8 Ways to Make Meditation Easy and Fun


“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” ~Robert M. Pirsig

I know meditation is good for me. I know it can do wonders for my mind, body, and spirit. I deeply desire having a daily meditation practice. Yet I can go months without meditating. I’ll think randomly, “I should really meditate sometime,” but when it comes down to it, I don’t.

My thing is this: I know meditating is good for me, and yet I don’t do it. I suspect I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I’ve read countless books on how to meditate. I have gone to so many meditation retreats and classes it’s not funny.

I know the meditation routines. I know the old staring at a candle flame one. I know the stilling your mind thing. I know the nose-breathing-in-and-out thing. I know about making your own visualization.

I also know that they feel like work. They feel like something I have to work at. It feels hard.

I know I'm not lazy. If you’re like me, I know you're not, either. It’s just that we haven’t found the right way of meditating for us yet.

Here are some ways to make meditation less of a chore and more like a fun, doable thing for you.

1. Try the 100 breaths technique.

This is a highly complex meditation technique!

I take 100 breaths. I count them. I try not to think about anything else.

Yup. It’s revolutionary. And it also really works for me. It gives my brain something to do (wee! counting!) while the rest of me is just hanging out, inadvertently meditating.

The lesson here is this: There are so many ways you can meditate. Explore them to find a way that’s really easy for you, and just do that.

2. Take a meditationap.

Be careful. This one is complex. Oh yes—it’s the love child of a meditation and a nap.

Lie down on a bed, couch, or sun lounge, or pile your (empty) bath with pillows and blankets.

Close your eyes and do nothing. Maybe you’ll fall asleep. Maybe you’ll have Zen inspiration. Maybe you’ll just happily float along. Either way, it will be sublime.

My favorite meditationap consists of a sun lounge, a blanket, an afternoon, and my ipod filled with lovely music. If Zen master meditation retreats consisted of this kind of meditating, I could totally do them!

The lessons here is: Meditation should be enjoyable. We only consistently do things we actually like doing!

3. Use the alarm clock meditation.

If 100 breaths isn’t going to cut it for you, set a timer for five minutes. Then meditate until the timer goes off. This way, you don’t have to wonder about how long it’s been, or how much longer you should meditate for. It’s like meditation on cruise-drive.

The lesson here is: Make your meditation as cruise-drivey as possible.

4. Get comfortable.

I started looking at things that annoyed me about meditation, the stuff that held me back from doing it. And one of the annoying things was this: I don’t like being uncomfortable.

I don’t think anyone does. And sitting cross-legged in lotus with a straight back and poised mudra fingers doesn’t spell comfortable to me. It spells pins and needles, sore butt, and achy back.

Maybe when I’m a woo-woo yoga guru master it won’t, but for right now, I’m not, and it does. So for me, it’s an exercise in getting comfy without falling asleep.

What this looks like for me is sitting in a comfy armchair inside, lying on a sun lounge on the back deck, or leaning against a wall outside. What comfy looks like to you might be totally different.

The lesson here is: Meditating isn’t an exercise in feeling uncomfortable. It’s a place of rest, stillness, and comfort. So get comfy.

5. Start small.

When I really, really need to meditate and I don’t feel like I have time, I make a little pact with myself. I say to myself, “Okay, we so don’t have to meditate for any pain-in-the-butt time at all. Let’s just do ten breaths.”

And my logical brain says:

“Ten breaths? You think I have time for ten breaths of meditation? Are you kidding me! I have stuff to do lady! We’re not on retreat you hippy!”

And I say, “Oh. I know you’re really busy. I really feel like I need this. You and me. Besides, it’s only for ten breaths.”

Logical brain: “Fine. But only ten. And I’m counting.”

And then we do our ten breaths and it’s nice. And we either stop there because we feel like we’ve refreshed just enough, or we keep going for another ten or twenty because it just feels so good.

The lesson here is: Start small. Everyone has time for 10 breaths. See what happens. It’s a little way of moving around resistances.

6. Make it a reward.

Meditation should be fun and easy, and it should feel good for you, not excruciatingly boring or painful. Work out the thing about meditation that makes it really, really useful for you. Not “I should meditate because everyone says so.” Not even an “I should meditate.”

Find a way that makes you think, “I want to meditate.”

Here’s the meditation pay-off for me:

Whenever I take 100 breaths, it’s kind of boring for the first half. But after that, it feels like nirvana. I don’t know if it’s a rush of oxygen to the head or just because I finally relax then, but whatever it is, the second half is good.

And it makes the beginning so very, very worth it. My little reward is the second-half release.

The lesson here is: Find your personal treat from meditating. And keep remembering it. Use it as a reward for getting yourself there.

7. Use help when you need it.

When I need extra help in meditating, I use CDs. They’re like my own little personal guides into sweet-calm-space.

Try out different CDs, guides, and meditation techniques, and see what works for you. And what works for you, make that the golden wisdom in your life.

The lesson here is: Don't think you have to go it alone. Everything's easier with a little support.

8. And most of all…

Remember that the reason you aren’t meditating right now is not because you are lazy. It’s because you haven’t yet found a way to meditate for you that is fun, easy, and comfortable for you. Find the way that does, and then it’s much, much easier.

Remove the annoying parts from meditating. Try out all the different ways you can to make it as lovely an experience as possible.

And remember: you are the expert on you. Find the wonderful things that work for you, and ignore the rest.

There are six billion paths to bliss, and your path is your own. Make it a happy one.

Meditation image via Shutterstock

About Goddess Leonie

Goddess Leonie is an incorrigible optimist, serial gigglesnorter & a fairy who is living her dreams in tropical paradise. She blogs & runs an online goddess circle at

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  • i totally concur with what you’re saying! thanks for sharing and hope to hear more tips from you on mediation. i’ll try to do what you’ve shared above and let you know the results!

  • Nelly

    Wow, amazingly useful post! Thank you so much – I also want, want, want to meditate, I know it is good for me, but somehow it’s TOO HARD… I even subscribed to a guided meditation class, and hope that would feel good. However, upon reading your post, I combined 2 things – the comfortable posture (my back has temporary problems and keeping it upright kills it all, indeed), and the 100 breaths technique (plus meditation music). Well, that worked miraculously! It was so “doable”, and then I felt so goooood, that I think I’d have the motivation to do it this way again, and again!

  • Debra

    Thank you for this!

  • Rhonda M

    This post is awesome! Thank you!

  • Sarah

    Thank You!

  • Rachel Woods

    HA!! So that’s why I can NEVER seem to find the time to meditate 😀 Thanks it has helped out a ton! Great post…

  • Christinamonroy

    Great article! Thank you so much for this. You have motivated me to try again!

  • Jennifer

    Great post, it makes me laugh a little bit – the reason I don’t meditate is because I just can’t calm down enough to sit still. How funny is that? I have a desk job. 😀

  • natsch

    “Meditating isn’t an exercise in feeling uncomfortable.”

    “it’s an exercise in getting comfy without falling asleep”

    I don’t directly oppose these statements but I think they reveal a pretty weird attitude about meditation. Meditation, in my view, is very much about finding comfort, or at least, contentment, within the things that make you uncomfortable. In my practice, once I got over the initial challenge of staying still, the real challenge is quieting my mind. The further I’ve progressed, the more the things that keep bubbling up are less distractions and more issues I’ve been dealing with for a long time. Through meditation, I confront these issues, and hopefully, learn to accept them. What I mean is, meditation is a practice of dealing with discomfort, which is very valuable. It’s kind of hard, and it’s supposed to be. I have no doubt that listening to a pleasant CD and lying down on a bed with your eyes closed is very relaxing, and I don’t want to criticize anyone who is just looking for a way to relax because there is value in that. But I don’t really consider that meditation.

  • It’s the first time that I read such an interesting article about meditation: good job!
    Almost every day I have to stay 1 or 2 hours on the train, so I’ve learned to relax myself, with meditating music in my Ipod, while breathing slowly and looking out at the landscape: It works! 🙂

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  • This is PERFECT. Like every Type A person, I long to meditate but I can barely sit still long enough for the dust to settle. I already figured out the strategy to set a timer or negotiate 10 breaths. All the other tips are so smart; I really appreciate your sharing them. Now if I can just detach from the outcome! Pam Picard

  • Thank you for this response, as it succinctly and diplomatically expressed what I felt after reading this list.

  • Dharmachic

    What follows is somewhat of a conversation via a friend and I through FB….I don’t want to post what she said because I didn’t ask her permission so I ad lib.

    ME: I think this is a sticky thing. This aversion is so very subtle – one of the many reasons being able to discuss these things with a teacher and the Sangha is good. We don’t like to meditate because our egoic mind tells us so many things about how it’s not so good, makes excuses about how little time we have, tells us we already know how to do it, that we don’t get much out of it, or whatever. They’re all just thoughts. This clinging to even this notion of making it “easy and fun” is still clinging and wanting control…this is still the small mind. Don’t intend to discredit her. Monks, lay people, practitioners have these “discussions/debates” all the time. I do totally understand what she’s saying through my own experience. Having to do some sort of trick really isn’t the answer even if it helps to get started with daily practice. In the end, this notion, this concept, also must be let go of to transform. This adversity is part of the mental phenomena Buddha spoke about at length. Yes, it’s easier with support…thus the sweet gem of the Sangha. Yes, we don’t do it because we’re lazy…we wouldn’t leave the house without brushing our teeth, why do we without meditating? “Removing the annoying parts from meditating”? Hm…can we really remove anything from our lives that’s annoying? Or is it acceptance? Starting with this builds confidence. Just doing it. Making it a habit, no magic trick, just noticing the strength of the big mind to make it not a big deal. When we do this we see how it changes our life…then you can’t not sit. 😉

    FRIEND: Makes a comment about this being for beginners and that it helps it’s good. She said a bit more but again, don’t want to post that without her permission.

    ME: Hm…Oh, I totally understand what she’s going for here but it’s very misleading (especially to those that are new to the practice of meditation) to involve concepts of this nature. I’ll explain: Yes, for …someone that hardly ever meditates these things can work and probably will. For how long? Then is it back to the guilt cycle all over again? Or is quitting then the option? Inventing something new for the mind to do? Her comments on what meditation “should/shouldn’t be” are faulty at best. Meditation is and can be boring, painful, etc… Starting out with these “shoulds” doesn’t help. This is the sticky part right? I’m not opposed to making meditation enjoyable at all. I actually like and have used some of her “lessons” in my own practice. Example: I love our altar, so enjoy incense, chant until I can’t chant anymore, even have the softest blanket ever to drape over my shoulders while doing it. It feels great! But not all the time. And while I’m not so concerned with what Buddha himself would think…the way she talks about it doesn’t address the small mind that continually searches and wants more/something from the practice. It’s very focused on being comfortable and getting started, I understand why she’s writing in this way…after all it’s on a blog, yes. Even for beginners though I think these are essential things to immediately address. This is very subtle, sticky, gooey ego stuff. The Heart Sutra says it best: “no attainment, and no non-attainment…no wisdom…and no path”. We so want to think there is attainment, wisdom, and a path! These 8 ways are standing on the same side of the illusory bridge, right next to stinky and hairy ego…the dualistic mind. The many pitfalls are deeply rooted early on and are often approached later as an “obstacle”. Cutting through that crap right away helps. The truth of the matter is that meditation is often the hardest “work” we may ever do albeit the most heart opening and essential to a joyful life. Another reader made a comment about this as well (perhaps I will too instead of writing to you about it ad nauseam)….she basically says that meditation is not about comfort. While I’m not into being uncomfortable at all she has understanding here. It is about accepting it, uncomfortable or not. I know the need to feel confidence with meditating very well. It’s very important and I am the loudest cheerleader I know when it comes to it…growing up how I did and all. And yes, sometimes “faking it until you make it” is key. Inquiring is important here, even with posts of this nature. I think it’s very odd for her to not mention the ego at all or how these things have the potential to conjure illusory confidence and create more obstacles.

  • Sj

    one needs to meditate on ones own terms – what feels good to them – there is no right way or wrong way to meditate- someone telling someone else that their way of meditating is wrong is just silly.
    It’s that attitude that deters people from meditating because they think there is some magical way of doing it.
    Great article!

  • Christina

    As a beginner who struggles with getting both body and mind to just sit down and shut up for a few seconds, this was incredibly helpful. I realize there’s more to it than that, but I can’t even get there if I can’t develop the habit. Thanks for the tips!

  • Nobodhi

    That’s interesting, with that same logic, one could meditate while on crack. I don’t think anyone here has told anyone that their way is the wrong way. There are however different methods. It is the ego that deters one from meditating. There really isn’t anything anyone can do to deter anyone. This “attitude” puts a heck of a lot of responsibility, and guilt, on those outside of oneself. Meditation is about looking inward, perhaps those that are caught in the web of blame towards the outside are not ready to sit with themselves in silence. If it is in their karmic path, they will find it eventually, if even not in this life. If one is meditating as a stress reduction program, well, then stress be relieved! If one is meditating with the aspiration to relieve all beings from suffering, or to wake up to this life, as Buddha did himself and many others have and still do, then these suggestions leave a lot more to discuss.

  • I love this. It’s honest and open. I find that I’m in the same boat. I should meditate every day, but I don’t. I get side tracked in so many silly things. I’m going to try the “10 breaths” approach. Thanks!

  • Juliet Humphreys

    Great article. Counting breaths is a brilliant idea – even I can manage that!

  • Rob Weber

    Interesting article though I am not in total agreement with some of the points. Meditation is about becoming aware of what your mind is doing, and it is both extremely simple and extremely complex at the same time. Meditation isn’t about “laying around and being comfortable”, and it is absolutely not about falling asleep. Like anything else in life, you have to put in the work and effort to reap the rewards. For me, once I become aware of my mind – the constant activity, and sometimes the pure craziness that went on just beyond the direct observation of my daily life – there was no turning back. That is the first step. I do understand the frustration – over the years I tried different books, programs, and one teacher. In the end I found something that worked for me ( – but I also realized that nothing would work until I was ready. Be ready, put in the work, and the reward will be beyond your wildest dreams. Meditating has literally changed my life. Good luck!

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  • Goddess Leonie

    Hi lovelies!
    Thanks so much for your comments…
    it’s been beautiful reading through all of them.
    If you’re already a meditator, that is absoloodely wonderful… it sounds like it has brought such huge blessings and awarenesses into your life.
    I guess my intention with this article is to make meditation as easy as possible to access for those who aren’t already… better a little bit of meditation than none at all, I say 🙂
    And so grateful that this has helped any soul out there!
    Goddess Leonie

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  • Andrew Peterson

    I love this, because I too struggle to get myself to meditate even though I am a psychotherapist and I regularly teach my own clients to meditate and encourage them to maintain a meditation practice of their own. In fact, my own struggle led me to write a book filled entirely with techniques for building fun – often even absurd – mindfulness practices into the nooks and crannies of our everyday lives. Thanks so much for spreading the word that meditation and mindfulness don’t hve to be dauntingly complex and demanding!

    Andrew Peterson
    author of “The Next Ten Minutes: 51 Absurdly Simple Ways to Seize the Moment”

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  • Thank you for this article! I heard Oprah say the other day, “Try meditating for one minute per day.” That stuck with me because I also know the benefits of it but haven’t been doing it. But I have started the one minute per day meditation at the end of the day. And low and behold, each day is getting longer and longer.

    At first i did it with my husband sitting next to me in bed and that didn’t work because he was freaked out by my Ujjayi breath (learned in yoga). He said I sounded like Darth Vader and that it was “weird”. Now I meditate while he is brushing his teeth so that I can be “weird” by myself! 🙂

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  • cld

    isn’t saying someone’s comment is silly the same as someone else saying the other’s method is wrong? the meditation ideas presented here are more like Bernie Siegel’s techniques to help healing. and, they work. how you meditate, i think, depends on why you are trying to. when i find a resistance to meditating i also ask myself why i don’t want to have an unlimiting experience. frequently, the answer relates to the answer to what am i afraid will happen if i meditate? i sometimes don’t find the answer which would be the most helpful insight to free myself but i can always remind and motivate myself when i think of the personal benefits as well as the broader benefits of connecting to an experience of inner fulfillment.

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  • I naturally pick up meditation about 25 years ago, without knowing what is meditation. The restless emotion or the “lazy emotion” that prevent you from meditating is actually what you have to meditate on. Its the ego self that is preventing you from going deeper, telling you that you are wasting your time, that you should sleep late rather to wake up 5am to meditate, because the ego self still want to call the shot! You must let go and meditate on emptiness. You must discard all concept of life, you must find a way to discard any concept that comes to your mind when it pop up and starting to give you suggestion. The more you throw out, the more your mind calms down, and the more you get deeper. Go to your emotion, feel your emotion, go back to your emotion, and meditate on it, it is emptiness. normally there are more than one emotion entangled together, break up anyone of them, it will disappear. One more thing, meditate on negative emotion. discard all negative emotion and you will end up having only positive emotion, you will then addicted to meditation. Then meditation is a way of life. To me meditation is managing your mind and emotion. Sometimes I meditate the whole day. Its a world you love to be. Clear samsara and you will experience inner peace, learn to discard your negative emotion and you get what i mean.

  • mmmmmyoga

    We can debate the finer points of what is or isn’t mediating. Or whether there is right or wrong ways to meditate (I would say there isn’t there are just different ways, for different people, for different reasons at different times). But here’s the thing – she is doing it!
    All the wonderfulness of sitting with the discomfort and getting to know yourself isn’t worth a thing if you can’t get your self to sit in the first place. This is no small feat!
    I think this post is a beautiful example of skillful means put into practice.
    Great job! and Thank you.

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  • Sara A.

    I really appreciated your input! You explained meditation’s purpose in a way that I needed in order to understand. Thank you!

  • averil

    Working as a nurse is very tough and stressful. Everyday is full of stress. I used to manage my stress by taking time to relax and eating a healthy food and of course, by doing the meditation. I also tried the Yuen method with Paul (YM practitioner) and I am impressed with his work and what the Yuen method can do. I experienced renewed strength and a sense of well-being that I have not felt before. I admit that before I tried this energetic healing, I don’t have a real understanding of how this happens. But the way I felt after the healing session, I am extremely grateful for my positive outlook and the quality of my life improved. So I make it a routine daily that I perform both the Yuen method and meditation. Here are some video resources with learning tips that demonstrate the benefits of energy medicine,

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  • Lakshmi

     I’ve been meditating for a while now, but i don’t understand how people reach this higher consciousness…how to get calmer, stop worrying and stuff like that. Would anybody care to explain please?

  • Bervyn

    “cross-legged in lotus with a straight back and poised mudra fingers doesn’t spell comfortable to me. It spells pins and needles, sore butt, and achy back.” – every single thing has to be ‘comfortable’, ‘feel good’, ‘do what you love’ right? No wonder there are so many broken, dysfunctional families in America.

    And a woo-woo yoga guru master? Could you sound more offensive? I like this blog- there are some good stuff in here but please, try not to take on such an nonchalant tone when it comes to something ancient and sacred like yoga. I don’t know what kind of a picture yoga masters in America project of themselves to the public still…. 

    PS: I am not anti-America.

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  • Ahwongsifu

    You can tell that I am not an Englishman but I try saying everything in one go. When you get to the center of yourself, you can “reprogram” your mind using concentration. Stay your clear mind on one particular topic and your mind will adsorb it and reply with wisdom. You will soon get to be who you are. All concepts arise from the ego, self cherishing I, me and mine are mistaken self, you have to discard them. You will soon realize that the mind is so self centred, selfish, without compassion, ego etc.You know why the sunrise is such a wonderful feeling? Because that is the feeling you get when you are without suffering or peacefulness. If you can throw out all the negative concept/suffering in life, you love everything else. Same as the blue sky, the river flow, the birds, the nature. If you could just discard the suffering of stress, you see life in its real nature. You love life so much more and you love the world and everything else in it.
    But why are some not getting into meditation, I think you have to try harder. There is so much to learn from you, yourself, in deep meditation that it will be a waste if you cant even communicate with yourself. One way you can discard your anger is to imaging it, try holding it, try going into it, feel it, be friend with it, it will soon break up to nothing. Then imagine it being drifted down a stream on a paper boat and a candle light in the most beautiful stream you can ever imagine. Something out of anger being adsorb into something most beautiful. What could it be then?

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  •  The way you have written here for easy meditation is really good. i liked it thank you.

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  • Cmagesh C

    thank u so much .tis is very useful for me.

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  • Jeffbeeson

    I agree that meditation is about being aware. But I use the meditate and/or nap method (as one part of my practice, along with sitting and walking) and I think it’s effective. If you end up napping, you needed the sleep. If you don’t, you have practice observing your mind when you are very sleepy – something that’s hard to do. You win either way.

  • searcher

    Ahwongsifu, I am intrigued by your personal philosophy on meditation.  Could you recommend some literature that you referenced as you first began to meditate?

    many thanks

  • Anianusree89

    really beautiful we should enjoy meditation

  • Suryanarayana Chennapragada

    Several setbacks in meditation are due to habitual patterns of thinking, talking and behaving. Any change in these entrenched patterns meets with conscious and unconscious resistance. The mind finds all kinds of excuses to prevent any change from the status quo. I can certify from my experience over last 9 years that ‘Focusing on breathing’ at bed time and immediately on waking up, both the times lying in the bed, eyes closed, is a simple strategy, to subtly reduce the resistance to change. Practicing this technique for a few weeks or months, lays a strong and sustainable foundation for meditation. I found that the focus on breathing can be dramatically enhanced by using the fingers to track the breaths. One mode is to use the tips of the fingers as described below.**** TIP MODE: Touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger. Breathe in and out three times, counting in the mind, every time you breathe out. During the first out breath count ‘one’, second out breath ‘two’ and during the third out breath ‘three’. Repeat the same steps at each of the next three finger tips. When you are at the thumb, place the tip of the index finger at the base of the thumb and breathe three times. Then switch to the other hand and repeat the same process. Continue practicing, switching the hands. You will feel its calming effect, by the time you complete 4 to 6 hands, which takes 2 to 3 minutes. You can use this mode, anywhere and anytime to avert potential stress or dissolve built up stress!****For five other modes of ‘focusing on breathing’ – Segment mode, Counting mode, Feeling mode, Staring mode and 911 modes, please visit this page have been using ‘focusing on breathing’ technique throughout the day, using one or more of the modes. During my daily meditation, initially, I count my breaths in sets of three and when the mind becomes less distracted I switch to my mantra. After about 9 years of meditation, and simple stretching, I now feel like I have a new mind and body!

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  • Thomaseshenbaugh

    I like the meditation techniques it definetely makes it easy. Thankyou.

  • Anthonyplusyou

    i like what the dude saidabout neh falling asleap asurtivly nice i get sleepy

  • Meditate

    I tried the 100 breaths technique and I did feel much calmer, thanks! Much love x

  • Leah

    Thank you so much for this article! It’s cool that so many people commenting have the dedication and ability to meditate the “traditional” way, but for me, meditation means getting my head into that other space, and it’s really hard for me to do that when I’m trying to make my body do things that it doesn’t want to do (like lotus position). I know a lot of people see it differently, but for me, meditation is a destination rather than a journey, so it doesn’t really matter how you get there. To each her/his own!

  • Vivek

    I really find Meditation has been totally misunderstood by the writer. Meditation is not a quick exercise, a quick breakfast or a quick sex. The author says set an alarm… most ridiculous thing that I have heard. Because, when you are meditating, it takes some time to really bring your mind to tranquility and calmness and just when things seem to have been settling down, why on earth would you want to be abruptly interrupted by an alarm clock?? By this article you are only trying to fit meditation into the people’s lifestyle by distorting the way it is done and thereby misleading the people… If you cannot talk yourself to meditate.. well it’s fine. Please do not pass on your lazy bug and quick fixes onto others. There are no quick fixes to meditation. I really think you would know this already. Thanks.

  • Jessica Fergusson

    At least is a way to start. Later you can take steps to go deeper and make the meditation more “valuable”

  • vira

    unfortunately many are talking about meditation but no one really knows how to actually do and get magical result, it is like a make believe story, some mix it with religion where main technique is not first defined. Off course you feel relaxed after closing your eyes and going to sleep while sitting that can be done by fully lying down,but is that all, that we wanted that was so very easy to do, we may get some just temporary casual results.We have to cast out adulterated teachings, need go back to its roots from where it came from, only real guru or real vedic knowledge(heard it has also been tampered) can reveal about fully about this science or technique

  • Homo-Luminous

    Meditation is the art of stilling and mastering the mind through deep contemplation. The process is simply a steady, continuous flow of concentration, creating an exclusive awareness of the moment. The breath and mind have a special relationship. If you slow your mind, you slow your breath; if you slow your breath, you slow you mind.

    So when you meditate, do not try to empty your mind of thoughts, it is impossible to remove the traffic of the mind. We must trick our mind by concentrating only on one thing. If you try to calm the mind by focusing on the mind you will not get far. However if you instead observe your breathing, you will learn to find your natural breath rhythm. Mastering the breath is simple in theory, but difficult in practice! It requires much practice to achieve the levels of concentration required.

    It sounds difficult, but no one is any better at it than anyone else, they just practice religiously. They do so because they understand the key to meditation. Once you have learned to master your breath, you will have already mastered your mind!

    The benefits of such a feat are eternal!

  • Greenwick

    Thanks or this. I have tried to get serious about meditation, but haven’t been able to establish a routine. I think the ‘ten breaths’ trick will help, as will the ‘100 breaths.’

    To those who find no value in this, if someone is unable to meditate fully, but these tricks help them at least a little bit to relieve suffering, isn’t there some good in it? If you want to exercise but your brain is obstructing you, starting with a minute of exercise a day, then moving up to five andso on, is a useful thing to do. If you do more than planned, you feel motivated and accomplised. If you only do the small amount planned, you feel good for reaching your goal.

    Thich Nhat Hanh has some great, uncomplicated breath-focused meditations you might try once you establish a routine. I love them because unlike reciting mantras, I don’t worry over reciting the words incorrectly.

  • “Meditation for Dummies” – and a very enjoyable article to read at that. Thank you so much Leonie (:

  • khan


    I just showed up here and haven’t read all of the
    comments or really familiarized myself with the community that is commenting
    here–so I could be repeating something and stating the obvious. II cannot
    emphasize enough how important going on
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    a retreat will solidify meditation
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    teachings of Buddha (Vipassana).

  • Tiffany

    According to a feng shui consultant, yo can get the best fun you want by meditation. I couldn’t agree more with this post. Thank you for sharing this with us, your readers. Cheers!

  • Number 4 is more important than anything else. Always make yourself confortable!

  • Sharon Bennett

    Instead of bouncing around trying to find a way to make meditation fun, why not just realize that there will days it will be good/enjoyable, and days that it won’t be. If all you do is look for the “right” and “fun” way to meditate, then you’re never going to meditate daily. It isn’t always fun and to expect it to be is setting yourself up for failure.

  • Rachael

    This is a great post! I’m currently writing a post on meditation for my blog and will be linking to this. You have said it better than I ever could!

  • Mo Edjlali

    Great article, I would just add meditate with friends! Some cool apps out there like insight timer, or my creation TeleSangha – phone based group meditation. I find peer support is the #1 way to meditate daily with easy (thats why I created TeleSangha!).

  • Suthagar

    Nice tip and i hope i will start meditation using 100 breaths..

  • Meditation is much like all need the same thing.. isn’t is ..
    btw thanks for the tips.. useful information shared

  • Curt Remington

    This article is a good starting guide to meditating, and if anyone is interested in learning more about meditation, I recommend my book, Simple Meditation. It’s a great reference for many different types of meditations, and has stories of the experiences I’ve had with meditation in my life. You can check it out at

  • k.k.

    i think you’re missing out meditation with getting comfortable or relaxing, but maybe it’s imo only so, anyway liked the techniques



  • neev

    hi can u help me with my situation..I am from India..from
    childhood onwards my dream was to settled in foreign countries..then i
    met a guy in college..from him i quit my plan to do MS and stayed here
    india we both got job in india..but my dream was to go to foreign
    and settle there to have better life..but my bf doesnt like to go
    there..he wants to stay here only..all my friends and cousins are
    settling in foriegn and enjoying there.. i feel jealous many times..i hv
    options to go but am not going only bcoz of him..its my dream to go
    there..he too knows that but i dont know if he wil take me there or
    not..wt i hv to do? how to let go of my dream .,,thinking of that dream
    and staying here is being quite difficult for me..wt do u suggest

  • Nafiz Sejan

    Wow this is a great ARTICLE!!!

  • Trevor

    The best way I “trick” myself into meditating is not being focused on how long to sit for. Sometimes 20 minutes sounds like way too long. But if I just sit, after sometime I’ll look up at the clock and 27 minutes just went by. Even if you sit for 1 minute, that’s fine. Just get into the habit of meditating.

  • Wayne

    This is off topic a little, but I just wanted to share my article I wrote regarding meditation and its connection with sports. Take a look:

  • Greg

    Here is an interesting little take on Tibetan meditation: the void-gazing meditation:

  • Dmytro

    How to Meditate with Nature – Best Mediation is No Meditation

    what do you think about the concept described in this videoscribe?

  • Keeley

    Have been looking at this mediation ring as a christmas gift to myself from the Cinnamon Wardrobe but could someone explain how they are used and how effective they are?

    thank you

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  • Those are some pretty important tips. There are so many people (included myself) that feel kind of overwhelmed with all the resources available to beginning meditation. But which are considered the best? Which are right for the particular individual? I think that you hit on some ideas that can apply to everyone. Thanks.

  • Navayana

    I am an Indian working in Europe. If it is not too much of a cost, I would suggest study/work abroad for some time and enjoy !

    You will not be able to appreciate if you just come for a tour …
    Remember, there are pros and cons everywhere (India and outside India)… My best wishes for your choices

  • MG

    Trying to learn meditation made me anxious, totally stressed, despairing, profoundly depressed, and suicidal. I hate it completely. I want to give it up. But I’m being forced to do it by others, under threat of harm by them or negative consequences because of Karma.

    Truly, I wish it did not exist or that I did not have to do it. I cannot articulate how much I hate it.

  • Tenzin

    I find meditation helpful but it can be hard to stick with it. Lately I really enjoy getting the free daily guided meditations from

  • Cassidyevans15

    I need a beer, ya feel me i can’t do meditation without me beer

  • joanncorley

    Perfect post! It’s honest and practical. Thank you!

  • Your writing style is casual and funny and it puts me at ease. Great tips.

  • kavin paker

    One of the things that I learned and you put it so eloquently is that
    jealousy is a way for you to know what you want, and to do something
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  • Seth Ashford

    These are some great tips- these will be so helpful when my wife and I start daily meditation practices. We love the mental and physical health benefits of meditation, and we have decided to start it next week. I will share this with her so that we can both have a great time meditating. Thanks for sharing!

    Seth Ashford

  • Sushil Kumar

    I really learn something by reading this. Thanks for that.

  • for people who are suffering with Alcoholism, cigarette addiction, drugs addition, the good news is: start Meditation. Your bad habits will die automatically. You will not need a rehab class to get rid of your bad habits. Meditation is that powerful, yet simple technique. Its like having an inner mentor who will be with you and correct you all your life, you can’t go wrong. You can enjoy a drink but don’t let the drink enjoy you, have control.

  • Darin

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this great piece. It’s exactly where I am at right now. I really want to start meditating but it’s feeling like another thing on my list of things to do, which in actuality is a good thing! Now I need to do it! This list is really helpful. 🙂

  • Ricardo

    Great stuff, 100 breath you say, i reached so much more that i stoped counting without notecing , braingasm . Thank you !

  • Dani

    This article is wonderful. “And we either stop there because we feel like we’ve refreshed just enough, or we keep going for another ten or twenty because it just feels so good.” I so believe in doing things your way at your own pace, and so many strategies and techniques seem to imply “you have to do it this way or it won’t work”. I have been doing deep breathing excercises to help me clear my head of all the crap for several years but didn’t realize it was a form of meditating until recently. I had been counting to 4 or 5 every time I inhaled and exhaled, always trying to get the same count in and out equally because that’s what they say to do. Well, for me it wasn’t working and I found that I was having to concentrate too much and it seemed to defeat the purpose. I started just focusing on the breathing alone itself, as slow and smooth as possible both in and out for as long as I was physically comfortable with. I will do that while picturing a brick wall (literally, like in Village of the Damned, blocks out all other thoughts) and usually, unless my mind is very worked up, I’ll be able to disconnect and if it’s my goal I’ll fall asleep within minutes.

  • Mayank Gupta

    Knowledgeable Post! Did you ever know that there are 6 types of meditation? They do, and each one is beneficial on its own. To know more read “Six Types Of Meditation” article on eVaidya Blog

  • The best way to make meditation easy and fun is to refrain from trying to make your meditation conform to predetermined expectations of ‘the right way’ to meditate. Meditation is simply the process of seeing clearly and directly whatever arises in the mind with full conscious awareness, love and compassion; it is never about trying to control the mind.

  • Meditation should be enjoyable because it is about liberating the mind from the heavy and stressful habits of reactivity where we become lost in emotional reactions and thought reactions. Learning to watch the show without becoming lost in the story; learning how to walk on the river bank without falling in.
    When I teach mindfulness meditation online, I help people discover their True Self, which is not the contents but the space around the contents. Become the Sky rather than the thoughts and emotional reactions that arise and pass away. This skill is immensely helpful for finding greater balance in life and for bringing about resolution of painful emotions, including anxiety and depression.

  • Meditation is led by peace and leads to higher level of spiritual joy and satisfaction

  • Paul Frolov aka XHyperActive

    Meditation on a regular basis is simply a habit. To be more exact – a healthy habit. Something that you work on, something that you develop with time. Just like your workouts, and eating healthy. Consistency is the key…No, not just for meditation, for anything in life. And from this post, I understand this is exactly what the author doesn’t have…

  • BrokenEye

    You know what would make it even easier? Clear instructions.

    I find it utterly unbelievable and incredibly frustrating that for something recommended by so many, nobody seems to be willing to give a straight answer about how to do it. Not yogis, not psychologists, not experts, not even people who claim to be writing articles specifically for people who can’t figure out how to meditate.

    Even so-called “guided meditation” tracks never give actually tell you how to do anything. “Become aware of your position”? Um… would you care to elaborate on that? As near as I can tell, I’m already what can reasonably be described as “aware” of my position more or less constantly even when not actively trying to meditate, with the exception of when I’m asleep or otherwise unconscious, when I’m not aware of anything. My position is kind of hard not to be aware of, seeing as I’m in it, and I’m pretty sure that to actually be unsure of it would require me to sustain a very specific sort of brain damage. Same goes for being “aware” of breathing and various body parts. And I’ve had multiple sources tell me that “clear your mind” doesn’t mean to have your mind go absolutely silent and to not think about anything at all (which is good, because I’m pretty sure that would be psychologically impossible), but nobody will tell me what it does mean. What am I actually supposed to do???

  • The key concept behind meditation is to develop and sustain conscious awareness of each moment of your experience. I teach mindfulness meditation of the mind and this means learning how to see the thoughts and emotions that arise without a) becoming lost in those thoughts and b) without becoming reactive to those thoughts. Most people are neither for most of the time. Its about developing stability and balance in relation to thoughts, emotions and other mental experience; not being caught in judgment or identification. You are learning to become an observer, awakening to experience rather than reacting to experience.
    Breath and body meditation is simply a way to develop concentration and mindfulness, a prelude to meditating on the mind itself.

  • BrokenEye

    Yeah, see, that’s exactly the sort of thing I’m talking about.

  • Griffin
  • BrokenEye

    Good lord…does this person really believe one can “end ignorance” by “rooting out” the desire to learn? And you think this is the sort of person I should be listening to you?

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  • Mike Clarks

    Thanks for your advice. I would love to follow your tips. I am practicing meditation from the last one week and can see lot of difference in my mental as well as physical health. For health body and mind it is very good if we practice meditation on regular basis.

  • Yami

    This write was really interesting and gave me that one final boost to try out different meditation technique. Yes We are the sole experts of ourselves and we are the benchmark! each time improve the quality and meditation, even by meagre amounts and soon you will get that actual feel and comfort

  • Well that was supremely unhelpful. Slightly rewording the same old cryptic non-instructions doesn’t make them any less cryptic or any more instructive.

    What the heck does “mentally feeling and then relaxing all of your body” mean? Or “scan and relax”, for that matter. I can already feel all of my body, and I’m already relaxed, but I know for a fact that I’m not presently meditating. How do I focus my eyes on anything if they’re closed, no less a point like “the point between my eyebrows” that they physically cannot turn towards and wouldn’t be able to see even if they could? I understand that “a state where by we imperturbable” is the goal, but nobody will tell me how to get there, at least not in any way that made a lick of sense. How do I “turn my attention inwards”? What does that consist of, exactly? Obviously these phrases aren’t being used to mean what they usually do, but if that’s the case, what the heck are they supposed to mean?

    Some “beginner’s guide” that was. Then again, I probably shouldn’t have expected much from an article that manages to mangle it’s initial introduction so badly that it manages makes something as harmless and useful as meditation sound dadaesque and kind of disturbing. Like, cosmic horror disturbing.

  • Meditation is not about relaxing the body or trying to avoid the stress caused by thoughts and emotional reactions. meditation is about changing your relationship to your thoughts and emotions (mind) whereby you become the Observer that sees mind, instead of simply becoming carried away and overwhelmed by mind. The point is that we lose this perspective and suffering ensues. The purpose of meditation is to regain this perspective and break free from the cycle of suffering (dukkha).

    The “Observer” is one translation of “Buddha”, which is translated as “the one who is awake” – awake to the mind. meditation is about awakening to the mind so that it stops taking us for a ride…

    Make any sense?

  • Even less sense, actually, which I honestly didn’t think was possible in this context.

  • Michael Osborne

    The inner you found during meditation or just sitting with an open mind and just letting the thoughts flow by without building on them is effective. We cannot interfere with life and its happenings will roll on whatever we do. We have to live in the ‘now’ as much as we are able and stop wanting things to change. We can influence a few things but basically life and other people will roll on unpredictably. If we can rid ourselves of the ‘I’ and stop trying to run life through the mechanistic workings of the mind we will be more content. The ‘now’ is all there is. Get on with it and live.

  • Dragana popov

    hello, I’m would like to ask you from where is these beautiful photos of the women who meditating?

    it’s amazing .

  • Dark_Ronius

    I think you are also missing the point of this article. Time and time again, the biggest help for mental health isn’t the duration or motive of meditation… It’s the consistency. I can speak for myself when I say I tried creating/settling myself in a completely relaxed environment, with money lavished on special meditation CDs and the like… When the reality is I tried it one or two times then didn’t come back to it. In contrast, exercises such as those described have allowed me to develop a pattern and familiarity with meditation, to the point I can now go back to those CDs and actually gain an enjoyment from them. Developing the habit of meditation is much like building muscle to get used to exercise. This is even supported in research of the brain into Grey Matter and Neuroplasticity. There’s a certain arrogance that comes across in your message… With the irony being the biggest barriers to meditating properly can be anxiety over getting the method correct. I wouldn’t expect a person apparently so well gifted in meditation techniques to come across quite so rude whilst making assumptions on the authors intentions. I didn’t see the author claim to get people to enlightenment or Buddha-hood… Just to provide tools a person might wish to use to start their journey.