds of meditation practices …so if you explore a little… you can find a specific type of meditation you love to do. 

I myself use 6 different types of meditation.

I studied to be a yoga and meditation teacher – and these 6 that I share below are my absolute favorites!

So if you’ve been wondering which type of meditation practice is best for you, I’m here to help!

As you might already know, I am a bestselling wellness author with about 2 million books sold globally.

Plus I founded a groundbreaking and therapist recommended online program called The Anxiety Cure.

I love sharing insights and strategies to help people to be happier and calmer.

So I put together this article about choosing a meditation practice that works best for you.

Before we dive in, I wanted to explain to you the many benefits of meditating.

These 6 types of meditations will help you to…

  • let go of negative thoughts & emotions – so you feel more relaxed & confident
  • reach a more heightened state of awareness – which boosts intuition, creativity, and productivity
  • improve concentration & memory
  • reduce impulsive & emotional reactions
  • improve physical & emotional health

My 6 Favorite Types of Meditations

1. Sensory Mindfulness Meditation

meditation is a nemesis to anxietyIn this relaxing meditation, you focus on one of your 5 senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell ) …which then fully places in you in the present moment.

When you’re fully present… you stop dwelling on the past… or fearing the future

You can do this kind of meditation anywhere.

For example, while waiting in line at a store, you can mindfully focus on any specific sights, sounds, smells (etc) around you.

Or make it a game to find 3 of something( aka: 3 yellow things or 3 noises etc)

2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation

I love doing this meditation to help me fall asleep.

I start at my feet…. then progressively relax the muscles in my body…. all the way up to the muscles in my eyes.

You can do this meditation by tensing & then relaxing the muscles in that particular body part.

Or you can imagine a wave of calm slowly drifting over each body part …then imagine that this wave is releasing the tension in that specific area.

3. 4-7-8 Breath Meditation

sit breathe relax stress mindfulness quotesThis 4-7-8 breathing meditation encourages you to be mindful of your breathing….which then helps you to ignore intrusive thoughts.

  • Close your mouth & inhale through your nose… while silently counting to 4.
  • Hold your breath… & silently count to 7.
  • Open your mouth and exhale…making a “whoosh” sound… & silently count to 8.
  • Repeat a few times.

4. Mantra Meditation

I love to use the word “Calm” in my Mantra Meditation – because I’m getting the same vibrational benefits as an “Om Mantra”

Plus I’m also getting the Neuro Linguistic Programming benefits of repeating the positive word “Calm.”

But you can choose whatever mantra you want …then repeat it consistently for at least 2 minutes… to override your negative thoughts.

5. Metta Meditation (for Loving Kindness)

metta meditation kindness mindfulnessIf you’re feeling angry or judgmental, I recommend doing a Metta Meditation… to re-set your mindset to one of love and kindness.

You can do this by breathing in deeply… while simultaneously envisioning breathing in love and compassion.

Then when you breathe out …simultaneously envision releasing anger and judgments.

You can also use your “exhales” to envision sending love and kindness to the world…. including those you presently resent.

6. Guided Meditation

If you want a little extra support in your meditation practice, you might enjoy listening to a taped recording of someone who is guiding you through a relaxing meditation.

Great news! I teach ALL of the above (and MORE) …inside my therapist recommended online program:

Plus I also share a wide range of evidence-based Positive Thinking Techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Tools, Grounding Strategies… and then some!

So if you want to improve your emotional, mental and physical well being

Think happier. Think calmer.

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