Below are some of the more common practices you can try to start your practice.
The most well-known type of meditation, mindfulness meditation is about being aware of sounds and activities happening around you. It’s a flow-like meditation, because you let your mind be fluid and flow from one thought to the next, not focusing on one particular thing. This type of meditation doesn’t require you to block out noise; you let your mind be aware of the sounds without becoming too focused.
This type of meditation is for those who regularly participate in prayer or connecting to a higher power. Just like the other styles, you must become calm and quiet and then begin to focus on a question or problem you might have. This style of meditation can feel not only relaxing, but rewarding as well.
If the idea of clearing your mind of all thoughts stresses you out, focused meditation is great because you can focus on a sound, object, mantra, or thought. The key here is to just focus on one of these things and stay committed to that one thought or object. Relaxation music comes in handy. Even though you’re essentially using your mind, you’ll be amazed at how rejuvenated you feel afterwards.
Movement meditation may seem intimidating, but if you’re by yourself and you really get into it, it can be extremely uplifting and relaxing at the same time. Sitting with your eyes closed, simply focus on your breath and try out different gentle, repetitive flowing movements. Rather than focus on a sound, object, or thought, just turn your attention to your movement. I find a slow left and right swaying motion to be therapeutic, or you could try moving your entire upper body in a slow circular motion.
Mantras are words that are chanted loudly during meditation. It may seem odd to be making loud noises during a meditation session, but it’s actually the sounds that become the object being focused on. The mantra Om is often used since it delivers a deep vibration that makes it easy for the mind to concentrate on that particular sound.