Ok, so you’re probably a beginner if you’re wondering how to meditate properly, but virtually everybody who begins meditating will at some point wonder, sooner or later, if they are doing it right. There is no one ‘proper’ way to meditate but there are some useful techniques and pointers that are very helpful for your practice.
I’ve kept all the information here simple and practical for easy application, so let’s cover the basics of exactly how to meditate properly.
How To Meditate Properly – 4 Easy Steps
How to meditate properly can be a matter of opinion, but sitting up and keeping a straight back is usually best. At first it seems like a lot of effort when trying to relax, but keeping your back straight actually places less stress on your spine, which will be more comfortable over the duration of your meditation. It just takes a bit of getting used to. It also allows all your internal organs to align in their correct positions, as opposed to sitting ‘hunched up’. But if you do find sitting up just too uncomfortable then you can try laying down flat.
Your eyes may be open or closed – different disciplines of meditation (e.g. Raja Yoga meditation, Zen meditation, etc.) encourage one or the other but it is best if you try both and choose whichever you prefer. Or you can alternate between the two at different times.
When learning how to meditate properly many people have concerns about what they should be thinking whilst meditating. It can be very hard to stop ones thoughts racing, let alone to think “nothing”, so what to do?! This confusion is perhaps one of the most common reasons that people stop meditating, but don’t let it stop you, because essentially it does not matter what you think; just “allow your thoughts to happen”. Thoughts will come and go; sometimes you can practice pushing them away and other times you can just try to ‘observe’ them.
4. Daily Practice
The most important thing to remember about how to meditate properly is to do it every day! You may not experience dramatic results right away (although if you use the meditation program mentioned above you’ll likely experience results more quickly) so it’s important to give yourself time to develop in the practice of meditation. Bear in mind the Advantages Of Meditation and remember that these will come with diligent practice over time. And I can assure you they are well worth the effort!
How To Meditate Properly – HACKED!
One thing that helped me greatly when I first started meditating was The Meditation Program, which uses “binaural beat” audio technology to help you train your brainwaves. It’s an audio (download or CD) that plays slightly different frequencies into the left and right ears producing a third frequency which your brain automatically follows. By listening to these deep alpha, deep theta and upper delta frequencies your mind quickly replicates states of deep meditation.
Of course it’s no substitute for a ‘meditation lifestyle’, but I found it very useful to help ‘train my brain’ into relaxation and learn how meditation can and should feel. It does cost, and unfortunately it’s not cheap, but it’s extremely useful. You can learn more about it here if you’re interested.