Meditation means a lot of different things, but at its heart is a quieting of the mind, which can boost your focus and general health. Audio Dharma offers six free recorded classes that introduces concepts and helps you through some early sits.
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Instructor Gil Fronsdal's perspective comes from Zen Buddhist training, but his meditation courses are taught as a secular introduction to the posture, breathing and thinking (or lack thereof) that gets your mind and body into a relaxed state. The first recording, in particular, has Fronsdal and his class sitting through a brief 10-minute meditation, followed by questions from the audience that you'll probably have, too. All six classes are available as free MP3 downloads or for streaming.
For another take on a restful mind exercise, stop by Discovery Health's articles offering a similar introduction to meditation. Found a good meditation resource of your own? Share it in the comments.
Introduction to meditation 2010 [Audio Dharma]