Although all meditation is easy and has similar results, some people opt to meditate one way whilst others another. These differences are known as differences in meditation techniques but are in fact just different ways in which people find easiest to follow. The first method and possibly the most popular method is that where you think of a two syllable word or two single syllable words and keep repeating them as you breathe. You say in your mind the first as you inhale and then the second as you exhale, thinking of nothing else other than the two words and your breathing. The second method is not to think of any words but instead to just concentrate on your breathing, allowing your mind to follow the breath as it enters with the inhale and travels down your body. As you exhale you once again allow your mind to think of the air as it travels up and out of your body with the exhale.
Although both methods are known to work, one is easier for some people to follow whilst the other for others. Many people that begin meditation are surprised at how little needs to be done per day in order for it to have any effect. Most people in fact probably think of meditation as taking hours each day sitting and looking blankly into space but the reality is that just 15 minutes per day is the recommended time for the medication to be beneficial. It is said that even if a 15-minute meditation does not relax the mind for the whole day, one or two, two-minute meditations will certainly suffice. The 15-minute meditation is best if done early in the morning or last thing at night but any additional, short meditations can be taken at any time and anywhere. An example is that if you meditate for 15 minutes first thing in the morning, you can also meditate for two minutes whilst on the bus on your way to work and then again on your way back from work. If you drive to work perhaps the additional short meditations could be undertaken whilst waiting to go into a meeting and so no real time has to be set aside for them and the 15 minutes in the morning or at night most people can find time for.
Stress has become a major health risk as it is stress that often leads to other more serious health problems and so any steps you can take to reduce stress must be beneficial to your overall well-being. The fact that no specialist training and no expensive medications are needed in order to meditate makes meditation even more beneficial. Even without the health benefits that meditation can offer, having the relaxed stress free feeling which meditation can also provide will lead to a much more relaxed and enriched lifestyle. Perhaps more people should skip that extra cup of coffee in the morning and spend the time instead meditating as that will be more relaxing than the extra caffeine.