If you’ve heard about the benefits of meditation but need help getting started, these suggestions will get you going in the right direction. The following guidelines will help you establish a meditation practice that you’ll be sure to find rewarding. Read up on the many different types of meditation, including the philosophies behind each kind of meditation. Most people benefit from a weekend-long meditation retreat or an evening at a local meditation center where you can participate in group sessions and hear lecturers. If you engage in group meditation, listen to a lecture, or try a weekend of the practice, you’ll enter your daily private practice with greater knowledge and conviction. @@AMAZONWIDGET;meditation books;1000@@. To get the most out of your meditation practice, spend time setting up a special spot. If you can, set aside a room or a corner of a room for the sole purpose of meditating. Ideal spots are sunrooms, home offices, or a corner in your bedroom. Choose the colors for this space carefully, as color influences mood significantly. Invest in a prayer rug and meditation pillows to support you comfortably. Purchase an egg timer so you’ll always be able to enjoy your meditation without the distraction of worrying about the passing of time. Depending on what type of meditation practice you wish to pursue, you may want to invest in music or tuning bowls. You may also wish to purchase a scented candle or incense to enhance the experience. Some people like to set up an alter upon which they place significant totems such as religious statues, memorabilia, or pictures of significance. Arrange your meditation space in such a way that it makes you feel relaxed and in touch with your spiritual side. @@AMAZONWIDGET;meditation music;195208011@@. When you have an appropriate space set up, establish a commitment to a particular amount of time every day. Relax in a comfortable position and prepare to engage in your first meditation session. Open your practice with a session centered around honoring your breathing or a chosen mantra. Over time, you will see your focus improve, and soon you will wonder how you ever made it through the day without meditation.