There are literally thousands of styles and types of meditation developed throughout history by the diverse cultures around our planet. Some of these exercises and techniques are more suited to our modern times than others, but we encourage you to follow your interest and discover whichever method might be right for you.
For the purposes of our online course, we have divided the world of meditation into four basic meditation practices: Relaxation, Concentration, Mindfulness, and The Flow State.
Although we teach these types of meditation separately, each one contains elements of the others and they all aim to bring about the presence, awareness, and peace that are characteristic of the a true mindful state.
Relaxation and Concentration practices tend to be taught first. These basic practices establish the foundational skills that are used for the more sophisticated forms of meditation practice like Mindfulness and Flow. Flow is in some ways a metaphor for the Mindful State itself where one is fully at ease in the present moment even in the midst of the world and daily activities.
These four basic types of meditation are each briefly discussed in the free introductory lectures listed below. If you are beginning a formal mindfulness practice, we suggest that you consider enrolling in our comprehensive Online Mindfulness Course.
There is a well-known metaphor in the world of meditation that it is very important to not mistake the map for the real journey. The real fruits of mindfulness practice do not come through understanding along.
Only when the concepts learned in study are discovered in your own direct personal experience will you understand their full significance and power.
Listed below are a few free guided meditation exercises that will give you a taste of the types of meditation exercises we present as part of our Online Mindfulness Course.