Then try these 4 easy steps instead:
1) Calm your mind and give it something light and easy to visualize without distraction for 15-20 minutes, once or twice a day.
2) Now, realize that you just meditated.
3) Realize how freakin' awesome your feel afterwards.
4) Realize it's not hard after all and do it every single day for the rest of your life.
Meditation Is Simple
Your mind is working constantly on thinking thoughts, working through problems, helping you drive safely, and keeping you from forgetting you have hot coffee in your hand so you don't pour it on yourself.
Most people only quiet their minds when they go to sleep. If their minds LET them go to sleep. But even then, not so much. Because the mind is still working and now it is in dreamland where anything is possible!
Meditation simply forces your mind to shut the heck up for a short time and take a break. The most famous beginning to any guided meditation starts off with "focus on your breathing" for a darned good reason. You're giving your mind a vacation. If you are focused on your breathing, and I mean really focused and not multi-tasking your thoughts, your mind gets the signal that it's ok to stop with the thinking already.
The Easiest and Fastest Way
Just get comfortable, sitting cross-legged or in a chair with your back straight, put your hands palms up on your knees or in your lap, close your eyes, take a deep breath in and exhale slowly several times.
You want to focus your mind on the breathing and every detail of it. How it feels when air flows in, and out. How your body tingles when it receives more oxygen than you've been giving it all day. That's called "Qi" (chi) energy and it feels way, way good.
Do this for 15 minutes.
You've meditated. Congrats! That truly is all there is to it at the basic level.
We'll be getting into many forms and styles of meditation here at Thrive Global Challenge and we'll learn from monks and all kinds of meditation experts along the way.
There's Nothing Stopping You
Right now you could be meditating. You don't need expensive shoes or other gear. Nothing to go shopping for. Nothing to put off what your mind and body are yearning to do right now and every day.
Close your eyes. Breathe deeply, slowly, and concentrate on that breathing for 15 minutes.