I use the towel under one of my knees for comfort, but some forms of meditation recommend draping it over one’s lap. The most common meditation technique, and the cornerstone to any meditation practice (and to LIFE), is MINDFULNESS MEDITATION.
GUIDED MEDITATION is a good way to get started if you aren’t comfortable sitting in absolute silence.
FOCUSED MEDITATION refers to an infinite number of methods which focus your attention on a certain thing. As well as traditional forms of meditation, the Lotus position is also used in yoga which itself is a physical form of meditation.
I tell myself it’s because I talk about it a lot (and Share stuff about meditation quite frequently), but it might also be because all the people who knew me Before Meditation wonder what happened to the high-strung, neurotic, moody, bag of stress that used to be me. Mindfulness refers to being completely present in the current moment, and this is often achieved in meditation by focusing on one’s breath.
In GUIDED MEDITATION, you listen as someone guides you through healing or positive or reflective thoughts, often by using nature scenes as a visual.

COMPASSION MEDITATION is a form of meditation in which you breathe in through the nose (some practitioners actually tell you to visualize breathing with your heart when doing COMPASSION MEDITATION), and exhale compassionate thoughts. Instead you could try the Half Lotus where only one foot is rested on you thigh and the other foot is placed underneath the alternate knee.
Every Thursday at 7pm I’d take the kids to the center where we would sit for a half an hour (they gave us a brief introduction to meditation, sitting postures, etc. It allows me to customize the settings, and even allows me to split up my sit into sections (in case you want to take a break partway through or change your meditation from, say, a mindfulness meditation to a compassion meditation).
You can find GUIDED MEDITATIONS for everything (healing, calm, creativity, etc.) on iTunes and pretty much everywhere else. It requires no special equipment (although a good cushion is helpful), is completely free of charge, and requires no special knowledge (though you may find yourself seeking out knowledge as meditation becomes a bigger part of your life).
I think guided meditations are a good place to begin meditating, but I encourage you not to rely on them too long.
Studies have proven that there are tangible health benefits for people who practice COMPASSION MEDITATION for fifteen minutes a day.

If you’re not in the mood to do MINDFULNESS MEDITATION (or if your mind is particularly jumpy due to a specific problem), just inhale what you need (the Universe has it in abundance) and exhale what is harming you or holding you back. The really amazing thing is how this sense of calm seeped into my life even when I wasn’t meditating. I have bad knees, and the firm zafu helps keep me up off the platform high enough that my knees don’t bother me.
Meditation fills the reservoir, so that even when I’m not meditating, my reactions to everything are calmer. I’m drawing from the reservoir of stillness that builds up through meditating, and it makes all the difference.

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