Which Type Of Meditation Is Right For You?

The biggest difference is the distinction
between passive and active meditation.

Active meditation includes all the types
of meditation where the mind is actively
involved.

Examples of this are meditations using
visualization or breathing techniques.

Vipassana or mindfulness meditation,
 also belongs to this category by the way…
contrary to what people are often
taught or generally think…
yet with prolonged training the mental
activity does lessen over time.

For most people it is best, and more
natural, to first start with an active
form of meditation.

In passive meditation on the other
hand, the goal is to focus all mental
activity on a single thing, make the
mind stable and focused or quiet.

How do these two types of meditation
come together then?

Active meditation is useful for helping
you reach your goals, achieve things.

Active meditation can be used to design
your life and give it a direction.
For instance to free up more time for
passive meditation.

There is a story about a zen master who
was sick, which illustrates this difference.

He used visualization techniques to help
him get well.

He explained to the doctors that
this is not ‘real’ meditation. For him
the real meditation is the passive
meditation.

It is through the passive meditation
that you can reach higher levels
of consciousness and spiritual
growth can be achieved.

To learn all about active meditation, click here
or

to get practical one on one training in both passive
and active meditation…
check out the spiritual retreat  in Bali by clicking here

What type of meditation do you prefer and  why?
Let me know below…

15 Comments

  • Lefty

    Reply Reply 05/22/2011

    That’s relaly shrewd! Good to see the logic set out so well.

    • Andrea

      Reply Reply 10/26/2012

      I agree with you, in as far as first build ethical/moral foudnation, second build chi . To do otherwise will create monsters, as has occasionally happened in the past.According to a student of John’s: as unnerving as it may be the reality is even a cruel tyrant can learn these abilities. They are not proof of spiritual progress or compassion, but rather evidence of skilled meditation, chi cultivation and discipline.

  • Andreas Rodrig

    Reply Reply 08/08/2011

    Google led me to this blog post, and it is absolutely what I was looking for.

    • Luana

      Reply Reply 10/26/2012

      after tow months of metndatiig every night for half and hour, now I feel the energy. Its like a pain in my head and then it can be moved around. So next I should pull it to my tommy. Man this part is difficult. It goes to my neck, hands and finger tips, but not to tommy I keep pushing ;D Thanks for the amaazing vid

      • Conrad Raw

        Reply Reply 11/02/2012

        You shouldn’t. Without proper guidance it is better to focus on relaxing more while keeping conscious awareness.
        How do you know it it energy you are experiencing? How do you know it is not a physical symptom of wrong technique? Or of the right technique executed wrongly?
        How do you know it is your energy and not that of someone/something else? Etc.

      • Rajinder

        Reply Reply 01/22/2013

        I have already repeild your question on dealing depression with Hindu resources. which I have reproduced once again below:-In addtion to the above you can do the following and possibility you will get some relief-1. YOGA and MEDITATION. You should preactice this daily in the morning. I will give lot of relief.2. Read and try to understand Bhagwat Gita You can do one verse per day and you will get so many meanings and facts, which will be helpful. Other Hindu Resources suggested by me are as below:DEALING DEPRESSION HINDU WAY RESOURCES:Today many people practice yoga to lose weight or otherwise improve their health and appearance. But there is much more to yoga than that. Yoga actually means “To link with the Supreme”. It may be compared to a ladder for attaining the top most spiritual perfection.Thousands of years ago, conditions were such that people could devote a great part of their lives to unbroken yoga practices in a secluded place, taking strict vows of penances and austerity. But who today can sit alone in a mountain valley or jungle for long periods without moving; minimizing eating and sleeping and speaking, and on top of that fixing ones mind on the self? By following the bhakti yoga process which has been recommended for this age, this can be achieved.The Bhakti Yogi controls his mind and senses by the simple process of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. Chanting purifies the mind and the senses just as medicine prescribed for a body ailment gradually restores the body to its natural. healthy condition. We engage in this practice, known as mantra meditation to gradually develop great mental control and awareness. In this pure state of consciousness, free from inebriates such as tension, confusion, depression and feelings of envy and hatred, one experiences real peace of mind.We also abstain from activities which bind us to materialistic life and have negative karmic reactions.These we call the regulative principles of freedom and can be classified as four:1. No eating meat, fish or eggs 2. No Gambling3. No intoxicants (like drugs, alcohol, tobacco, etc.)4. No illicit sex.We follow these principles in order to develop love of God. They are conducive to the development of spiritual life and also bring peace and stability of the mind. We believe there are three enemies to civilized human life. These are lust, anger and greed. These activities which we abstain from are those which increase our lust, anger and greed. They also cloud the mind which then that leads to mis-judgement.Abstaining from these four sinful acts allows us to lay a rock solid foundation in our devotional quest.So by regularly chanting Hare Krishna …… this will help us to follow the four regulative principles and by following the four regulative principles we can easily chant Hare Krishna. They go hand in hand, neither one can be done without the other.-

  • Elizbeth Mccash

    Reply Reply 10/04/2011

    Very interesting info!Perfect just what I was looking for!

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    Reply Reply 10/12/2011

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  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply 10/15/2011

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  • Derek Carroll Manlius NY

    Reply Reply 10/22/2012

    Hey there, had a tough time coming about this link. Was worth the challenge. Thanks

  • Rara

    Reply Reply 10/26/2012

    I have seen this arrogance all the time, but motlsy with doctors other health professionals. The Chinese focus on being humble so in our world Chinese medicine is being trampled all over. Doctors think that If it can’t be scientifically proven it must not work and they shape how ppl think. then they do a weekend medical acupuncture’ course and their patients turn around to us chinese medicine practitioners with a 4yr+ degree and say we’re not doing it right. Not much respect there.

  • Tangela Portner

    Reply Reply 10/31/2012

    dude, can I hug you?! 🙂

  • brighton conference

    Reply Reply 02/08/2013

    Some great points.

  • Denice Lorenson

    Reply Reply 03/10/2013

    Which Type Of Meditation Is Right For You? Great stuff

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