For most people the first step in meditating is to create a setting of peace and quiet.
Every one of us has an place they find peaceful. It could be your back yard, with grass and trees around you. It could be your bedroom, with your curtains blowing in the breeze.
It might be your office or study area, surrounded by books and the smell of parchment, it may be along a stretch of water.
You can light candles or incense if you want, to help you with a feeling of serenity. Wear loose clothing, and sit on something comfortable.
Turn off the phone's ringer. If it's noisy outside, put on some quiet, soothing music to blur out the outer sounds.
Meditation as a personal stress-reduction technique can be practiced in solitude or in the midst of a crowd. Sitting at a desk at school or work, as well as on the meditation cushion at home can serve as a time-capsule of refreshment in the midst of 'busy-ness'.
The silence within that is gained in moments of calm thought and even breathing carry over into ideas and events that follow meditation time.
Every task begins with the first steps, and with meditation a first step is to give yourself an environment in which you have the best possible ability to meditate well.
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer