How to Meditate

A Free Tutorial

Learning how to meditate is a little like riding a bike — you learn by doing. You do need a basic idea of how it all works — how it looks to ride a bike, watching from the outside — but how you really learn is by actually doing it — being on the bike, hands on the bars, feet on the pedals, finding your balance.

Meditating is the same way — learn by feel.  And, like riding a bike, once you’ve done it you never forget.  It’s a skill you have for life.

The tutorial offered on this website is designed to get you up and meditating right away — it first gives you an idea of how meditation works, readies you with the essentials, and then walks you through those first wobbly moments until you are off on your own, soaring.

For this purpose, we are going to work with mantra meditation, which is particularly easy and an excellent technique for first-time meditators.  Virtually all meditation techniques have an anchor — something you hold as the center of our awareness — and for a variety of reasons, mantras are especially easy to work with.  

Three Parts

The tutorial has three parts:

1. Meditation Essentials – An Overview

You’ll start with an overview of how meditation works — what it is and what to expect, generally, as you start meditating.

2. The Mantras

Here you’ll find a selection of beautiful mantras to choose from, each with a description of it’s meaning and pronunciation.

3. Step-by-Step Guidance

Next you’ll be guided through a meditation.  You have a choice of step-by-step written guidelines or a guided meditation audio track.

There is, of course, more to learn about meditation — other techniques and other ways to make your experience even nicer — but this will get you off to a great start.

So, lets get started!

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Copyright Sharon Rose Summers 2014. This short course entitled How to Meditate – a Free Online Tutorial is a four-part series about how to meditate and includes the mantra meditation and meditation posture modules. No part may be copied in whole or in part without prior written permission.