How to Meditate..The condensed version
If you have been trying to learn how to meditate, or to improve your meditation but are overwhelmed but the amount of literature on the topic we are here to help. Meditation is not a complicated as it is being made to seem. There’s no need to sit in awkward positions chanting words you aren’t sure how to pronounce. Just follow these simple tips and you will be headed in the right direction.
While anytime is a good time to meditate sometimes are better than others. The best time to meditate is the time that is right for you. Start with a time you know you won’t be disturbed. Chose a time when you are alert so that you won’t fall asleep. You will also need to determine how long you should mediate for. There is no right or wrong amount of time. However when you are first learning to meditate you may want to set a shorter amount of time for yourself, but more than once a day. Five minutes twice a day is a great starting point. You will likely find it so relaxing that you will want to spend more time in meditation. It is easier to start small and build your way up rather than start big and become uncomfortable and disillusioned.
You can quite literally meditate anywhere. The key is to find a location where you are comfortable. You do not want to be so comfortable that you find yourself falling asleep thought. When you are first starting out you will want to choose a quite location so that you won’t be easily distracted.
Breath. Just Breath. Don’t worry about controlled breathing or chanting at first. Just focus on your natural breaths. Feel your abdomen expand and contract as you breathe in and out. Don’t slouch stay sitting straight up, imagine a marionette string attached to your head keeping your spine straight and keeping enough tension to pull your head slightly upwards. Continue to be mindful of your breathing it will slow as you relax and become more focused. Do not try to stop your mind from wandering. It is impossible to clear your mind. Attempting to not thing will actually make you think more as your fight yourself. Instead just let the thoughts flow naturally and notice how you feel as the pass. Then bring your mind gently back to focusing on your breaths. If you find you need more than just your breaths to help you stay focused this is when you can experiment with a sound like humming, or a mantra.
If this still seems a bit much to learn on your own you can always look into guided meditations in your area, or online. Remember that there is no wrong way to meditate so just enjoy spending some quiet time with yourself in your chosen location.