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Audio Meditation – Audio meditation is meditation that uses an audio device such as CD player or mp3 player to help the person calm thoughts and reach a sustained mental state of peace and tranquility.

Beginners Meditation – Beginners meditation is simple meditative practices on the breath or the body to achieve a calmer state.

Buddhist Meditation – Buddhist meditation takes the basic principles of meditation and includes methods (such as rituals, images, mantras, breathing) that are particular to the practice of Buddhism.

Cha’n Meditation – In Cha’n meditation, enlightenment is transmitted from master to disciple through seated meditation practiced on a regular basis. Ch’an meditation is similar to Zen.

Concentration Meditation –After an initial state of calm is achieved, concentration meditation can then re-focus the mind on a particular subject to gain insight about its fundamental aspects.

Guided Meditation – Guided meditation uses the human voice, either in person or by audio device, to encourage and guide the meditator into deeper states of concentration.

Himalayan Meditation – Himalayan meditation uses the senses, breath and deeper levels of the mind to reach a center of consciousness and understanding.

Loving-Kindness Metta Meditation – Loving-Kindness Metta meditation is a specific meditative exercise that focuses on producing compassionate and kindness towards all.

Mantra Meditation – Mantra meditation is a Buddhist religious practice that uses short invocations of specific deities, said repeatedly, to help focus on specific qualities of mind.

Martial Arts Meditation –Martial arts meditation was often used by warriors of the past to focus their minds and physical skills to vanquish the enemy.

Meditation for Anxiety – Meditation for anxiety is a good way to manage feelings of panic because it slows down the mental processes that cause fear to grow in both the mind and body.

Meditation for Depression – Meditation for depression focuses on letting go of negative thoughts and emotions.

Mindfulness Meditation – Mindfulness meditation is a practice that uses moment-to-moment awareness to increase understanding of the mind’s workings in order to control thoughts and reactions in everyday life.

Morning Meditation – Many people find that a morning meditation can have a beneficial effect on mood, mental acuity and productivity throughout the day.

Online Meditation – You can now find guided audio or text meditations online that can help to increase the intensity of the meditative state.

Qigong Meditation – Qigong uses physical movement to enhance the meditative state. Qigong meditation is often used as a healing exercise.

Sleep Meditation – Sleep meditation attempts to keep the tranquility of a meditation done before sleep throughout the sleep cycle.

Tai Chi Meditation –Tai Chi meditation helps to focus the mind on each movement of slow, rhythmic and balanced exercises that improve health.

Taoist Meditation – Taoist meditation uses a looser, more flexible method that allows the mind to wander at will to a point of understanding.

Tibetan Meditation – Tibetan meditation uses a variety of ornate images, ritual objects, wall hangings and other items to increase the intensity of the meditative experience.

Transcendental (TMS) Meditation – Transcendental meditation is a type of practice that uses a mantra to free the mind of distracting thoughts and relieve the body of tension.

Vedic Meditation – Vedic meditation has Hindu roots rather than Buddhist roots. It uses the same general techniques and principles.

Vipassana (Insight) Meditation – Vipassana meditation focuses on the flow of breath to calm the mind and gain increased awareness.

Walking Meditation – Walking meditation uses the standard meditative principles with the additional component of walking to increase concentration.

Yoga Meditation – Yoga postures are accompanied by breathing exercises and mind-focusing yoga meditation to improve health.

Zazen (Zen) Meditation – Zen relies on sitting, zazen Zen meditation, and an intense meditative experience that leads to sudden realizations of the nature of reality.

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