There are so many different types of meditation out there, it can be mindboggling to choose the right one for yourself, particularly if you are trying to use it as a Law of Attraction tool. So in this article I’m going to give a overview of each type of meditation and add links to highly rated books or programs should you wish to delve deeper.
Firstly – What Is Meditation?
Meditation is not some form of magic, belief or religion, it is simply a set of techniques that you use with your mind, body and senses to create a communication between you, your mind and your body.
It’s important to understand that meditation is a time to be with yourself, self-heal and self-love. You can connect with your breath and be present with the life force in your body. It will help you to re-establish your own natural rhythm and reconnect with your higher self. Ultimately it will teach you how to love and accept yourself as a unique and perfect being.
Just as we all need to cleanse our bodies, we also need meditation to cleanse our minds. It will help you to focus your energy, avoid mistakes, stay healthy, and become a more tolerant and kinder person. Furthermore it will help you clear your subconscious, and to stay fully present in the moment. Importantly it will allow you to rejuvenate and relax yourself. This will enable you to handle stress in a healthier way and make healthier connections with those around you. In short it is invaluable.
1. Focused Attention
This form of meditation is straightforward and probably best for beginners, because you simply use your awareness of your breathing to focus attention, to anchor the mind and maintain awareness. If you notice your mind wandering, you simply return your mind to your breathing.
Here is a great book for beginners.
Whether you are focusing on the breath or simply sitting in quiet, this technique involves specifically ‘noting’ what’s distracting your mind. So when you are so caught up in a thought or emotion that you’ve lost your awareness of your breath (or other focus point you might be using), you instead specifically ‘note’ the thought or feeling to restore awareness. It will help create a bit of space, as a way of letting go, and assist you to learn more about your thought patterns, tendencies, and conditioning. This can be particularly helpful if you have self-limiting beliefs or thoughts holding back from your potential and you are trying to remove the blockage and get into a state of ‘allowing’.
Visualisation meditation encourages you to picture something or someone in your mind. You are essentially replacing the breath with a mental image as the object of focus. It can feel challenging at first, especially if you are not a visual person but the rewards (manifesting your desires) can be fabulous if you become proficient at this. I highly recommend this as a fabulous Law of Attraction tool.
Here is a link for a fantasic guided meditation ‘Getting into the vortex’ by Abraham Hicks. I like to use this daily.
4. Loving Kindness
The original name of this practice is metta bhavana, which comes from the Pali language. Metta means non-romantic ‘love’, friendliness, or kindness. Which is why is called ‘loving-kindness’ for short.
In practise, it is focusing on the image of different people. It can be anyone, someone you know, or a stranger. It doesn’t matter if you like them or not. First you direct positive energy and goodwill to yourself, and then to others, which helps you let go of any unhappy or negative feelings you may be experiencing.
This highly rated book will guide you through this practise.
5. Body Scan
Often, your body and mind can be disconnected. This technique brings the two together by your performing a mental scan, from the top of the head to the end of your toes. One way to do this is to imagine there is a photocopier light slowly moving over your body, bringing attention to any sensations, aches or pains that exist.
I wouldn’t personally recommend this for Law of Attraction meditation purely because ideally you wouldn’t want to be focusing on negative aspects of your reality. The very act of doing so, would mean you are attracting more of the same.
Here is a link for a guided Body Scan CD should you wish to explore further.
6. Resting Awareness
Instead of focusing on the breath or a visualization, this technique involves letting the mind truly rest – thoughts may enter, but instead of letting them distract you and pull you away from the present moment, you simply let them drift away.
Reflection meditation is a contemplative practice. You ask yourself a question or select a theme or situation as your focus. Be aware of the feelings, not the thoughts, that arise as you focus. When properly directed, the flow of thought becomes more lucid and can unlock the great potential of your mind.
8. Zen Meditation
This is an ancient Buddhist tradition. It involves sitting upright and following your breath, particularly the way it moves in and out of your belly and letting the mind ‘just be.’ The aim is to be present and alert in the moment. Zen can help tackle deep-rooted issues and life questions that can seem to lack answers. It’s based on practice and intuition rather than study and logic.
Here is a great Zen meditation book for beginners.
9. Transcendental Meditation
With Transcendental meditation (often abbreviated to ‘TM’) the goal is to transcend thought itself and for you to experience a state of total awareness where you are present, but not focusing on a particular object of thought. TM is a type of silent mantra meditation. You use a one or two syllable mantra (normally given by an official instructor) and silently repeat the mantra during a 20-minute session. Sometimes twice a day.
Here is a transcendental book link.
10. Mantra Meditation
Mantra meditation technique is similar to focused attention meditation, although instead of focusing on the breath to quiet the mind, you focus on a mantra (which could be a syllable, word, or phrase). Sometimes you recite the mantra; at other times you listen to it.
This teaches you that every sound, every vibration, has a certain quality to it, and is able to produce different states of mind and consciousness when repeated for a long period of time. The goal being that subtle vibrations associated with the repeated mantra can encourage positive change. This could be a boost in self-confidence or increased compassion for others or any other number of benefits. Overall it can help you enter an even deeper state of meditation.
Here is a great book to get you started.
11. Yoga Meditation
Just as there are many different types of meditation, so too exist many styles of yoga. A particularly well known one is Kundalini yoga. Kundalini meditation is part of Kundalini yoga, and its primary purpose is to awaken the kundalini energy present at the base of the spine. This power lies coiled like a snake in the triangular sacrum at the lower end of the spine. It must be summoned from the lower planes through all the seven chakras of the body and finally unleashed in the topmost Sahasrara chakra above the head.
Evoking this energy will purify you and will bring you into complete awareness of your body. It will help to get rid of any mental, physical and spiritual diseases ailing your body. The coiled energy is said to be primal and very powerful. It will not be an easy task to reach this state but awakening it will lead to profound consciousness and supreme bliss.
12. Chakra Meditation
This meditation technique is aimed at keeping the body’s core chakras open, fluid and aligned. Blocked or imbalanced chakras often result in uncomfortable physical and mental symptoms, but chakra meditation can help to bring all of them back into balance.
13. Qigong Meditation
This is an ancient and powerful Chinese practice that involves harnessing energy in the body by allowing energy pathways (known as ‘meridians’) to be open and fluid. Sending this energy inward during meditation is thought to help the body heal and function. Sending the energy outward can help to heal another person.
Here is a link for a rated Qigong meditation book.
14. Vipassana Meditation
Another ancient tradition, this one invites you to use your concentration to intensely examine certain aspects of your existence with the intention of transformation. Vipassana pushes us to find insight into the true nature of reality, via contemplation of key areas of human existence: suffering, satisfactoriness, impermanence, non-self, and emptiness.
I do not personally recommend this for anyone trying to utilise the Law of Attraction in a positive way, as it encourages you to focus on some negative aspects which could bring your vibration down and therefore attract negative experiences into your life.
15. Sound Bath Meditation
Sound baths use repetitive notes at different frequencies to help move your focus away from your thoughts. Normally these sounds are created with traditional crystal or gemstone bowls, cymbals or gongs. Each instrument creates a different frequency that vibrates in your body and helps guide you to the meditative and restorative state. Although every person will have a different reaction a good sound bath experience should leave you feeling relaxed and recharged.
Here is the link for a great audio CD.
How you choose to practise your meditation is a personal choice. But in terms of Law of Attraction and trying to bring positive changes into your life, I can only advise you to listen to your emotional guidance system. That is, if it feels good and leaves you with positive, healthy emotions then it is going to bring positive experiences into your life. If it does the opposite, then maybe that particular type of meditation is not for you. But meditation (when used correctly) can be a fantastic tool to create your dream reality and be a healthier, happier person. Read my post on meditation and The Law of Attraction here to find out more.
I have added some further links at the bottom of this post for other useful meditation aides.
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