What are the different types of meditation?

What are the different types of meditation? And can one of these make you a Rock Star?

I think the first I heard of meditation (Transcendental Meditation) was thru The Beatles. They had met with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1967, while he was on tour in England. In February 1968, the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh in northern India to take part in a Transcendental Meditation training course at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Being only 9 years old, I different types of meditation and the Beatlesdeveloped some misconceptions about meditation.

The information age had not arrived and our small town library just did not have complete answers to my questions. The books I found were full of …something, I could not even begin to understand what the authors were saying and to be honest, all the ideas were in a language I could not understand. The English translations just made it worse. My interest in meditation quickly faded. After all, who want to sit cross legged and chant Ohm? Way too many other things to do.

I began spending summers at my Grandpa and Granny’s house. It was the focal point in their big family and I naturally worshiped my Grandpa. Over the summers I spent there, I would pick up habits and mannerisms that I never understood until many years later. One of these was a type of meditation, one I don’t think Grandpa even gave much thought to.

What are the different types of meditation? Let’s take a quick, simple look at 5 types and at some music.

Primordial Sound Meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation (PSM) is a silent practice that uses a mantra; a Sanskrit term that translates as “vehicle of the mind.” The mantra you receive is the vibrational sound the universe was creating at the time and place of your birth. It’s calculated following Vedic mathematic formulas and is very personal and specific to you.

Repeating your personal mantra silently helps you to enter deeper levels of awareness by taking you away from the intellectual side of the brain. The focus is on comfort, and PSM is generally practiced sitting down.



SPLENDOR OF MEDITATION – Om the Primordial Sound: Healing Through Sound Vibration


Tibetan Buddhist Monks – OM Mantra Chant


Mindfulness Meditation

Started by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 and now offered in over 200 medical centers, hospitals, and clinics around the world, Mindfulness classes are often taught by physicians, social workers, and other health professionals, to create a partnership in care between the patient and the medical team.

Mindfulness uses both breath awareness and body scan. Breath awareness is simple — focus your attention on inhalation and exhalation. Body scan is focusing attention on the physical body starting at the toes and working your way up with the potential for release or relaxation of tension. You may be seated, laying down, or walking.



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Zen Meditation

Zen is also referred to as Zazen, which means “seated meditation.” You acquire insight through observing the breath and the mind, and through interaction with a teacher.

Zen emphasizes achieving enlightenment and the personal expression of insight in Buddhist teachings. These Sutras (scriptures or teachings) and doctrine are taught through a teacher. Sometimes chanting is involved.



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3 Hour Zen Meditation Music: Nature Sounds, Relaxing Music, Calming Music, Healing Music

Secrets Of Zen (Japanese Chill Out)


Transcendental Meditation

Founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Transcendental Meditation (TM), uses a mantra or series of Sanskrit words to help the practitioner focus during meditation in lieu of just following breath.

The mantra given to the student will vary according to different factors, including the year in which the student was born and in some cases their gender. The teacher’s date of training also affects the mantra provided. TM is a seated meditation.


Transcendental Meditation Music – Achieve a State of Enlightenment, TM Mindfulness Training

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Kundalini Yoga

Meditation in the Kundalini Yoga tradition contains specific and practical tools that carefully and precisely support the mind, and guide the body through the use of breath, mantra, mudra (hand position), and focus. The variety of meditation techniques in the Kundalini Yoga tradition is very large.

Yogi Bhajan, the founder, passed on hundreds of meditations. There are meditations that reduce stress, work on addictions, and increase vitality. Since these meditations are so specific, working with a teacher is a large part of this tradition.



9 POWERFUL KUNDALINI MANTRAS | Mantras for Peace & Positive Energy

CHOIR sings OM SO HUM Mantra

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra – Sacred Sound Choir – Ancient Chant For Healing & Peace

In Closing

Meditation is about looking inside to find the answers to questions from outside. Much like the modern “Look outside the box”combined with the older version “Look inside the box”. Meditation can allow you to find the real you and you can then research on what you wish to improve. Then, work internally visualizing and developing the strategy for self-improvement. The process continues on indefinitely.

The Beatles (remember them?) returned from their retreat in India and immediately began working on their 9th studio album. Production was marred by arguments over creative differences and Yoko Ono. The band’s producer took a sudden leave of absence and the engineer quit. Ringo Starr left the band briefly in August. The album, their 9th and a double album, was released in November 1968. The Beatles (White Album) reached number one on the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States, and has since been viewed by some critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.

And now, without looking, what are the types of meditation? Did you get these 5? If you did, great, you ARE a Rock Star! I usually can only name 3 off the top. When asked, I usually say that I practice Mindfulness, but not in a formal, structured way. I use a lot of different techniques, a mix and match that suits me. How about you? Do you meditate and if you do, what type do you practice? And if you don’t, why not take a few minutes and do some more research on meditation?

Do you have any information you would like to share? If you have any questions or suggestions on other meditation types, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I will reply as soon as I can!

Walking the Path of Peace,



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8 thoughts on “What are the different types of meditation?”

  1. Hi Sanders,

    What a wonderful read on what are the different types of meditation! I use to meditate for years. It was bliss. I use to have panic attacks and serious anxiety issues. It happened after a very unexpected and tragic situation that occurred in the family.

    I couldn’t even step outside my door to even go to the shops I was the fretful. I woke one morning and flew straight into a panic attack – ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH!

    I exposed myself to many excellent inspirational quotes daily on Facebook and where ever else I could find it. I studied and applied the Five Principles of Reiki and learned to meditate.

    Those that try to meditate are already doing it wrong – There is no TRY but only BE! Subtle difference.

    If you have not got at least 5 minutes a day to meditate then you should meditate for 20 minutes a day – that is an old Buddhist joke lol. Point being, meditation in particular is a way to be disconnected from that which tortures you daily. Give it a go and you will huge differences in you in only a matter of weeks. I am always saying to friends that have terrible anxiety issues to meditate. But, they don’t. Then I tell them that they mentally lazy and that will continue to suffer by choice because of it. They just want to complain about it BUT do nothing – I can only shake my head in disappointment for their needless suffering.

    Thanks again for all this valuable information and I know it will help a great number of people in Sanders 🙂 .

    – Philip.

    • Philip, Thanks for sharing some of your story. Panic attacks are some nasty experiences. Glad to hear that meditation helped. I have not tried Reiki but you have gotten me interested. Friends and Family are always the last to listen to advice, sometimes it takes a major event to get action taken. I hope they are in CBT, it really can do wonders and combined wit meditation; a major difference in quality of life is possible. I do have a few articles on Anxiety, if you would like to pass them along. I will remember the 5/20 minute a day joke. It is worth sharing.
      Walking in the Path of Peace,

  2. Sometimes I just like to sit in complete silence and envision myself living the way I really want to.

    It helps me relieve stress in a much deeper way it seems. I also like music that’s relaxing like Kenny G but these are some interesting options you’ve presented.

    • Aria Len,
      Thanks for commenting. It is nice to hear that you already meditate, and it sounds like Mindfulness. If you like Kenny G, you should give Bob James a try. I do like the more… interesting is a good way of putting it, music. With so much in the world, why limit ourselves?
      Walking the Path of Peace,

  3. Great post Sanders! I am a believer of meditation. After a busy day, and before going to bed, i make it a point to meditate.. i don`t even know what kind of meditation i was using until i`ve read your post – so it is mindfulness meditation.
    I think you`re a a Beatles fan! Love them too:)
    Thanks for sharing your post.

    • Hi Hanna, Glad to have helped you identify your meditation practice. I spent years doing what I call a mix/match before I heard of Mindfulness and realized what it was. The Beatles are great, until I remember it is the Beatles; then not so great. They will always be known as one of the greatest bands.
      Walking in the Path of Peace,


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