There are many different meditation types to choose from. There are relatively simple techniques, to others that require years to achieve. Some allow you to sit any way you want, others require you to bend and hold a certain position for a period of time. While each person is different and one technique may work for some and not others, here is a list of ten different types of meditation that can help you get started.
One of the first kinds of meditation is deep breathing exercises. It is simple, easy to do, and is often used before actually starting meditation. While there are some different ways you can do these exercises, one of the basic one is to breathe in through your nose and out of your mouth, filling your lungs and exhaling slowly and with purpose. Some experience a light headed state, and this is normal because the oxygen level in your body is much more than usual.
Simple meditation is perhaps another easy meditation, especially for those just starting out. You simple choose a peaceful setting where ever you happen to be, a grove of trees, a small area in your home, some people even use their vehicle. Here you just sit and spend up to twenty minutes in silent contemplation. As you gain more control, you can extend this period as long as you want.
Some people have trouble just letting go and sit in silence for a period of time. Another effective technique is the Category concentration technique. This can help you focus your attention more on a certain aspect you want to improve on or contemplate. For an example if you wanted to lose weight, then you would think about ways you can do this. What ways you can eat better, or get some exercise that doesn't feel like it. Journey meditation is a type where in order to achieve better state of mind you have to use visualization. Picturing yourself achieving your goals, whether it is to have a family, be wealthy, or in good health. You visualize driving that car you've always wanted for an example.
Vibrational meditation is also very effective. This is where you concentrate on a certain work or sound, allowing the vibrations to pass into and through your body. You have to concentrate on repeating this sound or word again and again to achieve a better level of consciousness.
There is also healing meditation, although it is called many different things including body scan. In this method the idea is to focus your thoughts on certain parts of your body, or an ailment you may have. In many cases people that practice this also do research on what is wrong with them, but you don't always have to. For an example, if you have a broken leg, or a surgery, you would focus your energy and thoughts on the bones mending together, becoming stronger, and leaving no scars.
Movement meditation involves the movement of the body, with gentle movements and easy breathing. Moving to the beat of music, dancing, and even singing are all allowed and even encouraged. It doesn't matter if you know how to do these, just getting into the flow of it helps to release stress and anxiety.
There is also the pond technique, and this can be quite helpful for a number of different problems that are going on in your life. You simply sit in a quiet place, with your eyes closed, picturing a serene pond in front of you. It is full of pebbles, each representing a thought or a feeling that is negative. You take out these pebbles one by one setting them aside. You also want to put back good pebbles, ones that represent good things that are going on in your life.
Yoga is also an effective form of meditation for some people. It involves a certain level of commitment, because it requires you to bend and hold your body in different positions for a period of time. Some people find Yoga very effective and beneficial.
These are just some meditation types to choose from. It is a good idea to go online, there are an abundance of resources available. It is important that you find a technique that works the best for your needs, and keep trying if one doesn't work.