How to Meditate
There are two very popular approaches to meditation. One of them is concentration meditation - where you focus on a singular thing - such as a sound, mantra, or the beads of a mala. Some people find it helpful to focus on a candle flame or listen to the gong of a bell.
The second common approach to meditation is mindfulness meditation, where you observe your thought patterns and practice awareness as your mind drifts. Other popular meditation techniques that involve movement are walking meditation, tai chi, and qigong. You may want to try each of them to decide which one works best for you.
When you begin meditating, it is important that you are comfortable and it is best if your back is straight. There are cushions and chairs that you buy to help support your back. Otherwise, many people opt to lie down or sit against a wall.
Try meditating just for a few minutes to start, then you can slowly work your way up to a longer time. Do your best to inhale for 7 seconds and exhale for 8 seconds. As you breathe in, consciously breathe in the essence of love and allow it to fill your entire being. When you breathe out, breathe out your love for the Universe and gratitude for its gifts. Try to keep your mind focused on your breath, and observe it as it fills up your abdomen. There are also chants that you can do, perhaps I will cover that in a later blog post. For now, I just wanted to give you some of the basics.
The first few times you try meditation you may feel restless and frustrated, but that is perfectly normal. That most likely means you need it! Here are some benefits that will inspire you to keep trying 20 Benefits of Meditation :)