There are many meditation techniques. Here are some simple suggestions
for how to meditate.
There are many ways to sit for meditation. The simplest one is to
sit on a chair. Pay attention to your back: don't slump against the
back of the chair, stay as straight as possible without straining.
Let your hands rest on your lap. Close your eyes gently, so your gaze
is turned inward.
Breathe slowly, and feel the breath going through your body. As you
feel the breath, let go of any tensions you notice. When you feel
tension during your meditation, breathe into it and let go of it.
Observe your breath:
A simple meditation practice consists in paying attention to your
breath as it goes in, and out of, your nose.
You can also count your breaths: "1" as you inhale, and
exhale. "2" with the next breath... After "10",
you go back to "1": the object is not to count to a high
number, you're just counting to remain focused on the breath.
Observe your mind wandering:
Observe how, even with the best of intentions, your mind wanders.
Thoughts come in. You lose track of counting your breaths. This is
OK. Just notice it, and gently refocus.
Sit for 15 minutes:
Plan to have an alarm ring in 15 minutes. This will probably feel
like an eternity to you. You may feel resteless during the meditation:
"Are we there yet?", "Is the alarm malfunctioning?
It should have rung a long time ago." Over time, as you feel
more comfortable, you will probably want to experiment with longer
Do it regularly:
Meditatation "works" when you do it. Most importantly, it
has a cumulative effect over time. As you meditate, you become more
familiar with the inner chatter in your mind, and more able to connect
to yourself beyond this chatter. As a result, you feel more present
in life. So it is a good idea to practice regularly, at least a couple
of times a week.
Wonderful, indeed, it is to subdue the mind, so difficult to
subdue, ever swift, and wandering, wherever it desires. A tamed mind
Buddha, The Dhammapada
The practice of meditation is an integral part of Buddhism beliefs.
However, meditation need not have a religious significance. Many people
enjoy meditating for peace and serenity. In any case, meditation develops
concentration (being focused) and mindfulness (being aware).