What Are the different meditation methods that we teach?
Our teaching program is currently based on two meditation methods
In addition we are able to explain a range of other methods including mindfulness, breathing meditation, mantra meditation, walking meditation and healing meditation. It should be pointed out that with rare exceptions most generic mediation methods, for example compassionate meditation (CM) exist in different forms in diverse secular and spiritual traditions. Whilst many share common aspects and can appear to be quite similar, this is not necessarily the case. For example what we call Buddhism is in fact made up of a number of different spiritual traditions based on the teachings of the Buddha. Mindfulness meditation within these different traditions can be considered to have differences as well as similarities. Even when the idea of mindfulness is similar the context in which mindfulness is practiced, the practice itself, and the degree of knowledge and experience of the students might be very different.
Who can we teach?
We, Meditation for Health Kent (MFHIK) are an organisation committed to sharing information and expertise related to meditation across Kent, Medway and London. We provide general advice and tuition outside of any specific spiritual tradition. If you meditate with us you can expect support from a teacher with thousands of hours of formal practice in addition to any recognised training and qualifications, they are also likely to have introduced hundreds of practitioners to meditation. We offer a range of meditation solutions to individuals and groups in different settings. Alongside regular classes, individual 1 to 1 tuition and workshops, we also undertake workplace meditation and meditation for students. We provide a meditation advisory service, and support to existing meditation groups. Where resources permit we offer limited free meditation support to local schools and not-for-profit organizations. Our fees and terms and conditions can be found on our pricing page.
Among the many methods currently available in the west the following are amongst the most popular.
Autogenic Training – A relaxation technique able to deliver good results for the right students. Daily fifteen minute sessions designed to lower stress levels. Can be undertaken even lying down with minimal instruction.
Beginners’ Meditation – Different people require different tools, even at the start of their meditation experience. Several established meditation traditions have systems of progression whereby inital and foundation meditations are regarded as the starting point for most students.
Breathing Meditation – Simple but effective practice focusing on breath, more advanced versions available within distinctive religious traditions like the Buddhist Lojong practice.
Buddhist Meditation – There are literally hundreds of meditations used across the many schools of Buddhism. Some suitable fort beginners others requiring pre-exisiting knowledge and/or experience.
Chan Meditation – Refers to any one of the meditations carried out by practitioners of the Chan tradition.
Meditation for Children – Young adults with good levels of concentration and a connection to meditation can be taught the same simple meditation as adults. Several techniques exist for children under the age of 11.
Compassionate Meditation (CM) – A wide range of meditations available in religious and non-religious traditions concentrating on the development of compassion towards self and others.
Grief and Loss Meditation – Specific meditation tools that can be used to support people coming to terms with grief and loss.
Healing Meditation – Meditation in itself is a great tool for improving your own health. However there are authentic meditation practices available from specific religious traditions such as the Medicine Buddha group of practices
Japa Meditation – A japa mala is a rosary with 108 beads used in different forms of meditation (see mantra meditation).
Mindfulness Meditation – A wide range of spiritual and secular meditations fit within the growing family of mindfulness. Like many meditation techniques mindfulness has its roots in a number of distinct Buddhist approaches. The mindfulness meditation process makes us aware of and ultimately in control of our mind’s experience.
Mantra Meditation – This meditation puts the mental focus on the mantra, it’s beneficial because it trains the mind to focus on a single object (the mantra) and brings the meditator the benefit of hearing the sounds.
Transcendental Meditation – TM has been described as a contemporary approach to traditional Hindu methods. It has a global following and been subject to scientific enquiry.
Vipassanā Meditation – Vipassanā in the Buddhist Theravada tradition means ‘insight into the true nature of reality’, there are several approaches within the Vipassanā family of practices.
Walking Meditation – Widely practiced in the Theravada Buddhist traditions. The secular version is one of the tools of mindfulness meditation.
Zen Meditation – A traditional Buddhist perspective with a range of distinct meditation practices within several distinct schools.