Different Types of Meditation: Which One Is Right for You?

Every meditation technique focuses on different areas of your body. There is no one "correct way" to meditate, so one can experiment with many styles until one finds one that suits them. Explore different techniques to enhance your well-being.

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You probably know the fascinating variety of mediation techniques that heal us in various ways. Every meditation technique focuses on different areas of your body. There is no one "correct way" to meditate, so one can experiment with many styles until one finds one that suits them.  

You can simply say meditation is a variety of methods that support the integration of the mind and body. Certain types require maintaining mental attention on a sensation, while others call for bringing awareness to the present moment while avoiding judgment. 

So, for you to find the right meditation method, the varieties of meditation, their duration of action, and the frequency of meditation are all covered in this article.  

Types of meditations that can work for you:  

Loving-kindness meditation 

Metta meditation is another name for this type of meditation. Its goal is to foster an attitude of love and kindness toward everyone and everything, including one's adversaries and stressors. 

A person opens their mind to receive loving compassion when they inhale deeply. They then communicate words of love and kindness to everyone, to particular individuals, or to their loved ones.  

The key to most variations of this meditation is to repeatedly repeat the message until the practitioner develops a compassionate mindset.  

Progressive muscle relaxation 

Practitioners begin at one end of their body, typically their feet, and work their way through the entire body during a progressive relaxation session. Certain types of progressive relaxation necessitate tensing and then relaxing the muscles. Others advise someone to envision a wave washing over their body as a way to relieve stress.  

Generalized sensations of serenity and relaxation can be aided by progressive relaxing. Your chronic pain can be solved if you use this technique. Some people use this type of meditation to help them fall asleep since it gradually and gently relaxes the body.  

Breath awareness meditation 

One kind of mindful meditation that promotes conscious breathing is called breath awareness. While counting their breaths, practitioners take calm, deep breaths. The intention is to ignore all other thoughts and concentrate solely on breathing. Breath awareness meditation provides many of the same advantages as mindfulness meditation.  

Those benefits include: 

  • Reduced anxiety 

  • Improved concentration 

  • Increased emotional flexibility 

Mantra-based meditation 

In mantra-based meditation, a series of syllables, phrases, or words are repeated, either quietly or vocally. It can be done with or without religious overtones.  


You remove and redirect your negative thoughts by doing this meditation. According to a study, it resulted in modest to significant drops in anxiety and depression. Study bias and a lack of research, however, may make these conclusions less reliable.  

Mindfulness-based stress reduction 

Jon Kabat-Zinn created a course on mindfulness-based stress reduction more than 30 years ago to treat patients with chronic pain and mental health issues who did not respond to traditional therapy. The eight-week training featured yoga, belly breathing, body scans, and present-moment mindfulness meditation. 


Tasks related to MBSR homework include maintaining a gratitude notebook or a log of good events. An earlier 2014 study revealed that individuals who underwent MBSR reported decreased discomfort and significantly improved psychological test scores.  

Guided meditation 

You can try different forms of guided meditation, such as those using the voice of a live person or a recorded version. This is not the same as self-guided meditation, in which the practitioner follows their own inner guidance.  


A person can practice mindfulness or MBSR through guided meditation. It may be beneficial for those new to meditation, to begin with some sort of guide. While records are accessible through apps, podcasts, movies, and audio recordings, live guides are also useful in group situations.   

Final thoughts 

Remember to explore these meditation techniques and find the one that works for you. Then, you can regularly practice your favorite meditation technique and reap the benefits of it.

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