The desire to reclaim oneís inner peace is a reason many people begin to meditate. For others, it is a desire to go within to commune with their Source. Either way, here are some ideas to begin.
To prepare for your meditation practice
At home - set aside a place special place. It doesnít have to be a whole room. At different times in my life I have used a corner of my bedroom and put a folding screen around the area. I used a pillow for sitting and an upturned carton with a small table cloth cover. Then I placed a vase of flowers, a book of inspiring verse and a candle on my little table. When I was behind my screen, it was a retreat from the cares of the world.
Pick a regular time of day for practice - I like to end my day by sitting quietly, reading an uplifting verse, saying a prayer, and talking over my day with my Higher Self or God or what ever name you have for your Source of wisdom and comfort.
Some easy ways to meditate
Even breathing practice - take a breath in counts 1, 2, then breathe out counts 3, 4; breathe in counts 1, 2, then breathe out counts 3, 4 and continue for about 5 minutes. Follow this even breathing with appreciations for the people in your life and think of at least one way to do another a good turn the next day.
Candle gazing - tratak - sit on your cushion facing your little table and do the even breathing while watching the candle flame with half closed eyes; donít strain. If you feel like it, close your eyes after a few minutes. Finish your tratak with the appreciations described in the previous paragraph.
Out on the street or at work or school - on a momentís notice when feeling upset begin your even breathing technique and continue a few rounds till you regain your composure.
After some practice, enjoy your growing sense of peace!
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