Meditation is a simple and effective way to create peace, joy, harmony and manifestation in your life. It has been practiced for centuries by students of many traditions, and there are as many forms of meditation as there are colors in a rainbow. A simple way to start meditating is to follow the steps below.

1. Sit comfortably in a quiet place. Make sure you have at least 15 minutes of quiet, undisturbed time to sit – early in the morning is best. Feel free to sit on the ground, in a chair or anywhere you find comfortable. You do not need to sit in the lotus position, just any position you find comfortable.

2. You may want to sit with a lit candle, burning incense or a fountain to improve your meditation. You may also want to burn some incense or botanicals like lavender to help you relax.

3. Once you have set up your space and are sitting quietly, close your eyes. Feel the breath moving in and out of your body, but don’t try to force the breath or breathe on purpose. Instead, feel your body breathing by itself.

4. If thoughts come into your mind, let them simply pass through. Here is a metaphor that will help: Imagine that you are sitting on the shore of a river watching boats go by. The boats are the thoughts that come into your mind. Every now and then, you will get so fascinated with a particular boat that you will want to
jump on board and investigate. This is what happens when your thoughts carry you away from your quiet place on the shore. When you notice that you have been carried away by one of your thoughts, just return to your quiet place on the shore and notice your breath again.

5. If you have great difficulty being interrupted by your thoughts, you can also meditate with your eyes open, focusing on a candle flame or on the smoke from your incense burner. Sometimes having a visual focus will reduce the internal chatter from your mind. The sound of a fountain, which is irregular and difficult for your mind to follow, can also help.

6. Sit for at least 15 minutes in this quiet meditation, or longer if you desire. The length of your meditation is not as important as the consistency. It is better to do a shorter meditation daily than to do longer ones sporadically.

7. Do not judge the results of your meditation by how peaceful or disruptive it was. It’s the effort to reach a place of inner quiet that matters, regardless of whether you actually reached total quiet. Even a session filled with thoughts and efforts to return to inner quiet can be effective. The results of your meditation will appear in your daily life – during daily encounters and events. You will find, over time, a new sort of
peace and inner quiet in dealing with all of life’s events and people. Most of all, enjoy your time of meditation. It is time you are devoting to your own inner development. The more you develop your inner life, the more your outer life will  flourish and grow.