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Different Types of Meditation

Have you heard about the many benefits of meditation? The list is quite extensive, from reducing anxiety and enhancing emotional health, to lengthening attention span and combating addictions. The scientific evidence for meditation is vast. Yet, like yoga, there are a multitude of approaches. Some styles of meditation involve focusing the mind on an object (e.g., the sensations of the body or a repeated statement in the mind), while others are more passive. 

Similar to yoga, you might view the styles of meditation on a spectrum ranging from strict and disciplined to relaxed and simplified. Even more, meditation can be performed in a variety of postures, such as sitting, standing, lying, and walking, or even within activities like eating, dancing, or playing an instrument. Clearly, the word meditation has a whole lot of meaning.

I have been studying meditation formally since 2004 and have explored a large variety of styles. From my view, meditation involves tuning in to inner peace. It might sound cliché, but this state of peace is always present, whether we are aware of it or not. Life gets busy and we often find ourselves in a perpetual state of activity, whether physically or mentally. When we meditate, we step away from the activity and in turn we get charged up—just like a battery. 

I could write a novel on this subject as it is most definitely a passion of mine. But for the sake of brevity, I will share with you a short sample of a relaxation-based style of meditation: https://youtu.be/S69QDfi_0Bs. Please reach out to us at counsellor@oldscollege.ca if you are curious to learn more. You can also join in on the Wednesday evening sound meditation that runs online every week at 6:30pm. Just send us an email for the link.