Here Are The 10 Types Of Meditators: Which One Are You?

As a meditation teacher, I’ve often marveled at how varied people’s meditation experiences are. For instance, there is the “The Strategic Meditator.” She is someone who enjoys meditating daily without fail, no matter what else is happening in her life. This type of meditator usually reaps the benefits of the practice quickly and lavishly. But there are other types as well. These are not “good” or “bad” types, just personal observations of how some people approach or experience meditation. Here are other types of meditators I've met along the way.

The Emergency Meditator

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Waits until all hell breaks loose before finally making the time to sit down and meditate.

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The Reluctant Meditator

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Knows meditating is good to do, but keeps coming up with important-sounding excuses, mismanaging time, and dreading the idea of sitting.

The Meditation Police

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Openly (and often annoyingly) critical of everyone else’s routine or lack of commitment.

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The Grumpy Meditator

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You’re surprised to discover that they meditate because they seem rather grumpy. But, we’ll never know how grumpy they would’ve been had they not been meditating at all.

The Meditation Fundamentalist

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Religious about meditating, mostly because they think something bad is going to happen if they miss even one meditation.

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The Narcissistic Meditator

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Regularly keeps people waiting due to excuses like “over-meditated” or because hasn’t yet meditated.

The Closet Meditator

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Lawyers, politicians, celebrities, or anyone else who may be afraid of being “outed” as a meditator because they don’t want to seem weird, not relatable, or “soft.”

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The Anti-Meditator Meditator

Hunters, heavy-metal singers, and “shock” radio jock meditators (fun fact: Howard Stern apparently hasn’t missed a meditation in over 30 years).

The Meditation Evangelist

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Every conversation somehow returns to meditation, how amazing it is — and how you won't know the benefits until you try.

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The Meditation Skeptic

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Meditates without fail, but doesn’t think anything positive is happening.

It doesn't matter which meditator you resonate with the most, just continue with your practice, however it comes most naturally to you.

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Light Watkins

Meditation Teacher & Founder of The Shine
Light Watkins is a Santa Monica–based Vedic Meditation teacher, mindbodygreen class instructor, a TEDx speaker, and author of The Inner Gym, and Bliss More, How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying. He grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, graduated Howard University with a Bachelors degree in communications, and is based out of Venice, CA. Light recognized his passion for teaching meditation after meeting his Guru in 2002. Following years of daily meditation, Vedic studies, and apprenticeship, Light traveled to India to be trained in the ancient ways of teaching meditation. Afterwards, he dedicated himself to transforming people from all walks of life into self-sufficient meditators. Light’s students have used meditation to whip PTSD, hypertension, sleep deprivation, anxiety, depression, and even cancer. To date, Light has personally taught over a thousand people to meditate, having yet to meet someone he couldn’t teach.Visit his website at LightWatkins.com to learn more.
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