Meditation is a certain quality. Never try to meditate, you will not be able to so. You will only be wasting your time. Never try to stop your mind. Just by closing your eyes, remaining in ‘guana mudra’ and sitting in lotus position, you cannot do meditation.
The only thing that you need to do is preparation. After you do the necessary preparations, when time comes, you will be meditative. There is no other way. When that time comes, you will know that you have become meditative.
Meditation is your original quality. You cannot miss it. In essence, you are just ‘awareness’ who is aware of its own existence. As awareness, you are a mere witness. You don’t do anything, you just witness. You just watch as things happen — in your body, in your mind, and in the whole cosmos. That is the real meaning of meditation.
What are the preparations?
Right now, every activity that you do is creating new karma that may entrap you in the circle of birth and death for many life times. You create new karma just because of one reason — that you are not ‘aware’ of what is happening. In this ignorance mode, your tendencies are working and you are reacting. That is all you are doing.
Now there are only three things that you need to do. If you do these things, you will stop creating new karma and meditation will happen soon.
Eat the right food. Eat fresh, seasonal, freshly cooked ‘sattvic food‘.
Let things go — do not react. Whatever happens in your life, just embrace it. Never react. Even when the greatest mishap happens in your life, let it go. Really, nothing is in your control in your life. It just appears so. Your job is to accept whatever happens and move on. This is knowledge of the truth. Embrace it in your life.
Be conscious of the present moment all the time. When you drink water, keep your attention in the process of drinking and nothing else. When you walk, just walk — feel the breeze and feel the motion of your body. Thoughts certainly arise in your mind but you just ignore them. Just watch as the thoughts come and go.
That is all you need to do!