There are many ways to practice meditation. If you are new to this I always recommend guided relaxation meditation. It is easy to learn (just close your eyes and follow the voice), it's very relaxing and it's perhaps one of the most economical way to unwind. More importantly, when we are mindful and happy, we are less likely to engage in self sabotaging behavior such as overeating or binge drinking.
Let me ask you a question. How many self help books do you own? 3? 5? 10? While most of us feel the excitement after reading inspirational books, our passion seems to fade away after a few weeks. Before we know it, our bad habits and laziness are back. We go back to our default mode, and use the same excuses that keep us from achieving the wonderful life that we really deserve. Does this sound familiar?
That's why I think guided meditation tapes, CDs and MP3s are so awesome. Unlike in person meditation programs, we can replay the lessons and listen to the positive messages again and again. The repetition allows us to imprint the positive messages on our mind.
Here are some of the basics of meditation.
In Eastern monasteries where meditation is taught, students are expected to sit upright, in the lotus position. Most advanced meditators found that sitting in the lotus position help them to concentrate and the position is able to stimulate the pelvis, spine and abdomen. It also stretches the ankles and knees. For relaxation meditation beginners, any comfortable position is fine.
Pay attention to your breathing. To help your body quiet down and enter into a deep meditative state you need to breathe slowly and deeply. As you inhale, imagine you're taking all the good things in life. Expel negative thoughts and feelings as you exhale.
Our bodies need water to function properly. Before you meditate, make sure you drink enough water to improve concentration. Fresh juices, tea and lime water are fine too.
Lighting and environment
If you meditate outdoor, make sure where you sit is safe for you to close your eyes and completely relax. If you meditate indoor, an airy room is preferable. Dim lighting and scented candles aid relaxation. Some soft background music is okay, leaving the TV on is not.
Guided meditation is a great way to help you relax, most online meditation class and CDs only cost a few dollars per week. The benefits are immediate and dramatic. Try this ancient art of relaxation free today - download our free, 10-minute guided meditation.