Of the easy meditation techniques that follow, the easiest by far is to use brainwave entrainment products. That is covered last, and requires buying a CD or an MP3 download. The first two are a couple of the most basic ways to meditate, and can be tried right now if the reader wishes.
Meditating on the Breath
The simplest, and often the first technique learned, is to release tensions and thoughts and concentrate on your breathing. You can do this in any comfortable position. The classic way is to sit with legs crossed, with each foot over the opposite thigh. This is difficult for some people, though, and just sitting in a normal cross legged position is fine. You can also sit in a chair if that works better for you. Finally, some people like to stand for meditation, especially if there is a quiet place with nice scenery available.
To start the meditation, you can let the tension go from your muscles. If this is not easy to do, try tensing the muscles up one group at a time (legs, then pelvic area, then stomach, chest, etc), and then releasing the tension. Breath deeply through your nose as you do this.
Close your eyes and let your thoughts go. In reality, this is almost impossible on the first or even the hundredth try, and that is why having a point of focus helps. In this technique that is the air moving in and out of your nostrils. Just pay attention to that and when your mind wanders gently bring it back to your breathing. You can start with purposefully long and deep breaths, but allow your breathing to settle into a comfortable pattern after a minute or two.
That is essentially the whole process. You can begin with five minutes of this, and work your way up to twenty minutes or more if you wish. Most people will feel more relaxed after a session of any length, and feel other effects (a quieter more focused mind, for example) after sessions that last at least ten minutes
Meditating on an Object
Meditation techniques that involve concentrating on an object can be essentially the same as the breath-watching meditation just outlined. The difference is only in the object of attention and the fact that your eyes will be open. A candle flame, a flower, or any other small object that can be placed in front of you will work for this. Other than that, just follow the steps from the technique above.
The Easiest of the Meditation Techniques
By far the easiest way to meditate is to use a brainwave entrainment recording. These use beats and sounds to guide your brainwaves into a slower pattern that brings you into a meditative state. All you have to do is put on the headphones and listen. If you listen laying down, though, you are likely to fall asleep, because this is a powerful technology.
Brainwave entrainment products are available as CDs or as MP3 downloads. The latter are becoming more popular because you can get them online a minute after you pay, and because you can easily bring your MP3 player anywhere you would like to meditate. Of all the various easy meditation techniques, this is by far my personal favorite.