Two Forms of Meditation

Yogic philosophy includes two broad categories of meditation. In Samadhi, or concentration meditation, we focus on a particular object, idea, or concept. In Vipassana, or insight meditation, we dwell on something, such as a situation or feeling, in order to gain insight or analyze it.

Samadhi Meditation

The Sanskrit word “Samadhi” refers to the highest state of consciousness, or the blissful stage during which we become at one with the universe. An old saying from Vedic teachings says, “Concentration is the arrow. Meditation is the bow.” In the Buddhist tradition, there are over 40 objects of focus, including mantras, breath, earth, water, fire, and air. Among these, breath is one of the most popular.

When we practice this type of meditation, we focus on a single subject to gain revelations into its mysteries. When we do this, our minds quiet down, and we enter a higher realm of consciousness. Samadhi meditation includes nine mental stages, beginning with evoking the object of focus and ending with self-realization.

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