Most relaxing meditation practices involve focusing on a particular object: breathing, a mantra, a visualization, a physical object, even the physical sensations within the body, and returning to that object every time you become distracted or notice that your mind begins to wander. If you're looking for even more meditation tips and advice, Headspace offers a 10-day beginner's course on the basics of meditation, available free of charge, which is an ideal way to start building a solid foundation for a daily meditation practice. From there, you can explore the entire content library that includes hundreds of thematic meditations on mindfulness, from stress and compassion to sleep and focus. Someone who meditates regularly will radiate qualities of kindness, compassion, love, balance, and equanimity.
You want to learn from someone who exemplifies these qualities and who practices (daily) what they teach. Meditation is a technique that has been used for thousands of years to develop awareness of the present moment. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. You can also use it to relax and cope with stress by refocusing your attention on something relaxing.
Meditation can help you learn to stay focused and maintain inner peace. Practitioners breathe slowly and deeply, counting their breaths or otherwise focusing on their breaths. The goal is to focus solely on breathing and ignore other thoughts that enter the mind. Start at the top of your head.
Slowly and deliberately, direct your attention to the surface of your skin, inch by inch. See if you can feel your scalp, ears, eyelids, and nose. Continue this way, moving across your face, above your ears, up your neck and shoulders, and up to your toes.