Meditation is sort of like sleeping or smoking weed-it distracts you from thinking about any dis-ease in your reality. When you meditate, you practice the feelings of peace, love, and letting go, making it easier to feel those things in your daily life. Here are some tips for beginning your own meditation practice.
Practice passive meditation for 15 minutes or less
Sitting still and breathing deeply is the simplest form of passive meditation. I use the free iPhone app Equanimity as a timer. Quiet your mind by counting to 10 during each inhalation and exhalation. Keep focused by gazing at a candle flame.
There is no need to spend more than 15 minutes a day in passive meditation because life was meant for living, not sitting! I used to think I would have to become a monk and meditate all day to be happy, but now I realize that life is much more fun when I'm actively creating with positive thoughts, not just stopping my negative thoughts.
Practice active meditation as often as you can
Active meditation includes physical activities that rely on trusting your body to know what to do so your mind can enter the state of consciousness known as flow. When you are in flow, you are like a blade of grass. The blade of grass knows how to grow but doesn't have to think about it.
Running, walking, playing with skill toys like Astrojax, knitting, or any other physical activity that feels naturally good to you without putting much thought into it are all great ways to actively meditate. The more you practice the feeling of flow, the more effortlessly the rest of your life will flow.
Make peace with distractions
Some days, you won't be able to focus. You won't hit that sweet spot of delicious spacing out. You won't see meditation as a boundless sea of creativity or love. And it will annoy you. Accept that this is part of the process. When you have distracting thoughts, or you feel sleepy, just be cool with it. Don't get pissed at yourself because you're not doing it right.
To overcome distraction, focus on your breathing, or repeat a chant to yourself over and over, like "om". Tell yourself you don't have to think about that distracting thought right now, that you'll come back to it later. Picture the thought flying away from your mind.
Give yourself options
Sometimes meditation will seem boring. It's good to switch it up to keep it interesting. Try meditating at different places, especially outside. Or try guided meditations, like Abraham-Hicks' Getting into the Vortex guided meditation CD.
You can also try meditating with friends, or listening to white noise with ping pong balls on your eyes.
Do it because it feels good
The whole point of meditation is that it usually feels really good. Meditating regularly will attract more good feeling experiences into your life.