The question often arises: which types of meditation methods are best? The answer is different for every person. The question you should actually ask is, “What types of meditation method are best for me?” Although they all have the same end goals of creating mental peace and physical bliss, different practices use different methods to achieve that set of goals. What works for one person may not work for another.
Different Types of Meditation Work for Different People
Read this excerpt from an article by Patricia Monaghan. Based on her book, Meditation: The Complete Guide, she helps you find the best types of meditation to suit you.
…when my co-author Eleanor Viereck and I began to compile a guide to the subject, we found dozens of options for people who want to learn to meditate or to expand upon their repertoire of meditation practices. We also discovered that people have varying reasons to pursue such a practice. Some are drawn by the desire to deal with a medical problem such as hypertension or insomnia, both of which have been shown to respond well to meditation. Others seek a spiritual practice that will draw them away from the hurly-burly of daily life. Yet others seek a way of freeing up their imaginations and becoming more creative. Any or all of these can be reasons to look for a meditation practice.
For every successful meditator today, a dozen people have tried unsuccessfully to develop a meditation practice. Yet by defining what they seek and exploring multiple options, even meditation drop-outs can find the right practice to meet their needs.
Patricia goes on to further list questions to ask yourself when searching for the right types of meditation practice. For example, what is your reason for meditating, do you practice a specific religion, can you meditate daily, or do you have physical limitations?
She explains that the first step is finding an appropriate meditation practice but, most importantly, sticking to it. You won’t know if a practice is working for you until you’ve tried it for a few months.
Choosing well at the beginning of your journey will contribute to a positive experience, but sticking with your practice is what finally leads to the results you seek.
Read Patricia Monaghan’s full article here.
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