How do I Meditate?

How do I do it?

There are so many types of meditation so I will choose a few popular methods and discuss them.  Such a large number of options exist to fit our lifestyles, our preferences, and our goals for meditation.

Mantra Meditation

The use of a mantra is to allow you to focus your thoughts and keep you from being distracted. The mantra should have some meaning to you. It can be a word or a phrase.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

This technique uses both breath awareness and body scan. Breath awareness is as simple as it sounds—you focus your attention on the inhalation and exhalation. Body scan is a process of focused attention on the physical body starting at the toes and working your way up with heightened awareness and the potential for release or relaxation of tension.

Guided Meditations

Sometimes we need an extra boost to remain focused and relaxed. Guided meditations can be offered through classes or recordings.  Oprah and Deepak Chopra offer free guided meditation series for free on a regular basis, or you can find thousands of videos on Youtube to suit your needs.  I have provided a short ten minute guided breathing video here.