Years ago I had a boyfriend that would say things like "I don't need to go see the sunset I've seen it a ton of times". He definitely had a "been there done that" attitude about life can you tell? Today, I'm fairly certain that same guy would comment "I don't do meditation, I tried it and it doesn't work for me". If I had a conversation with him today I would ask - What is the "it" and what is your definition of "work for me"?
Each day provides a new angle on the sun, each day provides a new perspective on life. No two sunsets are exactly alike, no two moments are identical. Most of us have learned that experiences can not be replicated EXACTLY, no matter how hard we may try. When we try to replicate an experience, the result can be for the better or for the worse. It is usually worth the gamble to try for improvement if something did not work out so well the first time.
How many types of meditation are there? I'm not sure an exact number can be given. All over the world people are practicing meditations they have learned from prior generations or current teachers and at the same time others are developing new and innovative ways of meditating. Just like life - the diversity is astounding. Change and growth are ongoing.
What is it that you want from meditation? How do you determine if it "works for you"? Peace, relaxation, relief of anxiety, connection with prior lives, igniting libido, removing false beliefs, connecting with departed loved ones - these are some of the goals people may have in mind when they begin to meditate. No matter our initial intention, most often we can be surprised by the gifts of insight we receive. Usually thoughts will come to us that we may not have previously considered.
I often advise students to remove all preconceived ideas about what meditation is and ask that they refrain from having any expectations. We don't want to set ourselves up for disappointment, that very disappointment may in fact serve as a block for deeper meaning. In fact, for deeper meditations we do a little pre-meditation first to clear our slate as much as possible (I'll talk about this more another time).
In this article, I'd like to outline some of the types of meditation that I offer. I hope that my descriptions will open your mind to new possibilities. I hope that perhaps you will consider trying some of these styles in your life at some point.
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I invite you to watch me describe these meditations if you are curious
Thank you so very much for stopping by this page. Have a beautiful day and please stay open to new perspectives, new views of the sun and new views on life.
Maria Humphreys is a meditation expert, personal trainer, mom and wife.