The 7 Types of Meditation and Why They Should Be a Daily Practice For Everyone

The 7 Types of Meditation and Why They Should Be a Daily Practice For Everyone


When it comes to the different types of meditation, there are many to choose from to spread positivity. Here are seven of them that you can practice.

I’m so thrilled to see world-famous people now using Mindvalley’s free 6 Phase Meditation program.

This article (pic below) has been all over Billboard Magazine, Ebony Magazine, and LA Weekly. It’s about how Miguel, one of the hottest R&B stars today (you’ve probably heard the song Adorn), uses 6 Phase Meditation to start his show.

I’ve been speaking a lot on meditation and accessing altered states lately, and with the huge press we’re getting with this article, I wanted to go deeper into the topic of meditation.

We often think it’s about ‘clearing your mind.’ But this is one tiny slice of the spectrum. In reality, there are seven types of meditation that I’m currently researching.

‘Meditation’ is such a loaded word right now that I actually prefer to call these ‘Transcendent Practices.’ Because that’s exactly what these practices do — to transcend means to ‘go within.’

7 Types of Meditation to Add to Your Daily Practice

Here’s a useful map of the seven types of meditation/transcendent practices one can practice, including the practice that Miguel and his team use to spread positivity to billions.

#1: Creative visualization

Creative visualization is commonly used to visualize goals and is scientifically validated for performance improvements in sports.

When entering this type of meditation, you are basically turning on an incubator for your dreams. But creative visualization isn’t just intensely visualizing your dreams; it’s using all of your senses to see, smell, taste, hear, and feel as if they have already been manifested.  

#2: Directed healing

Directed healing can be paired with energy work. Doctors sometimes call this ‘imagery therapy,’ and it is used to alter the thoughts, behaviors, sensations, and beliefs of patients.

It is an ancient technique that helps induce a deep state of relaxation where healing can take place. In this state, you can connect with yourself more deeply and contemplate solutions to specific physical or emotional issues you are experiencing.

#3: Intuitive meditation

This type of meditation is used for tapping into intuition/inspiration.

Intuitive meditation is often about entering theta brainwave levels and drifting into a semi-sleep state to access intuitive thoughts.

The hypnotic, psychedelic, and dream mind-states are common theta brainwave states. In these states, the subconscious information we store (but cannot consciously recall) can be accessed.

Theta states are crucial for tapping into intuition.

#4: Shadow work

Shadow work meditation is used for healing past issues, forgiving, and solving inner conflicts.

Every human casts a shadow when standing in the light. However, we cannot always see our shadows. This metaphor holds true for shadow meditation — a process that recognizes, accepts, and integrates the darker parts of our thoughts and behaviors.

By using this meditation, we can heal ourselves, become more self-aware, and express ourselves more genuinely.

#5: Connection meditation

This meditation establishes and nurtures a deeper connection between two or more people by tapping into higher levels of compassion. This is what Miguel does with his team and for the millions who love his work as compassion is part of the 6 Phase Meditation technique I teach.

Connection begins within yourself. As you get centered, you can begin to expand that sense of compassion onto others. This type of meditation dissolves the illusion of separation — the separation created by the labels of society — and brings forth unity.

Miguel on stage (source:

#6: Re-programming

This is a type of inner work used for reprogramming past beliefs or breaking behaviors that no longer serve us.

Hypnotherapy is a type of reprogramming that brings one to an alpha level of the mind. While being in this state, they recall and re-wire their memories, often from a very early age, that shaped their mental patterns.

#7: Passive meditation

Passive meditation can be used in situations where active forms of meditation are not ideal. They are simple techniques that lower your brainwaves and deeply relax you.

Awareness of breath is the most common form of passive meditation. The simple act of observing your breath reduces stress, clears the mind, and calms the body. You can try it out the next time you’re stuck in traffic or in a long line at the post office.

Now, you can search “Why meditation is important?” on Google and you’ll find millions of articles, videos, quotes, and photos on why meditation should be included in your daily life.

But at its core, meditation is a set of practices that bring out virtually any positive outcomes you need for your mind, body, soul, and spirit.

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