These will all seem like common sense when you read them, but actually finding the time, place, and concentration for this exercise is more difficult than you'd think!
1. Choose a convenient time - Meditation is essentially relaxation time, so it should be done entirely at your convenience. If you can, try to meditate near sunrise or sunset.
2. Choose a quiet place - Find a place where you are not likely to be disturbed.
3. Sit in a comfortable position - Do not stress about keeping a perfect posture if it is not comfortable for you. Be relaxed and comfortable. Make sure your shoulders and neck are relaxed as well!
4. Have a Relatively Empty Stomach - After food, you might doze off while meditating. Try meditating before a meal.
5. Start with a warm up - My meditation usually takes place after a yoga practice, so try to do a few downward dogs, or basic stretches to relax your body and mind.
6. Take a few deep breaths - Like warming up your muscles, taking a few deep breaths will ready your body for the meditation exercise.
7. Keep a gentle Smile on your face - You'll be amazed by the amount of stress you can relieve if you keep a small smile on your face. This is a great way to enter a calming, gentle place in your meditation.
8. Open your eyes slowly - As you come close to the end of the meditation, don't be in a hurry to open your eyes and start moving about. Open your eyes slowly and gradually.