How to Meditate

In today’s frenzied world it is crucial to practice a DAILY stress reduction technique. Thousands of studies have shown the physiological and psychological benefits of meditation. It relaxes the body as well as the mind and boosts the immune system.

How to Meditate:

  • Set aside an uninterrupted time of at least 10 minutes, preferably 20 minutes.
  • Sit in a firm, straight back chair with your feet flat on the floor and hands resting lightly on your thighs. Before you start to mediate, affirm that you will not get up for any reason other than an emergency.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Choose a word or image on which to focus your attention, or you might choose to focus on your breath. Pay attention to it going in and out.
  • Each time during your meditation that you realize you have stopped focusing on your word, image, or breath, gently bring your attention back to it.


Please be assured that it does get easier as the months go by. It can be quite a change for us to take the time to center ourselves.

Your goal should be to meditate at least 1 time per day, preferably 2 times.




Insight Meditation Center

We recommend visiting the Insight Meditation Center.

The center is located at 108 Birch Street Redwood City, California 94062
You can contact them by calling (650) 599-3456 or by visiting their website.

Their classes are taught by experienced meditation students. You will find attending one or two classes can be helpful as you begin your meditation practice. There is no cost for classes, events and retreats at IMC. Donations are welcome. No pre-registration is required for their Basic Meditation classes.

Their Basic Meditation classes are held:

Every Thursday, 6:15 – 7:15 pm
First Monday of each month, 6:15 – 7:15 pm
First Thursday of each month, 10:45 – 11:45 am