Step 2: Find a quiet spot Find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed. Try to meditate in the same place every day.
Step 3: Choose a good time Choose a daily meditation time. Yogis say the best time to meditate is between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., but it's more important to practice at the same time every day than at the ideal time.
TIP: Always meditate on an empty stomach. Research shows that digestion interferes with the positive physiological effects of meditation.
Step 4: Get into position Find a comfortable chair or bench and sit with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor. You may sit with your legs crossed, lotus-style, if you like, but it's not necessary. Place your hands on your knees, palms up; tilt your head forward slightly, and close your eyes.
TIP: If you feel yourself nodding off, open your eyes halfway. Maintaining good posture also will help you stay awake.
Step 5: Begin deep breathing Close your mouth and begin inhaling deeply and exhaling gently, making sure your belly expands as you breathe in.
Step 6: Focus on one thing Clear your mind by focusing on your breathing — how it feels, doing it correctly, and so on. Some people find that having a mantra — a word or phrase that they can repeat over and over — helps them block out thoughts.
Step 7: Be consistent Try to build up a daily 20-minute meditation, but aim first for consistency. It's better to meditate just for a few minutes every single day than to do it for 20 minutes sporadically.
FACT: People who meditate are less likely to catch the flu.