Learn To Meditate and Meditation Techniques

Meditation is one method which can help reduce the stress levels of a person. By calming the mind and giving the person a sense of control over things, the things that are considered threats (the things which cause stress) become easier to manage.

Meditation is perhaps most closely linked with Buddhism, and indeed it was the main practice through which its founder, Gautama, finally gamed enlightenment. Buddhism has defined many stages of meditation that are practiced in order to achieve the ultimate level of purifying the mind and clearing away of all thoughts and mental images.

The idea behind meditation is really very simple. Doing it well, however, can be difficult, and mastering it may take many years. To learn how to meditate, you simply pay attention to a chosen point of focus - a mantra, a holy word, a prayer, the breath, or whatever - and whenever you realize you've been distracted (which can be often), you refocus.

One of the aims of meditation is to attain a state of 'no thought'. Unfortunately, the moment you realize you have attained it, it is over. In some meditation training using the following technique, you are assigned a person-specific mantra word by your trainers that is to be kept secret. So, for the purpose of this instruction we will use the word 'OM'.

Meditating with your eyes closed is fine, but make sure the room is brightly lit to ensure that you keep your brain alert. Meditation means that you are relaxed as if you were sleeping but your consciousness fully awake and alert.

It is like playing a video of the event, on that screen on the inside of the forehead, the mind's eye, from the beginning of the situation through to the perfect outcome for you. Should any doubts or negative images creep into your "video", push them away and replace them with positive ones. Keep this realistic, and base it upon real information from your past.

Once you've found your quiet place, you need to start to relax. One of the easiest ways I've found is to relax each part in the body in turn. Starting with your feet and working your way up to your head, slowly relax each part of your body. Then keep that part relaxed whilst you start relaxing the next body part.

While meditating, if some kind of noise breaks your concentration then you do not need to give up. You should deal with it and try to get back to the meditative state in a short period of time. You do not need to think that once your meditation breaks, you will have to start from the start.

The power of the human imagination is vast and harnessing this powerful force is what makes guided meditation so effective. The individual envisions predefined scenarios as instructed and these mental images produce a deeply meditative state.