7 Simple Techniques to Help You Learn How to Meditate

December 17, 2015
by Yogi Cameron for Thrive Market
7 Simple Techniques to Help You Learn How to Meditate

It seems that the whole world is now meditating, which is wonderful news, as meditation does so much for us on all levels: body, mind and spirit.

On a physical level, meditation allows the body to stay stress-free. Mentally, it helps the mind feel peaceful and less attached to the outcome of each individual task we undertake. Spiritually, this practice takes us beyond the mind, where a whole inner universe is awaiting us. The possibilities are endless.

But with so many different meditation teachers and techniques out there, how would a beginner know which one to try? How would you know whether or not you're practicing the right method for your own body and mind?

Allow me to explain some of the main ways to practice meditation for you. Before trying one method, though, first understand that each method will feel slightly different to each of us. When trying to find the meditation technique that's right for you, try to fit the practice to your nature, not the other way around. When you find the right meditation method for your natural nature, you will feel a certain ease and comfort in your practice. You will flourish.

Without further ado, here are seven simple meditation methods I recommend.

1. Using sight

When following this method, we are using our sense of sight to silence the mind. Gazing at a static object—such as a still candle flame in the dark, for instance—helps the mind to become very focused.

2. Visualizing an image

This method involves closing the eyes and going within. Picture an object, like the Chakras or the heart, and hold onto that image as an object of meditation.

3. Chanting mantra

By chanting a short mantra or sentence over and over again, you can focus and calm the mind.

4. Focus on one part of the body

Try focusing on a part of your body, like the third eye between the eyebrows, to bring awareness to your center. This focus brings stillness to our whole being.

5. Use mala beads

Using mala beads brings an extra layer of activity for the very busy mind. As you are doing your chanting or gazing, run a string of mala beads through your hands to keep the mind super focused on the task at hand.

6. Following the breath

Simply following the breath is an easy way to start your practice before moving on to other more in-depth methods. Because the breath has such an impact on our whole being, focusing on breathing can lead to a restful and calm state of mind.

7. Staring at an image

Find an image that is meaningful to you and stare at it while trying to clear your mind. When using an image to meditate, you evoke the power and strength that image represents. If you choose an image of a guru, saint, or religious figure, for example, whatever energy they carry will be with you in your meditation. This practice is good for people who already have a spiritual practice and follow a certain path.

So there you have seven methods to choose from which will either enhance your method of meditation, help you to choose a new and effective technique or it will help you to correct an existing practice, which is not correct for you.

If you want to learn more about meditating to help reduce stress and stay focused, then check out my FREE three-part Meditation Video Series. Just click here!

Photo credit: Alicia Cho

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  • Bonnie Johnstone

    If I want to buy groceries from Thrive Market, I certainly don't want to buy mysticism contrary to my Eastern Orthodox Christianity. You wouldn't post articles on praying the Jesus Prayer in front of Icons (which I practice).
    Far from being benign, opening oneself up to spirits is dangerous.
    A great relaxation practice is sitting with a cup of tea in the Chinese manner. It takes time just to be present in the moment and slow down. The practice of gratitude and thankfulness is more effective than a library full of self help books. Think more of others than self.

  • Bonnie Johnstone

    I find this as contrary to my religious beliefs as many people would if this was an article on the ancient use of the Jesus Prayer practiced in Monasticism. I am as careful about what I allow into my mind and spirit as I am my body and what I eat.
    It's possible that you may not have considered the possibility that groceries and mysticism may put off many people.

  • Radha Kishan

    I use a brain sensing headband device as mentioned here > http://www.giftick.com/raj/109/ to meditate. This headband can be worn on your head and there is an app associated with it. You will also get earbuds to listen to real time audio voice for guided meditation. The headband make use of your brain waves to understand your state of mind and accordingly will play different sounds to let you know through audio voice if you are meditating correctly or not.