In today’s hectic world, learning to meditate can bring a sense of calm and inner satisfaction. The practice of meditation is a gateway into your inner consciousness, resulting in an enhanced awareness of your own existence and your overall relationship to the cosmos.

Whether you are looking to answer the age-old question, “Who am I and why am I here?” or simply to implement simple relaxation techniques meditation may just be the answer for you.

Although there are hundreds of established techniques how to meditate is really up to the individual. You can pick and choose amongst different schools of thought and find a technique that best suits your personality. However, although meditation has many different cultural contexts, there are certain general facets which transcend the bounds of any one specific culture.

According to Eastern philosophy, to meditate means to think on the eternal, or rather to expand your consciousness until you are at one with the cosmos as a whole. Transcendental emotions like grief, euphoria or even love can fade away, but the universe is forever. Eventually, with practice, learning to meditate can bring you in closer attunement with the very root and purpose of existence itself.

Even if you are not interested in the metaphysical implications of meditation, meditating has undeniable health benefits. Learning to meditate can have positive effects on stress induced illness such as heart disease and high blood pressure. In conjunction with traditional Western approaches to medicine, meditation can target the root causes behind stress-based conditions by calming and clearing the mind.

There are many relaxation techniques meditation incorporates. You can meditate sitting, standing or lying down, in a chair or on the floor. Learning how to meditate is not difficult. There are numerous programs online that can teach you the basics and help to get you started. These programs can guide you each step of the meditation process, provide tips on appropriate posture and teach you how to create the ideal setting for your meditation session.

Classic sitting meditation is one approach. All you need to do is sit on the floor in a comfortable position in a bright but quiet room. The purpose of meditation is not to fall asleep, but to relax and let go of everyday stress. As you become more skilled, you will begin to experience a greater sense of clarity and self observation. Next, breathe deeply and find a focal point or image to hold in your mind. This action will clear the mind and any lingering anxiety or worry.

Sitting meditation is but one of the more popular techniques how to meditate. You can break your session into periods of sitting and standing, incorporate chanting or mantras into your meditation or even dance (Cathartic Dance Meditation.)

With commitment and dedication, the calm and peacefulness that you experience upon learning to meditate will carry over to your everyday actions. More quickly than you can imagine, you will come to crave the sense of cleansing and tranquility that meditation can impart. Once you begin the practice, meditation will quickly become an intrinsic part of your daily routine.

Author's Bio: 

Jamie Lynn has dedicated herself to teaching others the Power of Meditation and other alternative health/healing tips and technique for the mind, body and spirit!