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How-To Meditate


  1. Prepare your meditation space by lighting a few candles to illuminate or another ritual that you feel connected to
  2. Take a good seat. Ensure that your hips are higher than your knees by sitting on a firm cushion. Use a chair if necessary.
  3. Release the weight of your lower body down into the earth and allow your inner body to be soft and spacious, supporting the outer body with ease.
  4. Make the connection to your breath, feeling the way it fills your inner body from the pelvic floor up    through the base of the heart, and into the back of the throat.   
  5. As your breath begins to settle and soften and you take on a more rhythmic flow, bring your awareness in the spaciousness of your mind. Allow your attention to rest in the still space that is found between your thoughts.
  6. As you release into your inner-environment affirm your mantra.
  7. Hold your mala in either hand.  Starting just after the Meru bead recite your mantra while holding each bead between the thumb and one of the fingers, moving from one bead to the next with each recitation. 
  8. After you have completed a full circle of your mala, you will come to the MERU bead.  When using a mala, it is important to never cross the Meru bead. The Meru bead is said to symbolize either Buddha Nature, the Guru principle, or the Divine. To show our respect, we turn around and go the other way. we never touch the Meru bead and in time a great energy builds up in the bead. When reciting your mantra, you recite the entire mantra on each bead (not one bead per word).
  9. When you are finished your chanting, rest your palms on your knees, Palms up for receptivity and down for grounding, and settle into a quiet stillness.