The object of meditation is to develop control of thoughts and
emotions, basing that control on a foundation of peaceful vibrations so
that an impartial and unbiased analysis can be obtained.
There are many forms and techniques of effecting this end--the
subduing of the consciousness by rhythmic breathing, by intense
concentration on a particular word or phrase (Mantra), by focusing the
mind through the eyes on a point of light or a picture
or a symbol, or by mentally banishing each thought as it occurs, and
during group meditations, one is sometimes taken on a visionary
journey. Seek out that which works best for you.
A simple method to still the mind is through breathing and focusing
on the breath. Following, is the simplest breathing exercise for a
beginner, called the four fold breathe.
Empty the lungs and remain thus while counting to four.
Inhale, counting four so that you feel filled with breath from the pit of the stomach to the throat.
Hold this breath while counting four. Keep the throat open and relaxed.
Exhale, counting four until the lungs are empty.
This is one breath.
This should be practiced, counting slowly or quickly, until you
obtain rhythm that suites you--one that is comforting and stilling.
Having attained this, count the breath for two or three minutes, until
you feel quiet, and then proceed with your working.