I recently went hiking with a friend who was visiting Los Angeles from New York. On our trek, she started telling me about how tough it is for her to meditate. "My thoughts are all over the place," she said, as if she were in pain.
I stopped her in the middle of our hike. "Relax," I said. "Take a few deep breaths. Can you feel the breeze? Can you feel the presence of the trees and mountains?"
"Yes. Yes, I can," she said. It seemed like she was sinking into a deep abyss.
I smiled and said to her, "Now you are meditating!"
Meditation isn't some complicated phenomenon. If it seems complicated, then you're probably taking it too seriously. Meditation is a state of relaxation wherein you experience your awareness and become a witness to all of your thoughts, emotions, and inner chatter.
These five tips are all you need to get started on your meditation journey: