Before You Meditate
Take a shower before you meditate.
If you don't have time to take a shower or a bath, then wash your hands and face.
Water has a very pure consciousness. The subtle vibrations of water neutralize a great deal of the negative energy your body accumulates.
How long should you meditate? If you're very new to meditation maybe 15 minutes is fine. Set a minimum time.
If you meditate every day, after a little while, you'll find that the time will increase by itself. It won't be as hard. It'll feel good and pretty soon you'll be amazed at what you can do.
It is easiest to meditate by candlelight. During meditation, your eyes become sensitive. Candlelight is a soothing and natural light.
When possible, burn incense. Good incense contains aromatic oils that soothe your central nervous system. The fragrance of incense is beautiful.
Anything that you can do that will add to the beauty of your meditation experience will be helpful.
It's good to sit up straight when you meditate. you can sit in a chair. It's good to wear clean loose clothing when you meditate. You can meditate naked, if that's what you are into.
Sit on your rug in a cross-legged position. If you find it more comfortable, sit in a chair. The important thing is to sit up straight.
Don't meditate lying down. Your body will relax too much and your attention will waver. You may feel comfortable, but you won't meditate well.
It's a good idea when you meditate to avoid eating for a few hours before; otherwise you just feel your body too much. If you are very hungry though, you should have something to eat because otherwise you will just sit and think of food.
If you are very hungry, drink some fruit juice or eat something very light.
Wear loose and clean clothing. Otherwise you will be uncomfortable.
If you seek the realms of light, the best thing to do is to meditate with love and the gentle aliveness. Meditation should not be forced.
Whenever you expect something from a meditation, you set yourself up for
It is a good idea sometimes before you start a meditation to chant a mantra. A mantra is a powerful word. It creates a powerful force. It starts the kundalini moving.
Chant the mantra “Aum”, or a favorite mantra, seven times. Chanting a mantra to start your meditation makes it easier to enter into a high and pure state of consciousness.
If you have a Spiritual Teacher, then think of your Teacher at the beginning of your meditation. Your teacher is your mantra. Repeat your Teacher's name several times.
When you think of an Enlightened Teacher, you contact them inwardly. An Enlightened Teacher is light. When you focus on them, that light physically enters into you. The Teacher will teach you how to meditate from within.
You can meditate directly on God, on a Spiritual Teacher who is no longer in the body, or on a Cosmic God or Goddess. Do whatever works best for you. Be creative.
If you have been meditating for a month or two, meditate up to half an hour. After six months or a year meditate 45 minutes, twice a day.
Sit for a period of time. If you are a beginner 15 minutes; after a while, a half hour, then 45 minutes maybe after a year or two. Eventually bring it up to an hour, hopefully twice a day.
Once you are sitting for an hour, there is no rush to get to that point, you will just find that it is happening - then what you want to do is work on overcoming thought, not increasing the time.
Don't program your meditation. Sit and enjoy it.