How to Meditate 101, Video Instruction (Sitting Up and Lying Down)

How to meditate

From time to time, I have folks ask me, “How do you meditate?” and “Where do I start?” A lot of guys are wondering where to get started. So, I made a two short instructional videos if you are serious about learning the basics of meditation.

First, it’s important to ask, Why in the hell would a person meditate?

At first, it might be a way to relax or calm your mind. Later on, meditation becomes a powerful tool for growth, personal development and a resource to find your own answers to life’s mysteries and even work through seemingly intractable emotions and mind states.

It seems in this culture, many people would rather have some big authority figure tell them what to do, rather than rely on their own wisdom. But you can only tune in to this frequency if you get pretty quiet and very still.

The benefits of meditation are widely researched and well documented. From the NY Times to National Geographic Magazine. More and more western doctors and health practitioners are citing meditation as helping their clients.

This video give basic sitting up meditation instruction

How will it help you on your path?

I like this description of meditation from

“Meditation is a mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the conditioned, “thinking” mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Meditation often involves turning attention to a single point of reference. It is recognized as a component of almost all religions, and has been practiced for over 5,000 years.[1][2][3] It is also practiced outside religious traditions. Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual and/or psychophysical practices which may emphasize different goals — from achievement of a higher state of consciousness, to greater focus, creativity or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind.” More here…

So, give it a shot and really notice what comes up for you. It might be interesting to discover that you must approach it quite differently than learning a sport or a new subject in school. How did you do? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment…

This video is for lying down meditation. Check it out.

And yes, I am qualified to teach meditation as a certified meditation instructor! Oh, and if you want to learn the basics of a solitary meditation retreat, click here.


  • Rebecca Z

    Reply Reply December 29, 2008

    Hi Jayson, great videos! I’ve always been interested in starting meditation. Thanks for sharing those.

  • Dennis Dalton

    Reply Reply April 1, 2009

    Thanks for the tips man. I am going to get into this!

  • Dan

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    The video's have “been removed by user” ?

    Loving the article

  • Nice video and also nice blog.I like the concept of Vipassana meditation and I'll try this method.Before this I used some common
    meditation techniques to refresh my mind.
    Thanks for this blog,I'll share it with my friends.

  • Jayson

    Reply Reply April 20, 2011

    You are most welcome.

Leave A Response

* Denotes Required Field