How to Meditate for Clarity, Intuition, and Guidance

I want to talk to you about something that has been absolutely essential on my path to success…

That something is meditation.

Learning how to meditate can help you to achieve success faster because when your mind is clear and focused, and your body is relaxed and calm, you can access information, both internal and external, that can help you make better decisions.

The more you meditate, the more access you have to your intuition. Keep reading and I’ll show you how to meditate with a simple meditation exercise that I enjoy using.

Three of the sources of my greatest successes came to me while I was meditating – the title for Chicken Soup for the Soul, which has become a brand worth several hundred million dollars, and the inspiration for the creation of the Transformational Leadership Council and for our Online Train the Trainer Program which teaches people how to teach the success principles.

There are many different forms of meditation that have been developed over thousands of years in many diverse cultures. I teach several of them in my Awakening Power audio program and you can learn one technique from the guide below.

Learning to meditate is a journey, this guide will help you take the right steps. Download my free 4-Step Meditation Guide.

What is meditation?

Meditation is a practice where you train your mind or induce a state of consciousness, either to realize some benefit, such as relaxation, stress reduction, healing, strengthening your life force, or developing certain qualities such as love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. Focusing on breathing, visualizations, mantras or meditation music can help bring mindfulness to the present moment, which sets the stage to calm your mind.

It can also be used to access inner wisdom and insight from your own higher unconscious or from a Universal power often referred to as God, infinite Intelligence, Universal Consciousness, or Source. It is also a powerful tool for accessing your creativity, your inner wisdom and developing your intuition.

Here are the basics of one of the most powerful guided meditation techniques that I simply call The 4-Part Meditation. It is so powerful because it integrates four different forms of meditation into one simple practice. This is also a great place for beginners to start when first learning how to meditate and can be practiced sitting in a chair, lying down in a bed or using a yoga mat on the floor. It is extremely effective at improving concentration and mindfulness.

Follow these simple meditation tips to learn this technique:

Simple Meditation: The 4-Part Meditation Technique

1. Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and focus on slowing down your breathing

First, find a quiet place, close your eyes, focus on slowing down your breathing by taking four long, deep, slow breaths, and then imagine white or golden light starting in your left foot slowly moving up through the entire left side of your body and then down your right. Do this three times.

2. Repeat an uplifting word or phrase

Second, you repeat an uplifting word or phrase such as "re-lax," "so-ham," "I am love," or, "I am in the universe and the universe is in me," silently over and over, for about 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Move into a state of quiet

Third, you stop the repetition of your word or phrase and just move into a state of quiet, receptive observation, just noticing any thoughts, feelings or physical sensations that arise in your consciousness for 3 to 4 minutes.

If you find yourself lost in thought, just return to that neutral witness position of observing the thoughts. It’s like you’re standing on a river watching boats slowly floating by. If you find yourself in a boat, just step back out onto the shore and start observing again.

4. Imagine yourself surrounded by a sphere of light

Fourth, spend a few minutes imagining yourself surrounded by a spotlight or sphere of white light. And after a minute or two of that spend the remaining minute or two visualizing your life goals as already achieved.

This step sends your intention out to the universe and helps attract to you people, resources and opportunities for the fulfilment of your goal.

a woman meditates on the beach at sunset

Meditation takes practice and is a natural progression

The thought of learning how to meditate can be intimidating to some beginners as there are several types of meditation, such as Mindfulness, Transcendental, Kundalini, Qi Gong, Zazen and Vipassana... but new practitioners should not get lost in complicated details. 

Just focus on improving one session at a time. 

Whatever form of meditation you do, remember that you can’t do it wrong. Whatever you are experiencing is fine. Don’t expect to have a totally clear mind or to achieve enlightenment overnight. Meditation is a daily discipline that you practice for years, but the benefits are so profound.

When you first start, 12 to 20 minutes is plenty. Over time you will find that you will want to meditate longer. It is a natural progression. I usually set the timer on my iPhone for 20 minutes. 

If you don’t have 20 minutes, just 5 minutes of concentrating on the sensation of your breath either by focusing on the sensation of the air coming in and out of your nose or the sensation of the rise and fall of your chest is better than nothing.

Eventually, you will notice these instructions become second nature and your mind will be easier to calm by using the exercises. Be sure to focus on your breath and the sensations of inner peace and relaxation will follow closely.

Practice these methods to calm your mind

Now, here’s your homework to complete after reading this.

Get into a comfortable position and focus on your breath. You can focus your mind on one of your personal affirmations.

Another way to calm the mind is by visualizing a peaceful scene such as clouds floating by or the waves on a windy lake growing calmer and calmer. Start by doing this for at least 5 minutes every day, then build on the amount of time you spend meditating, and in a few weeks, reassess how you feel mentally and physically.

In addition to peace of mind, I guarantee you’ll notice increased clarity and energy in your life.

Leave a comment below and let me know if you’ve ever tried meditation and, if so, in what ways it has it benefited you?

Learning how to meditate is a journey, this guide will help you take the right steps

The process of learning how to meditate correctly doesn’t need to be overcomplicated. Due to its simple nature, the proven psychological benefits will gradually grow stronger and stronger, improving your emotional and mental health with every session. As a result, you will make room for more success in your life by removing mental clutter that weighs down your cycle of completion.

If you would like to start practicing meditation, then I strongly encourage you to download my free 4-Step Meditation Guide. It will help you understand the techniques used to reduce stress, overcome anxiety, clear your mind and listen to your intuition so you can tackle any challenge in life with clarity and ease.

Click the button below to get my 4-Step Meditation Guide absolutely free.

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  • Leisa Olson

    great information ... I personally find it difficult to stay focused on your wonderful presentation when there is music in the background, It is not a pleasant experience for me. Thank you for the download and I will begin studying it as soon as it arrives.

    • Thank you for the feedback, Leisa. I will take it into consideration.

    • Conor O'Donovan

      can't please all of the people all of the time. I think the music is just fine... deadlock:)

  • JChris Sarmiento

    Hi Jack! Can you please let me know how far I am in becoming expert in meditating. I've reach the point where I can tell my whole body to relax to the extent that I can feel the energy surrounding my body (at least it felt like it because I can feel all the hairs on my body rising).

    And can you please tell me what to do next?

    Thanks and best regards.

    • Hello, JChris! It sounds to me like you are having success with your meditation practice. It takes many people a long time to tune into the energy surrounding their body. The next step is to examine your thoughts during your meditation practice. Are you able to direct your thoughts internally and focus on your breath, or do your thoughts tend drift off to tasks you need to accomplish and random happenings? I think a next great step for you is to create a personal affirmation to repeat periodically throughout your practice!

  • Steve Gooch

    I need this desperately. My life is falling apart right now in so many ways. And I am stuck. I don't even know where to begin to solve all the problems. I need this a lot.

    • Hi Steve,

      You need to start thinking positive. See what you have written.

      My life is falling apart
      I am stuck
      I don't even know where to begin to solve all the problems

      Just shift your focus towards the positive things and start thinking good like my life is good, I wanna thank god for good health and loving family etc...

      • Great advice, Shiv. A positive mindset is essential in attracting a positive outcome!

    • I'm sorry to hear you are facing some challenges right now, Steve. Just know that you have the power to change your situation, the first step being to change your outlook. Meditation will help you channel your thoughts in a positive direction and tap into your intuition. I will be sending positive thoughts your way. Best of luck! -Jack

  • жанна мадич

    Thank you Jack. I like your videos and posts very much and I am 100% sure we'll meet one day. I don't know why tears are coming out of my eyes and my heart is beating every time I think about it. I love doing meditations but I practice this from time to time. Lack of discipline takes me away from my success.

    • You are very welcome! I too feel my heart rate increase when I have an undeniably clear visualization of my goals. Continue your practice and success will follow. Best of luck! -Jack

  • You are welcome, Daniel!

  • jayant chaudhari

    Yog Guru Maharishi Patanjali has compiled the Sutras Or steps for Meditation.
    Dhyan -Dharana-Samadhi in that order he has prescribed.
    Dhyan means concentration on one particular thing or a chant
    Dharna means continuation of concentration on that particular chant or object.
    And if you achieve Dharna for longer time continuously that is The Samadhi.

  • Austine Edim

    Thank you, Mr. Canfield. This was a very great read; will help us in many ways. I'm wondering why you didn't add a chapter on mediation on your very ''exhaustive'' book, The Success Principles''--such a powerful tool that was to me. Bought and read it completely three years ago. Thanks for all you and your friend Tony Robbins are doing to increase the quality of life for people across the world.

    Will ask a favour from you, Mr. Canfield. I am an author too and life coach residing here in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja. I have authored two books previously on personal achievement and human potential. Just finished a third one titled, ''Uncovering Inner Possibilities (Understand Your Infinite Potential and Path to Sovereign Wealth) that we're sending to the press by the end of the month.

    I am asking if you can write me a blurb to include in the comment page please? With your gracious accession, i will send a PDF copy of the book through your mail for you to read through and write the short blurb as you'd please. It will be a life-changing honour for me, Sir, and i wish to anticipatorily appreciate you for this. Will wait for your reply please.

    Thanks again and God bless

  • GREAT!!!
    Thank you Mr.Jack. After read ur Book "Chicken Soup for the Soul"
    We want buy Chicken Farm for Kolonel Sanders KFC. Wish me LUCK. :)

  • Sunil

    Thank you Jack. This is wonderful. This takes me back to something I practiced earlier and did wonders. Great work done by you...!

  • Niranjan Hande

    Dear Jack, I want to know how many time you mediatate in a day and when? please let me know sir.

    • Hi Niranjan. I try to meditate when I feel I need to take moments to myself and reflect. You can see the steps I take to meditate here: