Photos taken with Nikon L35 AF w/ Kodak Ektar 100 and Canon Sure Shot Tele w/ Kodak Portra 400.
Meditation is an old age technique that has been around and practiced by millions of people throughout the planet for well over the past ten centuries. Almost as simple as taking a breath, meditation is rooted in bringing ones awareness to the patterns of their breathing and the processes and feelings surrounding each breath. There are many forms of meditation and ways to meditate with an equal amount of benefits that go along with them.
One of the most important aspects to meditation is that of the 'mind' and aside that, the stream of thinking. When you go to meditate the idea shouldn't entirely be to stop, control, or ignore your thoughts but to actually become more aware of them. This will actually begin to slow the inner chatter after awhile. So, when a thought comes up, simply acknowledge it, don't follow the thought, judge, or label it, as that will only bring on more thinking. When a thought enters and brings with it an emotion, whether positive or negative, allow yourself to fully experience and feel that emotion. Without resistance this can be extremely liberating.
Meditation is the space in-between thoughts, you are that space, the essence of pure consciousness and experience absent of thought; 'the soul,' if you will. With practice, you may find yourself expanding and residing fully in this space for longer periods of 'time' and this can bring with it a sense of bliss. An additionally powerful thing you can add into your meditation is a 'body scan.' You can do this by bringing your awareness to the subtle energies and sensations that goes on within the body. Start at the tips of your toes and gradually move upwards until you reach the crown of your head. The main idea of this is to tune in to the vibrational frequencies of the body and essentially increase the rate and flow of these energies, clearing any blockages.
If it wasn't obvious already, many health benefits can be achieved through meditation. It can regulate blood pressure, improve your breathing and heart rate, lower stress levels, increase energy, focus, creativity and these are just a handful of an almost innumerable and growing list of the positive effects of meditation. Though, the greatest of upsides, to me anyway, is that there is no downsides to practicing meditation. So, do give it a try, there's not a right or wrong way to doing it and the worst it can do is relax you. Deep breaths!