How to Meditate at Home
Meditating at home sounds great, but if you’re new to following guided meditation through livestreaming, or you’ve never tried it at home, here are some tips.
Space: Clean and Uncluttered
“A clean and tidy environment uplifts our mind, making it clear and vibrant,” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says in the book The New Eight Steps to Happiness .
Freshen up a place to use for your meditation! Re-tidy it every time you get ready to meditate.
How to Sit — and What to Sit On
- You’re welcome to sit either cross-legged on the floor or comfortably in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.
- Consciously position yourself so that your back is straight but not tense, aligning your shoulders over your hips.
- Place your hands comfortably in your lap.
- Close your eyes, or partially close them, leaving them unfocused.
When the guided meditation starts, try to stop distraction and just concentrate on the teacher’s words. Direct your mind as instructed — focusing your full attention on your breath, for starters.
Every time your mind gets drawn away, bring it back to the object of meditation your teacher has described and try to hold it there, without interruption.
Keep listening closely to the teacher.
At the end of the meditation, the teacher will invite you to “dedicate your merit.”
Meditation is a virtuous mind, and when we meditate we collect accumulate positive effects which we can then dedicate to others, praying for their good fortune and well-being.