John Coleman's definition of meditation is one of the best I stumbled across yet. In his article "Meditation & Mitigating Parkinson's Symptoms" (theparkinsonhub.com) he writes, "In my view, meditation is a time of day we deliberately set aside to create a feeling of peace and joy on a regular basis."
I love that this definition frees our meditation from a specific amount of time, a specific place and a specific seated position. This definition simply allows us to experience our meditation experience as it unfolds before us. Meditation does not have to be seated stringently in a lotus position without movement. That isn't realistic or feasible for many people. Below are various meditation techniques for you to try out so you can find one or two different ways that work for you.
TYPES OF MEDITATION
Object: Candle flames, cleansing water, the buttons on your remote control!
Mantra: Choose a word- love, harmony, peace, health, soham (I am that)
Thought: koan- a question without an answer
Journaling- unedited let-it-all-go type of writing
Breath- Count inhales/exhales, watch breath, feel breath
Sound- Music, chanting
Moving- walking, coloring, washing dishes
Guided Meditation- search youtube for a variety
Sound (music, accessible to all), chanting
1. love and light; om namah shivaya
Moving- walking, coloring, dishes, tense muscles then let go, slow movement
To Meditate by Thich Nhat Hahn
To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem.
To meditate means to observe.
Your smile proves it.
It proves that you are being gentle with yourself,
that the sun of awareness is shining in you,
that you have control of your situation.
You are yourself,
and you have acquired some peace.