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7 Types of Meditation To Try for Self Care in 2022

Alleviate Stress With Meditation

By Lizzie HowardPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
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In a hectic world full of stressors and obligations, you may feel like you hardly get a moment to yourself. However, if you don't take time to care for your own needs, you're likely to burn out. Self-care of some sort can provide enormous benefits to your emotional health and sense of well-being. More and more people are discovering that the ancient technique of meditation can be an extremely effective way to lower stress, sleep better and improve relationships.

1. Loving-Kindness Meditation

As the name implies, loving-kindness meditation aims to help practitioners embrace feelings of love and kindness toward everything in their lives. Even the things that irritate or upset you can be seen in a positive light according to the philosophy of this meditation method. During sessions, you will focus on breathing in love and kindness and sending out loving, kind vibes to the world. You can also direct your messages toward particular recipients. It increases compassion, lessens anger, and even reduces depression or anxiety.

2. Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a form you have likely heard of. Its goal is to encourage you to be present and aware in each moment. To perform this meditation, you simply must take note of what is occurring in the present time without judgment. Release feelings of annoyance, guilt, worry, or fear. You can make a note of those thoughts and then let them go. Mindfulness meditation can help you to improve your overall mood, decrease reactiveness and strengthen your relationships.

3. Progressive Relaxation

Also known as body scan meditation, progressive relaxation teaches you to take notice of tension in each region of your body and then release it. During your meditation session, you will start at one end of the body and work your way to the other end, taking time to notice each part as you go. This can occur through visualization of waves sweeping away the tension or through actually tensing and relaxing each muscle region. The point is to relax the body, leading to overall feelings of relaxation and calm.

4. Vedic Meditation

Vedic Meditation is an ancient practice from India. It began with the Vedas, which are sacred texts that were the source of yoga and Ayurvedic practices. Vedic Meditation, or VM, doesn't rely on visualization or thinking particular thoughts. Instead, its simple approach relies on a personal mantra that is repeated throughout the meditation session. The mantra is not translatable. It provides a focal point for your attention, allowing you to settle your mind. The result is greater calmness and less reactivity. It's quite accessible, though you will achieve superior results by working with a Vedic Meditation teacher to learn the technique.

5. Zen Meditation

Another type you may be somewhat familiar with is Zen meditation. Also known as Zazen, it is most associated with the Buddhist religion. It's often recommended to study Zen meditation under the guidance of a teacher in order to learn postures and protocols. When engaging in this form of meditation, you want to focus on your breathing while observing your own thoughts without judgment. It can take some practice but makes a wonderful addition to any spiritual path.

6. Chakra Meditation

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that translates as "wheel." Your chakras are the energy centers of your body, and there are seven of them. Each corresponds to a different body part and is assigned its own representative color. During practice, you simply visualize each colored chakra, focusing on its energy, then moving to the next. The point of chakra meditation is to bring balance and overall wellness to your chakras.

7. Guided Meditation

Finally, there is guided meditation. It's also sometimes called visualization or guided imagery. It involves listening to the guiding voice of a teacher or narrator to visualize a relaxing scenario. You want to incorporate all of your senses into this experience in order to produce peak calmness. This can be a good choice for those who are easily distracted during meditation, as there is a voice to help keep you on track.

These are just some of the many forms of meditation. Give a few of them a try to see if meditation might be a good addition to your self-care routine this year.


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