How to Find the Perfect Meditation for You

When most people think of meditation, they think of someone sitting in lotus position chanting “Om.” While that certainly is one way to meditate, it’s not the only or best way.  If classic meditation doesn’t appeal to you, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way that you enjoy that will give you the same benefits. In fact, the benefits are greater is you find a technique that you enjoy.

One way to choose meditations for yourself is to look at your learning style. If you don’t know your learning style, you can read about the different ones and  take a test to discover your strongest styles. Here are a few meditation ideas that might appeal to different learning styles.

Auditory/Aural: Guided meditations, chanting, or focusing on music might be good meditations for auditory learners. You can find lots of guided meditations on YouTube.

This is a nice lovely guided mediation for Joy Holland of Facets of Joy.

Binaural beats can also be fun and found on YouTube.  I like to just listen to the Deva Premal or Sri Swamiji’s music and try to focus so intently on the sound of the music that all thought stops. This song by Deva Premal immediately puts me in a peaceful place.

Visual: Visual Learners might enjoy focusing on a mandala or gazing at pictures of Jesus, saints, gurus or whatever picture makes them feel spiritually connected. Another visual meditation technique is to focus on the flame of a burning candle. If you don’t have a real candle handy, you can use this YouTube vide or other similar videos.

KinestheticKinesthetic people can make walking their dog or doing dishes into a meditation.  The trick is just to focus solely on the activity you are doing and do it slowly and deliberately so it becomes a moving meditation. You can, also, do slow motion Yoga, Kriya yoga or Tia Chi.  Even just walking slowly with a heel to toe step and focusing on each step can be a meditation.

Verbal: Writing or orally repeating Mantras or affirmations might be appealing to this type of person. Some Hindus and Buddhists write out Mantra’s over and over in sets of 108 and even sometimes work together to collect large numbers of these written mantra’s as a form of meditation and service to God. You might want to get a notebook just for writing meditations.

Logical: If you have a very logical mind, you may want to consider trying types of meditation that have scientific research backing them or a prescribed step by step program. Transcendental Meditation or Holosync might appeal to you.  There are many other options that are just a google search away.

Meditation is often thought of as a solitary activity, but if you find you enjoy learning and expressing yourself in a social setting, you can find group mediations, yoga classes, your local area. There is no one perfect meditation that suits everyone, but there are so many options, you are sure to find one or more that you can enjoy. Meditation is one of the processes that has most benefited my spiritual growth and I encourage everyone to consider making it part of their daily lives in a way that suits them best.

I’d love to hear what kinds of meditation you practice and any tips you might have for all of us. To prove it, I’m giving away a Facebook “manifesting plan” to one of my commenters during the month of August. I’ll put everyone’s name in and choose a winner to be announced here around Sept 1st. Then I’ll email the winner with the details if I have access to their e-mail or you can check back here around the first and message me on my Facebook page. Once you tell me what you want to create, I’ll create a personal manifesting plan for you and we’ll make sure it feels good to you.

Transforming through Love and Joy,

Michelle Martin Dobbins

  • Joy says:

    Thank you, Michelle…the title drew me in, and it was such a surprise to find my meditation here!

    Even as I practiced presence, I resisted meditation for many years. I thought I had to be ‘perfect’ to be with my thoughts…and I didn’t know how to observe my thoughts instead of judge them I began with a few moments a day – fast forward several years to now and I honor the intention to make my life a living meditation. Yes, I formally sit each day, but I also simply center into presence of whatever movement I am doing, or connection, or creation…and I take a moment to feel into the divine connection in everything. We physically ingest a variety of foods to nourish our bodies, and I also love the feel of meditating in a variety of ways to nourish my soul. When we think “outside of the box” then experiences such as viewing the sunset and making love can be meditations, when we allow ourselves to be very present in that moment!

    • Joy, I love, love, love the idea of making your life a living meditation. I think we can get as much from being mindful and present during the activities of our lives as we can from formal meditation and doing both is super powerful. 🙂

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