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Three Kinds of Meditation

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Meditation Has Many Styles, But Only Three Techniques

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1. Attention Redirection

  1. Meditation is most often taught as attention redirection.
  2. Your attention wanders and you learn to refocus your attention.
  3. You keep redirecting your attention to your breath, counting, environment, mantra, physical activity, walking, yoga posture, etc.
  • This practice develops attention control.
  • When refocusing on your physical activity, this practice is often called mindfulness.

2. Attention Following

  1. Meditation is taught by some as following or hearing something out.
  2. Your attention wanders and you learn to follow out whatever and wherever it goes.
  3. You keep following out, hearing out, and listening out whatever it is that you find yourself paying attention to.
  • This practice develops awareness, focus, and singleness of mind.
  • One recommended author for this style of mediation is J. Krishnamurti.

3. Attention Diffusion

  1. Trancing is the third kind of meditation.
  2. Self-hypnosis or zoning out is a form of trancing.
  3. Mindless repetition is often used as a method to induce trance states.
  • Many forms of meditation practice are used for trace induction.
  • Trance states are often mistaken for quietude or serenity.

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