Meditation is more than a strategy for relaxing the body, as a few people think. It's a way for acquiring freedom from ceaseless, nagging thoughts and cares, calming the chatter of the mind, and attaining inner peace and happiness.
In its higher levels, it leads to spiritual awakening, Nirvana, and to realizing who and what you are. Though it plays an important role in assorted religions and spiritual practices, it's truly a practice that's free from all religious intensions, and has forever been practiced everywhere, from ancient times until the current day.
There's always been the desire to go inside, to find what is beyond the physical form, and to discover the real spirit and the relation between humanity, the world and the creator.
There are a lot of forms, methods and traditions of meditation, which are rehearsed and followed for different reasons and aims, for relaxation and health, for mental mastery and inner peace, and naturally for arriving at spiritual awakening - Nirvana, and for discovering who you genuinely are.
Meditation calms the body and the mind, brings down stress and anxiety, normalizes the blood pressure and has a healing effect on the body. It betters the power of concentration, centers the mind and strengthens the intuition. Its steady practice reduces the number of uneasy thoughts in the mind and brings inner peace, felicity and bliss.
In order to acquire results it has to be practiced daily, at least once a day, twice a day is better. A beginner may start with simply ten minutes and gradually increment the time.
Basically, there are 2 types of meditation. One that calls for centering the mind on a particular activity, like on the breathing process, or on a concrete object, image, a word, idea or a quality of character. The other type requires that you don't center on any concrete object, thought or image, but to void the mind of thoughts, and blend into the inner silence inside you, into your true, inner self. This sort might only be practiced after one is well trained with the first type.
Below you'll find things you're able to do to better your ability to meditate, mitigate the inner resistance of the mind, and better your chances of success. Read them with attention, and apply them to any strategy that you practice.
Start with an easy meditation strategy. Here are 2 cases:
Focus your attention on your entering and outgoing breath.
For a few moments, center your attention on your breath. Breathe normally, while focusing on the act of breathing in and breathing out. Be attentive not to strain your breath and your body. Focusing on a motivating quote.
Select an inspiring quote, and repeat it in your mind, attempting to find its deep meaning, on the far side of the written words.