Current meditation technique and success This describes how I am currently meditating and how well it's working out. Physical position: I sit in an exact spot in my room, on the floor, cross-legged. I put my wrists on my knees and put my hands in front of me. If I am lazy I leave my hands lax and let them hang there. If I am in a better mood I touch my forefingers and thumbs together like you see from real Hindu people meditaters, but I don't splay my fingers. I open the curtains and turn off all computers and TVs, and close my bathroom door so I can't hear the dripping shower. This is as much as I can do to to turn off distractions. I would also turn off a radio or CD player if I had one. I also like to do it in the morning. Perhaps it should be done first thing in the morning, as soon as I get out of bed, but I am not sure. Perhaps it should be the second thing. I set my microwave oven (I have a microwave oven) to make a timer for 20 minutes. I double-check to see if there are any distractions. If there are none I start the timer and go and sit down in the spot I've picked in the position I describe above. I probably ought to have a little better posture when I sit, but I don't think it's that important. I also like to be dressed normally (daytime clothes). I also keep my eyes closed or just slack in front of me, not looking at or focusing on anything, especially not outside. Mental position: I used to count (which was the only way I could meditate when I had no clocks in my room) to tell how long it was in my meditation. I also used to count just as the thing to focus on to meditate. I still do that. Actually today I just counted inhales and exhales, or tried to. The other techniques are to try to think of nothing by willpower, and to focus on breathing. I prefer the former, and actually I think it might work the best. It used to be harder to meditate when I had to keep opening my eyes to check on a clock somewhere. I have decided to go with a fixed time, twenty minutes for now, instead of stopping when I feel like I had accomplished something. I don't know if this is better or not, but it's probably fine for now. Also when I have a fixed time it encourages me to stop thinking and not waste time because I won't have another chance at it that day. That's the main point of meditation for me, to STOP THINKING. Most days I still think most of the period of meditation, but the thinking I do do is less intense and racing. Over all I don't think it's helping much except to get me to settle down overall. It's not really helping my mind much.