5 Easy Ways To Meditate

September 23, 2008

There are lots of different ways that you can use to meditate.

Each way has roughly the same result, it’s just a different way to reach that result. Much the same as you can probably change your to work – you’ll get there, maybe faster or slower, but you’ll still reach your destination. Take a look at these easy meditation methods and choose the one that you prefer.

Walking meditation

This is a very simple way to meditate. Naturally you’ll be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you. The joy of using walking meditation is that you can do it pretty much anywhere. Plus no-one else need know that you’re meditating, which can be a benefit when you’re starting out. With a walking meditation, it’s a good time to pay attention to how you feel in yourself as well as what is near you. If you have a regular walk that’s around 15 to 20 minutes, that’s great. And if you can keep away from the distraction of traffic noise, even better, although that may not be as easy in busy towns and cities. If there’s a local park, choose that. Or a riverside walk may be worth exploring. Then take yourself for a gentle stroll. Pay attention to the sounds and scents. And, of course, also pay attention to what you see. You may find yourself noticing the vivid colors around you for the first time.

Breathing meditation

A breathing meditation can be as easy or as difficult as you want. At its easiest, just find a quiet place where you are unlikely to be disturbed. Begin to take deeper breaths than normal. Make each in-breath long, slow and deep. If it’s comfortable to do so, hold your breath for a second or two before you release it. Then breathe out slowly. Repeat the process several times – start with 5 or so repetitions and build up to more. This is a simple meditation that can be practiced anywhere and will leave your body more relaxed and ready for the rest of the day.

Binaural beats meditation

Binaural beats meditations operate by playing two slightly different tones – one into each ear. They are usually disguised by music, natural sounds or anything else the author chooses. When your brain hears the two different tones, it is placed into a meditative state. The exact state will depend on the frequency of the binaural beats. You don’t need to worry too much about the science behind this, just know that it works. It’s fantastically simple and is the method I use personally to drop into a very deep meditative state just by listening to an MP3 file for 30 or 60 minutes.

Cosmic meditation

This has become popular in the UK as broadcaster Noel Edmonds attributes his recent come-back to the process. It is also related to the Law of Attraction, popularized by the movie “The Secret”. Cosmic meditation involves reaching a meditative state and then asking the cosmos to “deliver” something into your life. You send your intention to the cosmos (whatever that intention is) and then put your focus elsewhere whilst you wait for your intention to be returned to you. Cosmic meditation usually takes the form of a guided meditation and is sometimes also referred to as Cosmic Ordering.

Guided meditation

A guided meditation can be performed in person or by listening to an MP3 audio file. There are lots of pre-recorded guided meditations available on the internet and places like Amazon. They cover all sorts of topics from general relaxation through to healing and contacting your higher self. Guided meditations typically last between 20 and 60 minutes. You’ll normally start with a relaxation period to help you get the best from your meditation session and will then move on to the core of the session you’ve chosen. So if you’ve chosen a guided meditation to help heal your body, you’ll maybe be guided to fill your body with a bright white light or maybe some healing sand (which then drains out of your body, taking the toxins with it). Each guided meditation is different – find someone who’s voice is good for you to listen to and follow them!

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