7 Alternative Meditation Techniques to Get Your ‘Om’ On

Imagine mediating and you instantly think of sitting statue-like on a zafu, unlocking the secrets of the universe with every controlled breath. But what if you can’t sit still for 45 minutes straight? Or what if you don’t know if you’d even like meditation?

Fortunately, just like yoga, there are a variety of meditation techniques that yield different benefits and appeal to different people. Whether you like to stay on the go or want to elevate your mind to the highest echelons of clarity, here are seven different meditation techniques you can consider and adopt for your own life.

Vipassana for Uber Enlightenment – The general point of all mediation is mindfulness, but vipassana takes that quest for consciousness to the next level. Literally meaning “insight” in Sanskrit, vipassana is an ancient Buddhist tradition that helps you find enlightenment and experience impermanence once you’ve completely calmed the mind through careful breath awareness.

Desk Dzogchen – Perfect for instant Zen at your desk, Dzogchen is a type of Tantric meditation that allows you to be aware of everything. This practice is considered “object-less” or “nondual” and involves you meditating with your eyes open, avoiding labeling thoughts, feelings, or sensations, without fixating on any one point.

Forgiveness Mediation – If you need to find it within yourself to manage your emotions or forgive someone, try lovingkindness meditation or Metta meditation. Like some Tibetan traditions, this fairly new form of meditation involves repeating a mantra related to freedom from fear and suffering as you fix your intent on other people and yourself.

Body Scan Relaxation – Release tension, especially if you deal with anxiety, insomnia, or chronic pain, with a progressive relaxation scan. The whole point of this meditation is to notice tension in the body and allow it to release, starting with your feet and working your way to the top of your head. This works by systematically tensing and relaxing each region as you visualize a wave drifting over your body to release tension.

Energizing Mediation – Technically a yoga practice, Kundalini meditation is the name for “energy” in Tantric yoga practices and Hindu spiritual practices. As energy rises through the chakras via breath control, from the base of your spine to the crown of your head, you also allow the energy to radiate inward, engulfing your entire body and mind.

Walking Meditation – Walking meditation, or “kinhin”, is often practiced between long periods of zazen. However, if you like to be on the move but still want the benefits of mediation, kinhin can good to try. Walk slowly, back and forth, for 10-15 paces at a time, being mindful of how you step and aware of the environment in which you’re moving. Focus on your breath and existing in your space, practicing regularly for overall improvement in self-awareness.

Zazen Rules – For those who appreciate structure and a precise practice, zazen is a Zen nondual practice, which means you only sit and watch your breath, not focusing on an object. You meditate until the innerworkings of reality are revealed to you. Zazen is specific about maintaining placement of eyes, hands, and posture, and is practiced in a variety of seated positions.

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