Meditation Has Many Styles, But Only Three Techniques
- Ego will help you with understanding your inner life.
“Whatever you do to meditate is not meditation.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
1. Attention Redirection
- Meditation is most often taught as attention redirection.
- Your attention wanders, and you learn to refocus your attention.
- 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
- Meditation is taught by some as following or hearing something out.
- Your attention wanders, and you learn to follow out whatever and wherever it goes.
- 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
- Trancing is the third kind of meditation.
- Self-hypnosis or zoning out is a form of trancing.
- 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.