what type of meditation should i do

One of the most common questions I hear as a meditation teacher is “What meditation should I do?” Quiz-type questions can help you to find the best meditation to do. That’s why I’ve shared a little quiz below to help you pick the type of meditation you should do today.

If you’ve read my guide to the top meditation techniques in the world, you’ll know that there are plenty of different options to pick from.

There are different meditation for all different reasons. And if you read my guide to the benefits of meditation, you’ll know that different meditations have different benefits. It’s important to know what benefits you’ll get from your type of meditation before you start practising. Otherwise, you’ll just waste your time.

To help you pick the type of meditation, you should do, answer the quiz questions below.

What Type Of Meditation Should I Do?  Quiz Questions To Help You Find Your Best Type

Simply answer these questions to find the type of meditation you should do. Important: you can find a guide to all the different meditations here.

1: How experienced are you at meditating?

Before deciding the best type of meditation for you, we need to know how much experience you have.

Different types of meditation require different levels of experience. For instance, you wouldn’t want to do a full Chakra Dhyana meditation the first time you meditate.

Here are some of the best types of meditation based on your experience level:

Absolute novice: Just do easy breathing meditations. Watch your breath and relax. Or try a guided meditation, or some basic mindfulness exercises, like actively listening to relaxing music.

Intermediate: If you’re an intermediate meditator, I recommend starting to use the Buddhist meditations. These include Anapanasati, Vipassana (labelling thoughts and feelings while meditating) and Samatha (focusing on an object and becoming one with it).

Advanced: If you’re advanced, try a new form of meditation you haven’t done before. This might include Osho Dynamic meditation, Merkaba, or a complete Chakra Dhyana.

2: Are you spiritual?

Some people use meditation for spiritual development. Other people use meditation for pure health. And different techniques are designed for different people.

If you’re a spiritual person, and you want to develop your spiritual practice, meditate in accordance with your beliefs. For instance, Christians can meditate on The Bible, and Buddhists can meditate on their favourite Buddha quotes.

If you’re not a spiritual person and you want to use meditation for health, take a look at the link at the top where I shared the benefits of meditation. In that link, I’ve discussed the meditations you should do for all different health reasons.

3: How important is relaxation?

Contrary to popular belief, not all meditations are relaxing. Some are designed to help you overcome painful thoughts and emotions. And some are designed to produce positive energy.

If you want to use meditation for relaxation, stick to a breathing technique. The reason is simple: deep breathing is perhaps the single best thing you can do for relaxation. So if you want to relax, do mindful breathing or another breathing technique like Tibetan Nine Round Breathing.

4: Do you get bored during meditation? Do you prefer to be active?

A lot of people get bored during meditation. That’s understandable. When you’re just sitting there focusing on breathing, it can get a little boring. Thankfully, there are ways to mix things up.

If you get bored when meditating, or you prefer to be active, the best meditation for you will be an active type. For instance, Zen Walking, or perhaps mindfully hiking through a forest, or even doing Tai Chi.

5: Do you prefer to be alone or with someone?

Many people automatically assume that meditation is a solitary practice. After all, when you see people meditating, they are usually sitting alone with their eyes closed. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

If you prefer to be with other people, try meditating with someone. Dyadic Meditation (meditating with another person) can be a wonderful way to take your practice further.

6: How hard do you find meditation?

If you find meditation challenging, you might be better sticking to a non-formal type of meditation until you get accustomed to it. The key here is to use “Trait Mindfulness” instead.

“Trait Mindfulness” is the general quality of being mindful, and does not require actual meditation. For instance, you can take a mindful walk, mindfully listen to music, eat mindfully, or do any other activity in a mindful way. This can be simpler than formal meditation and is great for beginners.

7: If you could pick one emotion to have more of, what would it be?

Meditation is a great way of cultivating certain emotions. Is there a specific emotion you would like to feel more of? If so, do the corresponding meditation, like so:

8: What is your favourite thing in the world to do?

One way to find a really enjoyable meditation is to make your current activities mindful. For instance, let’s say you love gardening. Gardening makes you feel grounded and happy. Why not take it further? Turn gardening into a mindfulness activity. Whatever you love to do, you can choose to meditate on it and do it mindfully!

9: Concentration or creativity?

The two main types of meditation are Open and Closed. Open is when you let the entire world come to you through your senses. Closed is when you focus on one thing.

Open and Closed meditations have massively different results that you need to know. Essentially, open meditations make you more creative, more playful, more spontaneous, more “free”, and more alive to the present moment. Closed meditations train your mind to focus on one thing, which is why they are great for improving concentration, increasing productivity, and increasing your attention span. Knowing the difference between these two types of meditation will help you pick the right one.

I personally ask myself these questions all the time to help me choose what meditation I should do every day.

I hope you’ve found this guide helpful. Which meditation did you pick? Write a comment and remember to subscribe.

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About Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

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