Meditation is a vast subject with many gurus, spiritual leaders and teachers offering a variety of techniques. The variety of meditation techniques as people can choose the type of meditation suited to their specific needs.
The most common type of meditation propagated by leading spiritual leaders and personality development experts is mindfulness meditation. Also called still meditation, this type of meditation can be done anywhere following 5 simple steps.
For those who are serious about gaining from their meditation practice, it is recommended to choose a private spot where they are unlikely to be disturbed. Ensure the space you have chosen is not cluttered. Clean up the area and get it ready for your daily meditation. The spot could be your favourite space in the garden, a corner in the veranda or on your bed.
In order to get your mind to calm down and remain mindful, it is imperative to be seated in a very comfortable position. You may find various recommendations such as sitting in a lotus position, sitting in certain yoga postures and so on. While the intentions behind these recommendations cannot be questioned, the bottom line is that the person who is meditating must choose his or her own comfortable posture. If sitting on a chair is comfortable for you, do just that. For me, sitting cross legged on a mat is very comfortable.
After you find a comfortable posture, take deep breaths until you feel your mind calming down.
Pay attention to your breath, the flow of thoughts in your mind and any discomfort or movement anywhere in your body. Observe your feelings and rising of emotions if there are any. With practice, you will be able to do this without breaking focus. Meditating regularly will clear the debris of thoughts and eventually you will start gaining glimpses of your inner radiant self. To reach a deeper, higher consciousness it is necessary to remain committed to your daily meditation practice. If you have the time, you can gradually increase the duration of practice.
It is important to take time to end your meditation. Gradually become aware of your physical presence. Notice all movement and noises around you and notice reactions in your physical body if any. This process takes around 30 seconds. Get accustomed to your surroundings by opening your eyes gently. Never end your meditation abruptly as this may lead to a feeling of imbalance. A good way to end your practice is with gratitude for all the good things you enjoy in your life.