The three different types of meditation

I want to clarify something that has been going through my head for several days, namely what meditation can be. There are many definitions of this word, and a lot of different, even contradictory, is associated with it. Without getting involved with the definitions of the others, I would like to explain what I mean by it and how I use the word. You will find three different meanings of this word on my page. So without losing many introductory words, I go straight to clarification.

1. Meditation can occur on my site synonymous with “guided meditation”. It is the name for the practice of effortless listening, while a spiritual teacher, or mindfulness teacher, leads us into the silence of our being and our direct experience. A guided meditation, as I mean and appreciate it, is there to bring us closer to our body, our breathing, our inner life with thoughts, emotions, senses and the life that is all around us. It makes us aware of what is here, both the content and the silent background, the awareness of it.

2. For me meditation also means sitting, lying, standing or walking silently. It takes place when we, without the help of a voice, familiarize ourselves with the reality of the present moment. Silent, relaxed and at the same time attentive and alert.

3. Finally there is a completely different meaning of the word meditation, which most of my favorite spiritual teachers use, and which I also recognized and understood for myself some years ago. Most of the articles on my site have been written about this type of meditation. It is not a practice, but a spontaneous inner recognition of our true nature and our being. A “state” in which our identification with the person as well as the separation between me and the objects in and around me dissolves. This true meditation is mostly a totally thoughtless state, a natural state, a state of being truly present, which usually arises on its own. However, the first two types of meditation can, but do not have to lead to the fact, that the third type will arise more frequently. They can prepare, pave the way for true meditation. Actually my first awakening and recognition of me being not personal but universal consciousness seemed to be triggered by listening to Adyashanti’s guided meditation, even if I can’t say it with 100% certainty that it was the cause and effect of what really happened.

In the end – if you like one of the first two types of meditation, then you should instinctively follow that affection. The third type of meditation comes when the mind makes place to consciousness. This seems to be something, which just happens and the more of it, the more transformation takes place in your life.

All other types of meditation, such as mantra meditations, affirmations or chakra meditations, kundalini meditations have hardly anything to do with the content of my site. They are practices that I know a little bit and that have their specific meaning and purpose, but which, in my eyes, hardly serve to recognize neither our true nature nor the reality of the present moment.