Simply-Mush
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Hi Simply-Mush,

Nice to see you. That's a great question. I am a big believer in the value of meditation, and I am always glad to help someone out who wants to learn.

First, you might want to consider picking up a book. Just get on a book site like Amazon and search on topics like "meditation" or "learning meditation" and you will probably end up with a list of books.

If you live near a city, you might want to check out local Buddhist groups. You don't have to get involved in Buddhism if it doesn't interest you. But most Buddhist meetings include not only a message on Buddhist thought, but also a group meditation. Through this meditation, you would learn techniques you could try on you own. Buddhist organizations often do classes on basic meditation as well. Keep in mind that people of other religions go to Buddhist meetings to learn about meditation.

YouTube has a lot of great meditations you can follow. Just search on topics like "mindfulness meditation" or "five minute meditation" and you will come up with a list of meditations, of various types and timeframes, to choose from.

There are some excellent apps you might want to try out, including HeadSpace and Calm. These apps, and others, teach you to meditate through meditations that they take you through. They also remind you to meditate.

I do a basic meditation for a few minutes. I sit in a comfortable place, and look straight ahead with my eyes half open. Then I listen to my own breathing as I slowly inhale and exhale. When I have a thought, I dismiss it and refocus on my breathing. This helps me feel relaxed and centered, and more aware of myself. As I say to my clients, meditation doesn't take you out of your life. It brings you into your life.

If you are interested in meditation, I hope you will keep pursuing ways to develop your own meditation practice. If you don't relate to one approach, keep trying others until you find one that resonates with you. I think you will be amazed at how meditation can help you to feel calmer, more in touch with yourself, more able to react in the moment.

I also hope you will keep in touch and let me know how you are doing.

Take care of yourself!

Gary

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