How to Meditate

Meditation has been around for centuries, and can be practiced by various means and methods using textbooks, classes, e-books, videos, the Internet, etc.  It is a way to center oneself as well as calm the mind.  While there are many interpretations as to the best way and method to meditate, the following article offers up some suggestions to make meditation as easy and painless as possible.
Learn to meditate
Learn to meditate

The first thing you need to consider when meditating is your surroundings.  You want to meditate in an area where you will be uninterrupted for the 5 to 20 minutes or an hour that you plan to meditate.  Choose a place that you call your “sacred” space that can have an altar, cushions, music, candles, incense, etc.  This area is designated only for you and you only.  It all depends on what your goal is for creating this special space for yourself and your meditation effectiveness.

You then want to figure out the meditation position you’d like to be in.  Will it be standing, sitting, or lying down?  The choice is up to you and what makes you feel most comfortable.

Once you are in your position, and the atmosphere is to your liking, close your eyes and inhale deeply.   It’s best to do this a few times so that you can relax and quiet your mind (which is the ultimate goal of meditation).   If you have a hard time relaxing, use your surroundings to help you.  For example, if you are meditating with soothing music, let the music take you away to that place of nothingness.  Candles can help you focus on calming your mind.  The smell of your favorite incense can help you get in touch within and calm your restlessness.   Whatever method you use, it’s key to make yourself as deep and relaxed as possible.

If you have trouble stilling your mind, it’s ok.   When first starting a meditation program, inward dialogue and chatter will always occur.  If this happens to you constantly, it may be a good idea to take a break, write down your thoughts, relax a bit, or do something else.  You can try again later or wait another day to make another attempt.

Even if you’ve mastered the initial inward chatter, sometimes this will occur, and instead of trying to subvert it and push it away, acknowledge the thought and then let it go.  The more you do this, the easier it will be to calm and eventually stop your inward chatter.

When you are in a deep meditation state, you will feel light and sometimes feel like you’re floating.   You will often feel yourself becoming one with the Universe, God, or whatever other spirit you happen to believe in.  When this occurs, embrace it and let it become a part of you. And this deep relaxation can be as long as you need it to be.

When coming out of the meditative state, it is best to do it slowly and with ease.  Your breathing should become more pronounced and you should start feeling your limbs tingling a bit.  In addition, you will begin to feel as if you had a nice deep nap.

When you are fully awake, slowly open your eyes, and soak in your surroundings.  You can let the music you’re listening to guide you, watch the candles flicker…..and as you’re doing this, take a few deep breathes to bring you back to reality.   Relax a bit with your eyes open soaking in the relaxation and the energy you gained from being in a deep meditative state.  Once you do that, slowly get up from your position and take a nice long stretch or walk around a little bit to gets the blood flowing back into your body.  Thus, your meditation session is done.

While there are many people who describe and prescribe the means for meditation, the only way to get better at it is to put the information you’ve gained from this article and other readings into practice.  Then you will be able to meditate and become one with the universe.