The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices and techniques designed to promote relaxation and build internal energy or life force (Chi, Qi, Ki, and Pranas). It is also used to develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health issues, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It is also a great tool that can be used to help children who tend to be hyperactive and/or unable to concentrate at school learn how to relax and focus.
Initially, a person attempting to bring meditation into their life for the first time should focus on their breathing, using slow and relaxed breaths. Take a long inhale and imagine amazing bright healing energy come in with each breath, then slowly exhale and imagine all the bad energy leaving your body. Start by counting to 10 with each inhale and exhale, then try to work your way up to 30 each time (it is even possible to take longer than a minute to inhale). This allows your brain to 1.) get oxygen and 2.) give your mind something to focus on. When thoughts start to pop into your head, acknowledge it, then let it go and focus back on your breathing. Imagine your thoughts being like balloons that keep popping up, so pop them and deal with them later. Focus on your breathing.
Meditation may be done sitting, standing, or in an active way (ex. tai chi, yoga, and the gym are just a few ways). With practice, meditation can become a healthy way of life!