How to Meditate

How to MeditateYou could choose to take a transcendental meditation class, pay the $1,500 to get your own personal mantra, or you could skip all that nonsense and just start meditating today without spending a cent.

The first and perhaps most important element of meditation is to find a quiet and comfortable place where you can meditate. This could be at home or the office, or even in your car. You just want it to be a quiet area where you can relax.

To begin meditating, you’ll want to first close your eyes. If it helps, focus on a relaxing color so you’re not thinking of anything else in your life that could overtake the meditation. Brendan Schaub of The Fighter and The Kid podcast said he thinks of the color white, as it’s a relaxing color to him, and concentrating on the color will help to prevent your thoughts from drifting.

If you find thoughts about life creeping into your meditation time, brush those thoughts aside. Tim Ferris suggests to direct all your thoughts at your breath. Focus on the air as you inhale through your nose, and again as you exhale. Repeat this to keep your mind clear.

You may find that time slips away quickly when you’re meditating, which is why it’s important to set an alarm to notify you when your time is up. The commonly suggested amount of time to meditate is about 20 minutes or so. I’d suggest choosing an alarm that isn’t as jarring as what you would typically choose at any other time. Most phones have a wide range of tones and chimes to choose from, so pick something on the quiet and soothing end of the spectrum rather than something loud and obnoxious.

It may take a few tries before you can truly relax and obtain the many benefits of meditation. The key thing is to stay with it, turn meditation into a routine, and practice it each day. You may find that meditation grows to become an important part of your day.