Keeping things as easy and practical as possible usually makes them easier to apply, so I’m not using any esoteric or specialized language or ideas here (e.g. “the journey of the soul to connect with the supreme power” or “you will discover the treasure chest of zazen in your life” etc!). Things like that won’t really help you get to grips with the basics of meditation.
But these 3 simple meditation techniques will!…
#1 Simple meditation techniques
- Step 1 Sit in a comfortable position, either crossed-legged on the floor or on a chair with your feet flat on the floor. You may lie down if you prefer. Either way the most important thing is that your spine is straight.
- Step 2 It’s usually best to keep your eyes open and just rest your gaze gently on a single point in front of you. If you prefer to close eyes then you may do so, but be careful not to fall asleep as sleep is quite different from meditation!
- Step 3 Now focus all your attention and awareness on your breathing. Notice each gentle in breath and out breath. If your attention wanders then just bring it back to your breathing each time, again and again. Remain as still as you can, simply following each breath and consciously returning to it as you notice any thoughts arising. It may help if you count slowly with each out breath.
This is a Zen meditation technique. Do this every day for at least 15 minutes. Immerse yourself in the experience of the practice and begin noticing how you feel before, during and after your meditation and what thoughts you have.
#2 Simple meditation techniques
- Step 1 Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight.
- Step 2 Keep your eyes open and your gaze gently resting on a single point in front of you. Do keep your eyes open if possible so as to remain connected with the outer world.
- Step 3 Focus your awareness on a single point of light in the middle of your forehead. Imagine this is your soul; the very ‘essence’ of your life beyond your physical body. Imagine this soul is ever-lasting, ever-loving and was birthed in your physical body by choice and purely for playing in this world. Hold your awareness on these thoughts and their consequences for the duration of your meditation.
(Note: it is not important whether these ideas fit with your world view or not, it is just a technique to use to improve your life. However I would suggest that you approach any such technique with an open mind).
This is a Raja Yoga meditation technique. Start with at least 15 minutes practice each morning and increase the time as you feel comfortable to do so. Again, immerse yourself in it and notice how you feel before, during and after your meditation and what thoughts you have.
#3 Simple meditation techniques
This is perhaps the easiest of all simple meditation techniques ever! It is certainly an extremely valuable way to begin quickly experiencing the state of mind you enter whilst meditating. It also helps you to easily meditate daily… something that almost everybody who tries doing, stops doing!
- Step 1 Go to The Meditation Program and purchase the download or CD version.
- Step 2 Listen to it every day for 8 weeks… eyes open or closed, sitting, laying, walking, working. it’s up to you!
- Step 3 There isn’t one!
It really doesn’t get more simple than that! It’s not cheap but I can happily say that I’ve used this wonderful little program to great effect and I can highly recommend it.
There you go, 3 simple meditation techniques to get you going!