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Meditation is a discipline-based practice that offers an individual with much mental and physical relaxation. When successfully practiced, meditation practitioners get an opportunity to boost their mental awareness while pulling together their senses and enhancing a sense of stress relief. The multiple types of meditation available today have different kinds of physical and emotional benefits.

Mindfulness meditation
In mindfulness meditation, the practitioner remains aware of the immediate environment and moment, thereby eliminating tendencies to think about the past and dread the future. Mindfulness meditation does not require total exclusion from the environment and can be practiced even while on the go. This practice is beneficial as it eliminates fixation on negative emotions and thoughts.

Breath awareness meditation
The breath awareness meditation encourages practitioners to be mindful of their breathing habits as they breathe slowly and deeply while counting their breaths. This practice helps one to ignore negative inner thoughts that often colonize the mind to cause mental stress. This meditation type offers similar benefits to mindfulness meditation while boosting concentration abilities.

Zen meditation
The Zen meditation practice is an integral part of the Buddhist meditation practices involving engaging in specific postures and taking specific steps. Zen meditation focuses on giving the practitioner the most comfortable position that offers the optimal benefit of control of the mind which has an optimal benefit of relaxation.

Transcendental meditation
The transcendental meditation practice is based on spiritual meditation where individuals assume a sitting position and minimize their breathing as much as possible. The practitioners then focus on mantra by making utterances of repetitive words. Depending on the objective to be achieved with transcendental meditation, the words can be customized to ensure that the individual achieves a specific focus. Successful transcendental meditation practice offers optimal spiritual and mental benefits.

Loving-kindness meditation
This form of meditation practice helps cultivate attitudes of love, kindness, and other forms of interpersonal qualities. When practiced correctly, loving-kindness meditation involves controlled breathing while focusing the mind on particular attributes such as love, anger management, resentment of frustrations, and elimination of interpersonal conflicts among other areas. It is particularly helpful for persons with negative emotions and helps reduce depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders.

About The Author
John Kaweske is an Entrepreneur and Biodiesel Expert in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is the President of Bio Clean Energy, S.A., a biodiesel holding company with diversified assets in the clean energy sector in Sao Paulo, Brazil. While building Bio Clean Energy in 2004, John found himself with a lot of extra time, which ultimately led to him discovering meditation. Today, John Kaweske practices daily meditation, and manages a monthly blog outlining the latest in meditation and mindfulness. 

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