Meditation Tips

Regular use of these meditation tips will improve your meditation.

  • The best time to meditate is in the morning before you begin your day or at the end of the day, but not right before you go to bed when you might be tired.
  • Make it a specific time each day, kind of like a formal practice. Initially, try meditating for just a few minutes and slowly add more time to your practice. Eventually, you will want to meditate for 20 minutes or more.

  • It helps to pick a specific room in your house to meditate in. We do not recommend meditating in the room that you work in. Using the same room every time you meditate, makes it easier for you to get into a meditative state.

  • Pick a place where you will not be disturbed. It is okay to have background noises, such as birds singing. You want the background noise to be relaxing.

  • Sit with your spine straight and your hands on your lap (with palms up preferably). Be comfortable.

  • Start by paying attention to your breath. Take long deep breaths and say to yourself the word “RELAX.” Say it a few times as you breathe deeply.

  • Take a long, slow deep breath in and then slowly exhale. Focus your attention on your breath going through your nostrils and then being exhaled through your mouth. Try to get into a rhythm with your breathing. We like breathing in to the count of four and then out to the count for four.

  • Ideally, you want to meditate with your eyes closed, but in the beginning you can keep your eyes open.

  • A good way to start is to focus your attention on a beautiful picture, a flower or candle. You can start by using the pictures on this page as focal points or watching the video below.

  • It is natural to wonder whether you are doing it right. There is no right way. Each time you meditate can be different.

  • The most important point in meditation is to refocus you thinking on your focal point when you find you are thinking about something else. The object of meditation is to let go of your outside reality and to get in touch with your inner self.

  • It is OK to glance at a clock to time the meditation. Don't use an alarm timer

    When done, take about a minute to slowly return to normal awareness. Slowly look around the room and stretch your shoulders, arms or chest.

  • We recommend spending a few minutes and viewing this video by Sakyong Mipham offered through Shambhala.org This site is a wonderful resource for programs on meditation.

    The video describes what happens when you start to mediate and how to deepen your experience by using your breath.


    Now that you understand what meditation is about - Get started with these free guided meditations

    Meditation Quotes Inner Peace Video (5 mins)

    Inner Messages Audio Meditation

    Guided Relaxation Video (10 Mins)


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