First of all find an area in your home that you can use in peace each day to meditate. It doesn’t have to be a fancy meditation room. It can be the same spot on the floor or even a special cushion that you sit on. Whatever is your space, make it a sacred one in your mind; somewhere that you come back to each time.
You may find lighting a candle or burning incense helps you to focus and at the same time this also blesses the room. Just remember when you are finished to blow them out!
Wear comfortable clothing and make sure you are warm enough and won’t be disturbed. I always like to have a blanket close by in case I feel cold.
Sit cross-legged on a cushion if you can. The hips should be higher than the knees. The important thing is your back is straight, and your neck is long. If you are having difficulty perhaps lean on a wall or use a chair. A regular yoga practice is a great way to gain the strength and flexibility to enable you to sit still for long periods of time. Don’t worry though if you are inflexible, you can still meditate.
Take some deep breaths in out of the nostrils rather than the mouth and try and breathe from the diaphragm rather than the upper chest. Now start to count each exhalation in your head. So as you inhale and then exhale that is one count. As soon as your mind begins to wander (which is what it will do) bring the count back to one. Even if at first you don’t get very far with your counting, the important thing is to start again every time you find yourself wandering off in thought.
End the meditation by taking some deep breaths and give yourself some space to reflect.
Remember that boredom, not seeing the point, I don’t have the time etc… are nothing more than tools that your mind uses to trick you from taming it. Perseverance and determination are the key. Stick with it and soon you will feel the benefits.