Meditation techniques for beginners

Before you begin your meditation journey, please also check out and do the six beginner-meditation-exercises, which will help you establish your own practice in a healthy, balanced manner. You my wonder what is the difference between meditation techniques for beginners and types of meditation? This will become clear here, although the distinction is not always evident immediately. The reason for this is that some types of meditation almost exclusively use one technique. For example spiritual science meditation and psychic meditation tend to use sitting meditations only. Another example is chanting meditations, of which mantra meditations are a safe sub-category. These meditations help you to focus your mind by repeatedly chanting or saying one word or sentence.

Other types of meditation, however, may use a whole range of different techniques. Mindfulness meditation is an example of this. It may use sitting and walking, as well as breathing as techniques. So there you can see what I have in mind with making the distinction between techniques and types. Types of meditation tend to be characterised by their overall purpose or the tradition from which they are derived. Techniques then are the various methods employed in those types of meditation. Different types of meditation may use distinctive techniques or may combine them in unique ways.

As always, the distinctions I make here may not be 'true'. I said elsewhere that all meditations are, to some extent, healing meditations. Similarly, you could maybe also say that all meditations use observation. So why make the distinction? I think it is very important to be aware of both types and techniques because it will help you put different meditation practices in context. It will also help you to stay safe. 

Some techniques are not so much about increasing awareness as about inducing altered states of consciousness directly. And unfortunately these techniques are not necessarily safe and are certainly not approporiate meditation techniques for beginners. The last thing you or I would want is to forcefully induce an altered state of consciousness and then be unable to come out of it again or lose consciousness altogether. But any type of meditation could potentially use a mix of techniques, some quite basic, but others more advanced. You might be very interested in trying a healing meditation using simple visualisation as a technique. But an advanced practitioner could very well employ less safe (for the beginner) techniques for the purpose of healing. By being aware of both types and techniques you may be better able to know for yourself where your own limits are.

So on this site you will only find the best meditation techniques for beginners, the easy or basic ones. Of course there are other techniques (for example, praying, rocking, swinging), but I think you get the picture. It is all about observation. Be creative in combining different techniques and types, but keep it simple. Remember what this is about: developing your awareness. If you use meditation techniques with common sense than you should be totally safe and you will hopefully enjoy meditation for the rest of your life!

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