Mindfulness. Zen. Insight. Tibetan. Korean. Pure Land. Chanting. Mantras. Calm-abiding. When you start to realize how many types are out there, you may well wonder what the best form of meditation is. The answer is both simple and complex: of all the many types of meditation, the best meditation is what’s best for you. What do they all have in common? First, a willingness to try and remain centered in the present moment and observe what’s going on in the mind without giving in to distraction. Second, an interest in exploring that experience of being centered.
It can be helpful to narrow it down: ask yourself why you’re interested in practicing meditation. Is it for the mental and physical health benefits? Do you need some dedicated “you” time? Are you interested in developing more calm and focus? Is meditation an avenue of expression for your “spiritual self”? Or are you looking to explore the mechanisms of the mind? Thinking about your motivation might help you understand what the different types of meditation have to offer. There’s no reason not to try some of them on for size before you decide that you’ve found your perfect fit.