*1. Choose a place that is quiet, the ideal place would be a place that is not frequented by friends and relatives as they are likely to disturb your peace. Most people opt for their bedrooms, bathrooms or even a quiet place out in the countryside. Any place would work well as long as you are alone and at peace.
*2. Set up your chosen place of meditation with items that will help you focus. Some people will light candles while turning off the electric light for a more relaxed atmosphere. This is because dim light always seems to help in relaxing the mind.
*3. For those who love it, incense will also help you to relax. Different scents are lit for different purposes, for example, sage incense is said to ward off negative energy.
*4. Make sure you are comfortable as you meditate, get a comfortable cushion or coach, sitting on a hard surface will break your concentration.
*5. Pick out an object within your surroundings to focus on. This object could be your candle flame or something that will easily pull the eye. If you wish, you can focus on nothing at all.
Breathe in deeply after closing your eyes and finding your focus. With a whoosh, exhale your deep breath while taking note of your breath patterns. Focus on your diaphragm and try to breath from it. The diaphragm is located right below the lungs. By breathing from your diaphragm, you will be able to remain balanced which makes it the most popular breathing technique especially for yoga enthusiasts.
*6. For music lovers, playing something softly in the background also proves to be very relaxing. Others find music quite irritating and choose an area that is totally quiet. For others, the sounds of nature can be relaxing while others find instrumental music quite helpful.