How to Meditate

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Types of Meditation

Once you’ve committed to the idea of exploring meditation, note that there are four basic types.

1. Guided Meditation: “First, there’s guided where you’re usually led by someone to visualize imagery, light, sight, sounds, or even scent,” says Serena Poon, wellness coach and founder of Just Add Water.

2. Mantra Meditation: Then there is mantra. “Mantras are calming words or sounds that not only help with meditation, but they also have layers of meaning for you to examine as you meditate,” explains Poon. “Some people find that simply repeating mantras can help ignore distracting thoughts.”

3. Mindful Meditation: Poon also singles out mindful meditation: “When we practice mindfulness, we practice living in the moment. Unlike other types of meditation where we try to block out external distractions, mindful meditation encourages us to be more aware of our surrounding, our senses, and our actions.

4. Journaling Mediation: Finally, there’s journaling. “I recommend mindful journaling to all of my clients,” says Poon. “There are so many different ways, but for beginners who are short on time, start by mentally listing things you’re grateful for or things that you love about yourself.”

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