In today's world of technology and rapid change, people are finding less and less time to cast aside their worries and focus on themselves. We so often get up in the morning, rush to work, and before we can stop to think, our day is finished and it's time to start all over again. Of course staying physically healthy is important, but most people in the health and wellness community agree that mental health is just as important too. One way of achieving this is through meditation. Meditation has been practiced by different cultures for thousands of years as a way of dealing with stress, and during that time various techniques have been developed too. For example, in addition to saying their prayers, Buddhists make an effort to spend a few hours meditating every day. Their technique focuses on compassion and understanding. They say that by thinking of negative events in our lives as positive events, we can rid our minds of negativity, and therefore focus on compassion for other people instead. Another famous technique is called "concentrative meditation". In this method a person focuses their eyes on a single point, like a candle flame or a picture on the wall, and repeats a certain word or phrase. Whenever they have any distracting thoughts, they can let them go by re¬focusing on the object they were looking at before, and this helps to improve overall concentration. The breathing technique is the simplest and best meditation technique for a beginner. This technique involves putting aside normal thoughts, and focusing on breathing instead. If you are new to meditation, it's okay. Anyone can meditate, and here are some easy instructions you can try at home to get started.