To Begin a Meditation
Lock the eyelid-doors and shut out the wild dance of tempting scenes. Drop your mind into the bottomless well of your heart. Hold the mind on your heart that is bubbling with life-giving blood. Keep your attention tied to the heart, until you feel its rhythmic beat. With every heartbeat feel the pulse of almighty Life. Picture the same all-pervading Life knocking at the heart-door of millions of human beings and of billions of other creatures. The heart-throb constantly, meekly announces the presence of infinite power behind the doors of your awareness. The gentle beat of all-pervading Life says to you silently, "Do not receive only a little flow of My life, but expand the opening of thy feeling-powers. Let Me flood thy blood, body, mind, feelings, and soul with My throbs of universal life."
Excerpted from Metaphysical Meditations by Paramahansa Yogananda
Your Place to Meditate
To meditate deeply and effectively, create a comfortable, quiet place reserved just for your meditation - whether it's an entire room or just a small corner.
If possible, face east while you meditate. Yogis believe this helps you meditate better because of natural currents that flow east to west. If you cannot face east, north is also a good direction for meditation. When you enter your meditation room your entire body and soul will respond and become ready to meditate.
If you are distracted by outside noise, use earplugs or headphones to block out sound. Be sure the room is well-ventilated; if you get chilly, wrap a blanket or shawl around you.