The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions. Hands in meditation posture
If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.Usually we find it difficult to control our mind. It seems as if our mind is like a balloon in the wind – blown here and there by external circumstances. If things go well, our mind is happy, but if they go badly, it immediately becomes unhappy. For example, if we get what we want, such as a new possession or a new partner, we become excited and cling to them tightly.However, since we cannot have everything we want, and since we will inevitably be separated from the friends and possessions we currently enjoy, this mental stickiness, or attachment, serves only to cause us pain. On the other hand, if we do not get what we want, or if we lose something that we like, we become despondent or irritated.For example, if we are forced to work with a colleague whom we dislike, we will probably become irritated and feel aggrieved, with the result that we will be unable to work with him or her efficiently and our time at work will become stressful and unrewarding.Such fluctuations of mood arise because we are too closely involved in the external situation. We are like a child making a sand castle who is excited when it is first made, but who becomes upset when it is destroyed by the incoming tide.By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency.If we train in meditation systematically, eventually we will be able to eradicate from our mind the delusions that are the causes of all our problems and suffering. In this way, we will come to experience a permanent inner peace, known as “liberation” or “nirvana”. Then, day and night in life after life, we will experience only peace and happiness.

Alright, so we all know we should meditate. Regular doctors now recommend meditation to their patients. But how do you do it? And does it matter what kind of meditation you do?

There are some basic, fundamental differences among the kinds of meditation that most people practice, and these differences ought to be considered while you’re deciding what is right for you. Now, I’m hardly an impartial observer. I’m deeply dedicated to heart-based meditation, and of course that influences what I say about other traditions. Please keep in mind that meditation is like food for the spirit: any kind of food is better than nothing. But certain kinds of foods are better than others, and though everyone must to some extent find out what is right for their own body, there are some constant features of food that will have much the same effect on everyone.

So here are eight popular kinds of meditation:

Mindfulness

Also called ‘Vipassana’, comes from the Buddhist tradition. I’d say mindfulness is the most popular form of meditation in the western world. It’s all about ‘being present’, letting your mind run, and accepting whatever thoughts come up, while learning detachment from each thought.

Mindfulness is taught along with an awareness on the breath, though the breathing is often considered to be just one sensation among many others, not a particular focus. There is no attempt to change the breathing pattern, which limits this practice and makes it observational rather than active.

Changing your breathing changes the energy; just watching what your breathing is doing (particularly if your breathing is shallow, as it generally is) means you are stuck in a low-energy state.

Zazen

Zazen is the generic term for seated meditation in the Buddhist tradition, but in the modern Zen tradition, it is often referred to as ‘just sitting’. It is a minimal kind of meditation, done for long periods of time, with little instruction beyond the basics of posture (sit with your back straight). There is no particular attention to the breath, nor an attempt to change the breath.

Zazen is the ‘anti-method’ approach to meditation, but it is often done in conjunction with a concentration on a certain aspect of Buddhist scripture, or a paradoxical sentence, story or question, called a koan.

Zazen is very difficult to learn, and it is very difficult to make progress with this method, because of the lack of guidance on how to do the practice. Also, it was developed for a monastic setting, making it difficult to adapt to an active life in the world.

Transcendental Meditation

This is a simplified practice that emerges from Vedanta, the meditative tradition within Hinduism. In TM, you sit with your back straight (ideally in the Lotus or half-Lotus posture), and use a mantra, a sacred word that is repeated.

Your focus is on rising above all that is impermanent. TM is a more involved method than either mindfulness or Zazen. At the more advanced levels, TM focuses on the breath and changes the breath to change one’s state of being. TM often leads to leaving the body (indeed, that is the aim of the practice). That is problematic because the energy of the body (and the mind) can be disrupted.

Also, the practice is not focused on your life and your purpose, and indeed the philosophy that goes with it is harmful to the heart, considering desires to be ‘egoic’ and materialistic.

Kundalini

Kundalini yoga is another practice that comes from Vedanta. Kundalini is the name for the rising stream of energy that exists in a human being (there is also a downward stream, not emphasized in Kundalini). The aim of Kundalini meditation is to become aware of that rising stream, and to ride the stream to infinity.

The practitioner concentrates on their breath flowing through each of the energy centres of the body, always moving upward, toward the energy centre just above the top of the head. Kundalini makes active use of the breath, using breath to move energy upward. Like TM, Kundalini is not heart-based in either its method or philosophy, and it can have unpleasant side-effects, which happen often enough to have been given a name: Kundalini Syndrome.

Qi Gong

This is a form of Taoist meditation that uses the breath to circulate energy through the organs and energy centres of the body in a oval pattern called the ‘microcosmic orbit’. Attention is focused on the breath and the circulation of energy (called ‘qi’ or ‘chi’).

Attention is also focused on the three major centres used in Taoist meditation: a point about two inches below the navel, the centre of the chest, and the centre of the forehead.

Qi gong uses the breath to direct energy, and circulate energy in the body and spirit, but it is not heart-based. There is little sense of how the heart changes and develops, and no connection between the circulation of energy and emotional states, and no core set of teachings on how to work with emotion.

Guided Visualization

This is a specific kind of meditation type when you want to reach your spirit guides. People want to talk with their guides for many reasons. You can make the connection with your guides when you want to find out some answer or just want to see who your spirit guides are and what they have to tell you.

If you want to try this meditation type you should purchase guided meditation CDs or find free guided meditation recordings online. They usually include relaxing music or nature sounds and the voice of another person telling you what you should see in your mind whilst you are meditating.

The guiding voice usually tells you that you should imagine some pleasant place, like a forest or beautiful jungle with waterfalls or something similar. And when you settle down in this pleasant place you should ask your guides to show themselves to you.

I tried this meditation type and I have actually seen two of my spirit guides, but only after the meditation. I tried this meditation once but I think I have tried too hard to see my guides, because after the meditation I did not feel well (I did some channelled writing too, which felt really good but took a lot of energy out of me).

However, this happened because after meditation I tried again to connect with my spirit guides. This was too much for me and that night I could not sleep because I felt very bad pressure in my temples and I kept seeing visions of places I have never been to.

To avoid the mistake I made you should meditate only for the time period indicated in the CD/piece of guided meditation that you listen to. If you get bad pressure in your temples or general heaviness of your head, you should do some grounding activities like going for a walk, eating junk food (I know it is bad, but it really grounds you) or watching TV. You can do anything that is very earthy and will reconnect you with earth and distance you from other dimensions.

Trance-Based Practices

This is my category for a whole set of reflective practices that generate a trance state. The hallmarks of a trance are: awareness of the self and the environment is limited, conscious control of the experience is absent, rational thinking is absent, and memory of the experience is very limited.

Often these kinds of practices involve drugs, music, shallow, rapid breathing (which produces an intoxicating effect), or a form of hypnotic suggestion. Because self-control is so limited, and because of the passivity involved in having a state induced by someone else, a trance state is both potentially dangerous and not helpful for spiritual development.

I could’ve easily not included this as meditation, because it isn’t really meditation, but I included it because these kinds of practices are commonly thought to be meditation.

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Heart Rhythm Meditation 

Heart-based meditation focuses your attention on your heart and emotions. Focusing on the breath and heartbeat, making the breath full, deep, rich, rhythmic, and balanced. Attention is focused on the heart as the centre of the energetic system.

One tries to identify oneself with the heart. By focusing on the breath, you make your breath powerful. And then learning to direct the breath, to feel the circulation of breath as your pulse in different parts of your body, then on your magnetic field, you learn to direct and circulate energy. You are in control of yourself at all times, and you become both more powerful and more sensitive. Further, your power and sensitivity are always in service of your heart, so you become compassionate.

So as this list shows, there are some basic differences between meditative methods. I could get into these differences at length, but this is intended just to establish that there are differences and briefly sketch them.

It’s important not to denigrate any traditions or practices; each meditative tradition has been developed through the dedication of many thousands of hours, lifetimes of accumulated experience. I have deep respect for all these traditions. This post merely seeks to illuminate some of the differences so that you can have a better understanding of the kinds of meditation that exist in relation to heart-based forms of meditation like HRM.

Because HRM directs your full, deep, rhythmic breath toward your heart, it has all kinds of positive health effects. HRM is also an incredibly powerful and rapid way of healing the wounds of your heart. HRM is also a powerful way of accessing the state of unity, which is the goal of every kind of meditation. When you meditate on your heartbeat,  you access the state of unity in a very unique way: you feel that your heartbeat is the universal heartbeat, the heartbeat of the all life, the heartbeat of God.

Mantra Meditation –

This meditation is suitable for people who want regular meditation and do not want to experience deep connection with the universe.

Mantra meditation is not as deep as breath meditation, but it can still make you feel really relaxed and peaceful.

To practice this meditation you should repeat some word or sentence – mantra – in your mind throughout the whole meditation.

Whenever you feel that you are getting involved in some thoughts, you should let them go and come back to your mantra. You should never force yourself to come back to mantra, but do it easily, by firstly letting go of the thoughts.

You should not literally repeat some phrase, but you should hear it in your mind. Usually the phrase people use is ‘I AM’ because of the sound it has. This sound lets you really relax and go deeper into meditation.

This meditation type is very calm, but sometimes you may get some visions or sounds that you have never seen or heard before. Do not get scared, it is normal. You are just expanding your sensory perception.

Also, you may get involuntary body movements. This is normal too because through these movements your nervous system is cleansed by the universal energy that you get during meditation.

You may also feel the heaviness of your head, this is because you are letting the universal energy easily flow through you. This happens in all meditation types, not only this one. I personally really like this sense of heaviness, because I know that very positive energy is flowing through me and cleansing any impurities I may have in my nervous system.

Breath Meditation –

This is deeper than mantra meditation type because it lets you relax much quicker and you may find yourself in the fourth dimension at some times during this meditation.

Because breathing is so usual, and in this meditation you focus on breathing, you can relax much more because you cannot get too much involved in breathing.

You should not control your breathing, just observe it. You should let it naturally flow through you, and you should be an awareness behind the breathing.

You can actually feel when you are getting deeper into this meditation type. You are going through the stages of meditation.

You can notice that firstly you have thoughts, but you keep refocusing on your breathing; then you become still; absolute stillness overtakes you and you can feel energy circling though you and warming your body; you can even get the feeling of your body numbing, or melting, when you do not feel any particular part of your body because you can only feel your energy.

This stillness is the last stage of your everyday sense of being. After that you get into the fourth dimension where you can hear different kinds of sounds and visions. This is a very pleasant dimension, but only for those that are positive most of the time.

This dimension is very similar to the one you enter when you are dreaming. You may see some scenes playing out of people you know or you do not know, sometimes you may be involved in a scene or you may be a passive observer of the scene.

You may find it hard to remember this dimension when you finish meditating. You will know that you have experienced something different, but most of it you will not remember.

I have never experienced anything scary in this dimension, but I know that some fearful/angry/depressed people can really suffer when they get to this stage. So be aware of that and only go this deep when you feel very positive.

Reiki Meditation –

Reiki healing is usually received from another person that is more connected to the universal energy, but you can also do it to yourself without the help of anyone else.

The main idea behind Reiki healing is that you receive source energy that heals whatever imbalances you have in your body or mind.

Reiki meditation has many different techniques, but basically it involves letting the white (healing, universal) light come into you through your hands or the crown (the top of your head) and let it flow through you.

When you start meditating, breath deeply to relax your muscles and mind. When you feel relaxed, imagine white light coming into your head and imagine it going down your whole body, till it goes through your toes. Make the light go slow, stopping and cleansing the places that you feel need healing.

It is important to see the light going through you and out of you, because if you keep the light inside you, this can make you receptive to the energies of others. This is a good thing if you are surrounded by very positive people, but if any of the people are negative, it can drain the energy out of you.

Chakra Meditation –

This meditation type concentrates on seven energy centres in your body. Chakra meditation is very short, it can be as short as one minute. Its main purpose is to cleanse chakras so that the universal energy could flow freely through you.

Starting from the root chakra and all the way up to the crown chakra, you should visualise each chakra as a transparent ball with appropriate colour to see which colour belongs to which chakra), make it spin clockwise and cleanse it by breathing deeply.

You should do the whole process in your mind, and although it may seem that you are imagining the whole process, you are actually cleaning the chakras this way. These energy centres are very responsive and whenever you concentrate on each energy centre, it will react in some way.

So if you cleanse each chakra by making it spin faster, making it brighter and removing any dark spots (by imagining that you are breathing white light inside each ball) you will make these energy centres more allowing to let the universal energy go through.

This meditation type will help you become more energetic, will get you into the flow of life and raise your mood.

Crystal Meditation

Meditating with crystal is one of the easiest ways to attune to it’s energy.

Meditating with crystals can bring a new dimension to the practice of meditation. It is a simple way to balance a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states with the help of the crystals energy.

Before beginning a crystal meditation make sure your have cleansed your crystal.

To begin choose your crystal. Choosing a crystal with fault lines or patterns within it may help you to ‘lose yourself’ within the crystal while meditating.

Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Hold your chosen crystal or place it in front of you where you can see it clearly. Breath gently. Make each breath out a little longer than the breath in. Look at your crystal, notice it’s colour, pattern, shape.

Hold your crystal in both hands, close your eyes and relax. Imagine you are inside your crystal; let yourself move with the flow of the crystal. Let go of worldly thoughts and emotions and move deep into the centre of your crystal, imagine you are wandering through it exploring its inner beauty.

When you are ready, slowly allow yourself to come back to physical reality. Put your crystal aside and ground yourself by imagining roots coming from your feet and going down into the ground. Twiddle your toes, shake your hands and just sit for a moment reflecting on what you saw and how you felt. You may just want to lie and put your crystal on it’s associated chakra.

Psychic Meditation

This is a very different meditation type because it requires to concentrate on your thoughts instead of letting them go. So you should follow the strings of thoughts wherever they lead you.

This way you can discover blocks of intelligence from other dimensions. This way people become channels to the deceased or other non-physical entities.

You should sit comfortably in any place you like and relax by breathing deeply for a couple of minutes. Whenever you get some thought, notice it and get involved with it, but do not force it to develop.

You should let the thought take you wherever it wants to take you, and you should not control the flow of it in any way. This way you will become connected to other dimensions.

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