Easy Meditation Techniques
by Curt Remington
You’ve probably heard that meditation is good for you. In fact, it’s very good for you. If you don’t meditate now, you may be one of the countless people that believe meditating is difficult, requiring you to sit still and blank all thoughts from your mind. That would be very difficult, but relax. Meditation can be quite easy. An easy technique is to find a focal point to slow that stream of thoughts that tends to race through our heads. Doing this allows your mind and body to relax, and the relaxation can carry well beyond the time that you spend meditating. This is a wonderful way to reduce stress. Most health issues are related to stress, so this is can go a long way to improving your health.
Another reason people put off meditating is that they don’t have the time. I can relate to that, but meditators tend to have more energy, think more clearly, and experience more happiness. Meditation can be absolutely blissful, if you’ve put it off because it sounds boring. Believe me, it’s a wonderful experience and well worth your time!
Hopefully you’re convinced that you should meditate. Now we just need to find an easy way to do it.
Simple Ways to Meditate
There are all sorts of easy ways to meditate. You might try a few and see what works best for you. In my book, Simple Meditation, I’ve got a chapter devoted to connecting with nature, and 4.5 years ago, I wrote an article on Meditation to Connect with Nature describing focal points in nature that you can use to meditate on. This technique is as easy as sitting on a beach, listening to waves roll into shore.
Meditating at home can be this easy too. There are CDs with nature sounds, so you can bring the outdoors world in. Listening to soothing meditation music is another easy option, and there are CDs with embedded sound pulses that entrain your brain to reach an alpha or deeper theta brainwave state. What could be easier? Another advantage to meditation CDs is that they can drown out the barking dog across the street.
Maybe the easiest technique of all is as Adyashanti, author of True Meditation suggests, “let go of control and let everything be as it is.” This has worked for me and can be a wonderful method, but beginners may initially find it difficult to let go of their racing thoughts.
Of course this article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a simple breath meditation. For at least 2500 years, Buddhists have focused on their breath while letting go of other thoughts.
More Meditation Techniques and Visualization Exercises
Any of these methods will get you started, and they are all you need to let go of stress, improve your health and clear your mind. There are more techniques and visualization exercises you might wish to advance to for releasing emotional blocks, healing specific health issues, or for accessing your intuition or psychic abilities. These can be found in my book or in my meditations list. Whatever path you follow, meditation is well worth your time.