Meditation has been around for thousands of years. As an umbrella term, ‘meditation’ can evoke an incredibly diverse set of practices and techniques, from simple relaxation and breathing techniques, to more intense versions of cognitive manipulation like suggestibility and hypnosis. And while there are certainly commonalities across disciplines, not all meditations are the same.
In the United States and the rest of the Western world in particular, there are two main practices that have swept the nation: Mindfulness and Transcendental Meditation (TM). From meditation retreats, to books and courses and apps, there are hundreds of ways to choose and learn one of these practices and begin reaping the mental and physical rewards. But which should you choose? If you’ve learned one, is it worth moving on to the other? We’ll delve into exactly what these practices are and what sets them apart, look at which is best for beginner meditators, as well as what health benefits you can expect to see with both to ultimately help you answer what type of meditation might be the best for you and get you started on your meditation journey. Read more