Your breathing is one of the easiest things to concentrate on during meditation. You find hyper expensive meditation programs, CD’s with whale and dolphin sounds, chanting Indians, Mongolian overtone-singing and who knows what else. During this illness however, meditation turned out to be a very crucial, life saving technique for me. It also gave me a chance to start working on my lifelong problem of not being able to focus on the task at hand.
This is not as easy as it sounds, remember those 50,000 thoughts a day, thoughts will be sneaking when one is released to try to full the stillness. That is, Meditation has numerous purposes to do with people and people are doing it and getting benefited. Even if we focus on technological solutions to meditation in our Google search (usually sound technology), we still find a jungle of different companies selling all types of CD’s, MP3’s and devices for meditation, all claiming to be the best.
This is because several thoughts, problems and bad memories keep hitting their mind. When meditating, a person learns to take slow even breaths that come through diaphragm. In the beginning stages of meditation a true peace may be experienced but only elusively. Continue this process for a period of ten minutes each day, till you are able to visualize the object without distraction.
Taoists meditate from a place of stillness and emptiness, Zen meditation often centres around the teaching of the Buddha, Christ went into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights in order to fast, meditate and commune with God. You can have candles lit, incense burning, as the smell can help relax you and if you like some soft calming music, but make sure there are no lyrics to the music or you will end up signing along in your head instead of meditating.
Make it a sacred space and time where you can dedicate yourself to your meditation practice. For a couple of minutes I let the thoughts pass by randomly without any resistance. The first step in this meditation process is to find a comfortable place to sit and close your eyes.