What Is Meditation? (Quick and Easy Guide)

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What is meditation? Some people think meditation is something mysterious and difficult to do, but it can be really simple and easy.

Practicing meditation involves utilizing a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing one’s attention on a specific object, thought, or activity – to cultivate awareness and concentration, resulting in a tranquil and balanced mental state.

Meditation comes in various forms, each offering distinct advantages. However, all forms of meditation share the common goal of helping the practitioner to achieve a greater sense of peace, clarity, and well-being.

Some of the most popular types of meditation include mindfulness meditation, Transcendental Meditation, and yogic meditation.

How Do You Meditate?

There is no one correct way to meditate, as different techniques work for different people. However, there are some general principles that all successful meditators follow, such as quiet and focus. Here is a quick way to start meditating:

1. Find a comfortable and quiet place to sit, recline, or lie down.

2. Close your eyes and take a few long and slow deep breaths.

3. Focus your attention on your breath, or on a mantra or other point of focus.

4. Notice when your mind wanders, and gently redirect your attention back to your breath or point of focus.

5. Continue for 5-10 minutes, or for however long feels comfortable.

It is normal for your mind to wander during meditation – in fact, this is part of the practice. The key is to not get frustrated when your mind wanders, but simply to notice it and gently redirect your attention back to your breath or point of focus.

If you find it difficult to focus, or if you become frustrated, it may be helpful to try a guided meditation. There are many excellent guided meditations available online or on app stores.