Discovering Techniques on How to Meditate - Sit Back, Rest, Relax, and Become Stress Free
Meditating is not complicated. It simply requires getting your mind into a quiet state of relaxation where the endless chatter of thoughts has calmed and eventual turned quiet. One reason mantras work in aiding meditation is because they give the mind a focus and allow it to do something in repetition until it becomes so natural that the mind forgets it is doing it. Mantras are not magic in themselves. Any word will do. Just repeat something over and over and eventually the repetition will place you in a state of meditation.
Some people prefer to meditate using visualization. This is just another method of reaching the same state. It is helpful for those who are more visually oriented. Visualization entails visualizing a peaceful scene and then placing yourself in that scene and allowing it to soothe you into a meditative state. The end result is the same. You can find many books out there teaching techniques on how to meditate in a style that is easy for you. Personally I like guided sleep meditations as a way to end the day and prepare myself for a restful nights sleep, releasing the stresses of the day.
If you have trouble meditating then do buy a tape of guided meditations. You can also download meditation scripts that you can record yourself or have a friend, and then play the tape while you relax. It is so pleasant to follow along as someone guides you into the deepest state of relaxation. This is the only way that will work for some people. The important thing is to concentrate on the voice and quiet the mind from its endless series of ruminations. If you can do this then you will eventually reach the state of deep relaxation as intended. It is no wonder that meditation and holistic healthcare are becoming mainstream forms of wellness care. I wonder how soon it will be before you find yourself relaxing away your stress and enjoying life's treasures.