Learning how to meditate is one of the most difficult, yet ultimately one of the most rewarding practices you can undertake. Although many people initially learn to meditate as a simple way to relax and decrease stress, meditation often becomes a lifelong practice. Take it from me, there is nothing that will enrich you more than learning to meditate.
The most important factor in learning how to meditate is setting up a regular practice. Good breathing is important. Sitting in the right posture is important. But neither of these factors are nearly as important to how to meditate as having a good space and time that is your own. If you want to learn meditation, it is better to practice in the same quiet, solitary location at the same time for 10 minutes each and every day than to practice meditation for three hours once a week. Meditation, after all, is all about regulating and relaxing your thoughts. Before you can learn how to meditate, you need a place where you feel safe, a place that is set aside every day for the sole purpose of meditating.
From there, there are many approaches to how to meditate. For me, I prefer the simple techniques for learning meditation. The very first thing that you must do is learn to focus on your own breath. This may sound simple, but it is not easy. You cannot learn how to meditate until you can learn how to direct your focus inward, and this part alone can take years. Nonetheless, you do not need to master meditation before you start to feel the benefits. They will start almost immediately. Although the rewards of knowing how to meditate are inexpressible, just studying meditation itself will greatly increase the quality of your life.
If you want to know how to meditate, it is crucial that you find a teacher.
Meditation books, meditation CDs, and meditation videos can all help you get started, but a teacher is indispensable if you want to make any progress in learning how to meditate. Fortunately, almost every major city has several schools of meditation operating within it. You can learn how to meditate from a student of Buddhist meditation, transcendental meditation, or one of many other schools. Although there is a lot of disagreement about what school is the best, any of them will give you great benefits. From there, it is simply a matter of learning what works for you.