When you are starting your meditative journey, you will find a lot of advice and tips on how to go about meditating. With the wide reach of the internet, there is a lot of information on the subject. Some of it is good, however some of it should be avoided. But how do you know which way to go?
You need to first understand what is NOT meditation. I have heard people say that meditation is being done even when you are slumbered on your couch watching TV. That is as far away from meditation as it gets!
I have also heard people say that meditation is concentration. This is also wrong. Sure you concentrate when meditating, I would even venture to say that meditation is a FORM of concentration, but one is not equal to the other one.
And meditation is definitely not a religion or a religious practice. We do use various rituals when meditating, by either lighting a candle or saying a small prayer before, or by sitting with the right posture, however this has really nothing to do with religion. You can be a very devout religious person and you can meditate. You can also be a confirmed atheist and still meditate.
And finally meditation is NOT spirituality. It is a form of spirituality if you choose it to be, but most of all it is a set of techniques that help us deepen our spirituality, learn more about ourselves and become more aware, while also learning how to relax and unwind after a hard day behind us.