There is no book that can teach the individual how to meditate, for it is ultimately the way you connect to your inner most self, the sub conscious, and even what is described as the soul. The best place to discover yourself is to find a place that feels perfect to you, in every aspect, aesthetically, emotionally, it should be calming, a place of ultimate relaxation, at that point close your eyes and disappear into the abyss that is your inner self, and transform that abyss into an open field of knowledge and understanding. Speaking into your mind words of comfort repeatedly oftentimes can help you slip into a deep state of meditation.
Thanks guys. I understand what both of you are saying. It is afterall the connection between conscious me and subconscious me and a book can very well help understand that connection. My question is, however, once i find that 'perfect place' (although, after speaking to some people they told me that after a while you can practically learn to do it anywhere), is that i often lose focus way too quickly, and i guess that causes me to give up practicing. So what I'm looking for are tips, to help me learn fundamental ideas, because i really want to practice doing it properly
Meditation is self-exploration, learning self exploration comes from oneself, not the ideas of others. Meditation is purely individual to each person. I meditate quite a bit and this is the reality of meditation, it can take a long time to find out how you best connect to your self conscious mind, but once discovered it is a beautiful bit of mastery. If you follow the steps of how others came to master meditation then you are merely duplicating not creating your own spiritual passage.
A book can help someone understand what meditation is all about, and some things they can do to help them go into a state of meditation. If someone knows nothing about it, they cannot learn it on their own. What you said in your answer can be found in a book. (Not those exact words) but you know, a definition, an explanation, etc...
You should start off doing it somewhere comfortable for you that is quiet and calm, somewhere where there are no distractions between you and your mind, keeping in mind what I said above. Sometimes sitting in your room with the lights off can help.
Well, I would suggest reading books on the subject. A book on meditation would explain all the reasoning, and how it works in detail. Here is a link to some meditation books at Amazon.com :)
It's really more of a practice vs. learn thing. If you need a guided mediation, you can either buy a dvd/cd or you can just go to youtube and look through the guided mediation exercises and use one of those.
True, but I still think it helps to learn exactly what mediation is. I'm not saying read something that tells you step by step how to meditate, you like first sit down, second do this...etc.
Also, if you don't want to buy a book, you can check out some from your public library.
Well that's my point.