How to Meditate

bestpsychic's picture

Average: 4.7 (3 votes)

Choose a tranquil location - one free from distractions.


Decide whether you'd like to have meditation music in the background.

Select a comfortable chair or place to sit, and assume a sitting position with your spine relatively straight.

Close your eyes.

Breathe in, allowing your rib cage and belly to expand as you inhale.

Exhale slowly.

Concentrate on your breathing. Be aware of each breath and the feelings of deeper relaxation.

Allow thoughts and feelings to enter your mind. Acknowledge them, allow them to pass, and refocus on your breathing.

Open your eyes after you feel more relaxed and centered.

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Jibanda's picture

There are many types of meditations

This is only one type of meditation, a pure one.

The purpose of meditation is not necessarily to become more relaxed and centered. As a matter of fact, you will many times become more agitated as a result of a good meditation session due to the feelings and conditionings that get out of subconsciousness.

PS. correct the numbering in your post, it's not enough to do a quick cut&paste, at least one look afterwards, this also has some meditative qualities in it :-)

Jibanda | Mon, 04/25/2011 - 08:25
bestpsychic's picture

that's a common avenue in

that's a common avenue in undertaking a meditative state. it is done in order to facilitate a feeling of calmness and relaxation, thus, attaining a sense of tranquility, which in turn will open a venue for a higher state of thinking. one only gets agitated if it is done in successive sessions that are done out of force, not of free will.

could have sworn i numbered that correctly. thanks. :)

bestpsychic | Tue, 04/26/2011 - 03:30
solomon's picture

crucial - the area of concentration on the breath

Indeed a classical one. One important comment - there are crucial different effects for this meditation if one concentrates on the breath in the nose (like in Anapana during Vipassana) or if he concentrates on the breath in the chest or belly.

For those whose mind is strong, it is advisable to concentrate on the breath in the belly. For those who are prone to emotional agitation, it is advised to concentrate on the breath in the nostrils. For those asking to withdraw to being, it is advised to concentrate on the chest.

solomon | Wed, 04/27/2011 - 06:15
bestpsychic's picture

concenttrating on the breath

i know that proper breathing technique is important, bu ti never realized that you have to consider the particular areas too. how does that affect meditation? if by concenttrating on the breath alone, you get by with the relaxation, how then would concentrating on the areas help?

best regards!

bestpsychic | Thu, 04/28/2011 - 01:35
solomon's picture

It's not a breathing

It's not a breathing technique, you do not try to control the breath in any way (like in pranayama) but just to observe it - but the variation is where do you observe the breath, after all, it is an abstract thing.

solomon | Thu, 04/28/2011 - 03:58
bestpsychic's picture

yes, but how then would

yes, but how then would concentrating on specific areas help? in the diaphragm, chest, etc. would it be similar to just concentrating on breathing rhythm alone?

bestpsychic | Fri, 04/29/2011 - 02:33
Quantum's picture

I'm impressed

I'm impressed, Solomon.

Quantum | Sat, 04/30/2011 - 19:42
Quantum's picture

Purpose of meditation and conditionings rising

"The purpose of meditation is not necessarily to become more relaxed and centered."

What in your view is the purpose of meditation?

" will many times become more agitated as a result of a good meditation session due to the feelings and conditionings that get out of subconsciousness."

When these feelings and conditionings get out of the subconscious during a meditation, are they dissolving? Or, are they merely becoming active only to become dormant again?

Quantum | Fri, 09/09/2011 - 16:22
Anuj Sharma's picture


Initially you can use the meditation music for support but don't get dependent on that. And whenever you sit in meditation, never look for the time that I sat for 10mins or 20mins, just sit and whenever you feel to stop, just stop. And never compare your meditation of one day with another day and never share your experiences with other person.

Anuj Sharma

Anuj Sharma | Fri, 06/10/2011 - 10:19
Katania's picture

It used to be that meditate meant to think

I know a lot of times that meditate was used to mean think about this, when I would hear meditate on this, that is what it meant. I suppose it is all about focus. I like to use tools and for meditation I need music. But to control my thoughts I am experimenting with a computer program of all things called clarifylife. They are at I seem to go into a meditative state when I am asked these silly questions.

I'm am looking for new tools now. I hear there are computer games that will help.

Katania | Fri, 07/15/2011 - 10:10
Isha's picture


If you are going to seek and meditate. There is one suggestion to help you all. Take up the discipline and remember after 21 days it will become a habit. So carry on pursuing and it will become easier.

Isha | Thu, 09/08/2011 - 17:10
Anuj Sharma's picture

One question

Have you read about this 21 days concept from the book "The
Monk Who Sold his Ferrari" or from somewhere else?
I just wanna know that whether this concept is written somewhere in our granth or purana also?

Anuj Sharma

Anuj Sharma | Fri, 09/09/2011 - 04:39
Isha's picture


No, I think it has more to do with your body accepting physically and biologically a meditation session everyday and training the mind to accepting and fitting into what feels like a normal daily routine. Like bathing, cooking, going to work keeping time etc.

Isha | Fri, 09/09/2011 - 07:26
roxy girl's picture


Plz i just want to know is "residing in ur inner body" necessary for breathing meditation or not?someone taught me breathing meditation and i am willing to do but this "inner body thing" confuses me a bit

roxy girl | Mon, 09/10/2012 - 10:22
Isha's picture


Dear Roxy,
The best way to meditate is sit, close your eyes and relax inwardly and enjoy-even the benefits after each session are enjoyable. Do this with some effort, for 21 days than it becomes a part of your life. Inside your consciousness and sub consciousness you have the entire cosmos and that is amazing to experiance, just this, you will see colours representing chakras and lights which will later lead to visions and forms. Then as you advance you enter the subconscious and it becomes active and there you will develope powers like telepathy, out of body experiances etc. with time.
If you do breath meditation you can concentrate on the breath going in and out your body just at the tips of the nostrils. With this in time you enter your body with your consciousness and can see where the breath leads maybe in your arms and can heal yourself that way. This is called Vipassana.
But just relaxing and enjoying, even deeply sleeping through a session is alright because you can be enlightened in sleep as long as you are sitting through it and know in your sub conscious you are in a meditation session. Eventually everything falls away all those experiances are not important; and you are enlightened and complete with your journey. You have dissolved all your karma you enter the consciousness of God where you can choose to work with God for humanity.

Isha | Mon, 09/10/2012 - 11:57