I have been a meditator 17 years. It has been profoundly life changing for me. I started with guided journeys on audio-tape, but today I am part of a very dedicated meditation community.
Here are my best tips on how to meditate!
Do some yoga first - stretch a few minutes.
Choose a nice space. A quiet space. Tidy the space up first.
Make it warm if you're cold, open a window if you're hot.
Upon waking or before sleeping is good. Noon is also good.
Sit on a pillow if that's more comfortable.
Frequent short sessions are better than one long session.
I like to rest my attention behind by third eye.
Wrap yourself in a blanket that feels good to you.
It should be a pleasure. You're relaxing for a while.
A wonderful track to meditate to
Mostly it's about doing it.
However you do it, meditation is mostly about the breath.
Sit and breathe, consciously and a little more deeply than usual.
And let thoughts go. Do this with as much focus as you can.
Do It Your Way
Eventually you may find that you crave your meditation times. You find peace in them. And you find yourself extending them, even as long as 60 minutes. And people start commenting, "Have you changed something?".
The main thing is: please don't make meditation into another way to make yourself feel bad. A silent mind isn't really the goal, or realistic. You can't control your mind, you just get better at observing it. Greater relaxation is the goal. And to keep it up, most people need some kind of support, like a teacher, a guided journey to follow along with, or an app.
Insight Timer is a wonderful app that offers thousand of guided meditations, a meditation timer, and a huge community, I also really love anything by Eckhart Tolle - all his work is about meditation.
Meditation should make you feel better! And if you really struggle to keep at it, then maybe listen to your body and do what it is moving you to do.
Maybe your natural meditation right now is to do yoga 10 min a day. Or maybe a bath is what gets you relaxing. Or a walk...
Meditation is a practice of self-love, and the outcome of meditation is we become more loving, calmer, and wiser.
It is really a practice of calming down, over and over again. Don't underestimate how powerful that can be.
How I Meditate Now
I started with guided journeys on audio-tape, but today I meditate exclusively with the Shambhala Meditation Tools. I also understand much more now about why to meditate, and what the outcome is supposed to be.
I meditate with the Shambhala Meditation-Healing Tools because they make meditation easy, deep, and wonderful. I find peace and rejuvenation in meditation.
So what are they all about? Well, they are Tools of crystal, silver and gold, and they are very beautiful. They apply the science of geomancy and transmission. Most people start with a small one, called an Etheric Weaver, and each Tool comes with a CD of Soul Therapy Music. This Music is a combination of beautiful prayers, crystal bowls, and first nations drumming. The prayers evoke awakening qualities within you, like peace and love and service. Both the Soul Therapy Music (stream it free at that link) and the Tools are created by Buddha Maitreya, and transmit His healing Blessings, so its much more than just a meditation system, it creates self-healing and has given me a lot of peace.
You'll find these Tools at Shambhala Healing Tools.
The other meditation I do now is the OM Meditation. It's a group meditation and it has made me a better person. I do that online, weeknights. It includes a profound teaching, always on healing and evolving person and planet, also by Buddha Maitreya.
But however you do it, meditation's outcome is always the same: you become calmer, wiser. You less intellectual and more grounded and open to the magic and joy of living.
You transform, very slowly, into all that you can be.
Hi, I'm Donovan Giraud. I'm a health coach, meditator and visionary. I'm on a mission to help people heal themselves and evolve our world.