The 4 Main Types Of Meditation Styles Explained — Which One Is For You?

Nowadays our schedules are jam-packed with things to do. By the end of the week, when do you have time to stop and reflect?

Most self-reflection occurs when you set aside some time to meditate.

Not only can meditation give you inner peace, but it benefits your emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing. There are different types of meditation, but all of them have one goal in mind — to relax you and calm your mind.

Everyone can meditate, including you.
There is no one that can’t meditate — it simply depends on what type of meditation that you’re doing.
—Tom Cronin

Not All Types Of Meditation Are Created Equal 

In the insightful video above, Tom Cronin, meditation instructor of Mindvalley’s Mindfulness: Accessing the Stillness Within, reveals four types of meditation.

For nearly 26 years, Tom worked as a finance broker and traded bonds for banks. He turned to meditation because of the stress from his work. Recently, he walked away from the financial industry to become a leading global meditation expert, corporate coach, and speaker.

And in this video, he shares how to choose the right kind of meditation for you. Meditation is universal and you shouldn’t limit yourself to just one type of meditation. There is no right or wrong answer.

Choose the type of meditation that you feel can help you get through your current circumstances. 

In the video, you’ll learn about:

  • Concentration: The objective of concentration meditation is to focus your attention directed solely on one subject such as your breath, a candle flame, or a visualization.
  • Contemplation: If you want the answer to a question in your life, this might be the right meditation to choose. For example, should you quit your job for another one? Or if you feel uncertain about a situation, contemplation meditation will help you focus and think deeply about the answers to a solution.
  • Chanting: Usually, when you meditate you are totally quiet, simply focusing on your breath. But with chanting meditation, you say a chant like “Om” or “Ah” during the release of your breath. There are seven different types of chants you can recite to focus on a particular ailment.
  • Transcending: In 1959, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced Transcendental Meditation to the West. It is a meditation practice which involves sitting with your eyes closed and chanting a mantra at 20 minutes and twice per day.

Once you discover the pros and cons of each of these styles, you’ll be able to decide which type of meditation you want to practice to help reclaim the bliss, peace, and time you once enjoyed and relished.

Viewers Ask Tom Cronin To Answer Their Questions On Meditation

Along with describing the four types of meditation, Tom Cronin answers the following questions from the audience:

  • “I’ve been a single mum for two years now. My life is so busy and I’m so fatigued. How will meditation fit into my day?” – Tanya
  • “I’m concerned if I meditate, I will lose my passion and drive in my job.” – David
  • “I’ve meditated on-and-off for quite a few years but I can’t seem to keep regular with it. Do you have some suggestions?” – Krista
  • “Last year, I lost my husband to cancer. I’d been married for 27 years and I feel like my heart is broken. I don’t know what to do. Will meditation help heal my broken heart?” – Ruth

And a wonderful side-effect of choosing the right type of meditation is that it becomes that much easier to maintain a regular practice (no matter how busy you are).

Which type of meditation most suits your needs? Share with the tribe in the comments below.

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