There are just as many forms of meditation as their are benefits to be gained from meditating. For most of us with busy lives, the hardest part of meditation is just getting ourselves to do it. Afterwards, there's the infamous recognition of, "Why didn't I do that sooner", or "I should do this more often". Well, it's true we all could probably stand to meditate more, because let's face it, meditating once a week is not going to cut it. To reap the full benefits of meditation, we should be doing it at least once a day. Ideally, we should make time to meditate twice or three times a day. And remember, you can meditate anywhere.
These days, you can even meditate online. Website's like Meditainment are devoted to exactly that. Designed for people on the go or who spend a large part of their time on the computer, there is a wide range of downloadable guided meditations at the click of the mouse. Available in MP3 form, these meditations are set to beautifully peaceful music soothing voices to take you on a guided journey corresponding to the specific aim of each meditation. At Meditainment, downloadable meditations cover everything from Stress Release, Energy Recharge, Confidence Building and Inner Peace. They also offer a selection of CD's and a customizable DVD in their meditation library.
Another option to help you get started meditating is to take meditation classes. For example, here in New York City, the Integral Yoga Institute offers meditation and yoga workshops and courses. While the workshops are a great introduction meditating, many of the courses last for three weeks or more and help to solidify habits to keep you meditating on your own and integrating meditation more as a way of life, rather than a weekly ritual. Again, the variety of meditations is practically infinite. For example, Gong Tone Meditation is a primordial practice that will connect you to the timeless. Laughter meditation will help you connect to the happiness and joy within. Visualization meditations are excellent for attracting what you want in your life.
And of course, you can meditate on your own in the comfort of your own home and sacred space. Creating a sanctum with candles, a mirror, incense burner, pictures and anything else of spiritual value and significance is an excellent way to integrate meditation and spirituality in your life more. If possible, keep your sanctum set up permanently in a private area of your home and the space will soon be charged with tons of positive vibrations.