How do I meditate?

Many people have told me that they don’t think they can meditate.  They have tried but it just doesn’t work for them.  I always begin by asking “Do you know the science behind meditation?”

Most people don’t realize that meditation doesn’t just happen.  A physiological shift in the body must take place in order for our minds to drop into a meditative state.  Hormones are secreted into the blood stream from the pituitary gland that helps to slow brainwaves.  As we control our breathing the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in, the part of your nervous system that helps you to relax, to let go.  Less cortisol will pump through your blood stream.  Your brain will move from beta waves to alpha waves. Your mind will get quiet.  You are meditating. Stay with it and remember, it’s not about you controlling your thoughts. Meditation helps you so that your thoughts no longer control you.  In meditation we learn to observe our thoughts, not think them.

All this can happen if we understand where to focus our eyes, how to control our breath and what posture to take.  I invite you to experience some of the guided meditations that are found under the link “watch” (below, right)  to help you create this physiological shift within and really learn to meditate.