There are many different kinds of meditation and also many different names for each approach. You can usually divide them into two groups (which will often overlap): calming meditation and insight meditation
With calming meditation, you concentrate on a particular object, such as your breath, a mantra, a visualisation, a physical object, or even physical sensations within your body. Benefits include a quieter, more peaceful state of mind, and improved concentration.
In contrast, people have traditionally practised insight meditation to transform their minds by developing qualities such as wisdom and compassion.
Headspace combines techniques from both calming and insight meditation. While most types of meditation were originally part of various spiritual disciplines, Headspace uses them in a non-religious way. We won’t ask you to chant mantras, burn incense or even sit cross-legged!
Designed for modern living, Headspace helps you deal with the stresses and strains of 21st century life. While you might be looking after your body by eating right and going to the gym, are you taking proper care of your mind? You can with Headspace. Our convenient online sessions help you find contentment, greater clarity, and improved feelings of well-being and happiness.
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- Do I need a teacher?
- What kind of meditation is Headspace?
- When should I meditate?
- How do I sit during meditation?
- What should I wear to meditate?
- Can I meditate lying down?
- Is there a particular way I should breathe?
- How do I find time to meditate?
- Where should I meditate?
- How does The Basics work and why is it there?