If you're a beginner with meditation then there are probably a hundred and one things buzzing through your mind. After all, you want to not just make sure that meditation is right for you, but you also want to know that the meditation program you choose is the best choice you can make. Here are some things to look for to help you make the right decision.
Start with finding out how easy your chosen meditation process is to learn. Some meditation methods are almost second nature and don't involve much (if any) learning on your part whilst others take years of practice to achieve the kind of perfection you're probably striving for.
Most beginners start with some form of guided meditation. This takes the guesswork out of the process as you simply follow along to the MP3 that you're playing. Guided meditations are a great way to start and also have the advantage that they're cheap and also available for lots of different options. So you could choose one that helps with your overall health or one that will assist you with connecting to your higher self or one that will help you to use the law of attraction to bring abundance into your life. There are hundreds if not thousands of these guided meditation tracks available on the web - you simply need to choose ones that suit your current purpose and where the voice is one that you get along with. If there's a sample of the track, listen to it before purchasing.
Another meditation program that's often chosen by beginners is a breathing meditation. Again, this falls into the "simple to use" category as you already instinctively know the basics of the system - breathing.
Much like the guided meditations, a breathing meditation will have a set of instructions for you to follow. These could be in MP3 format or they could simply be a sheet of instructions that you need to read through and use. You'll know which of these methods suits you best - some people prefer the speed of being able to skim down a PDF or Word document whereas others prefer to listen to the instructions on their iPad as they go along. Choose the method that you're most likely to prefer.
A third meditation program that you may come across is one that uses binaural beats to recreate a meditative state in your mind. This is kind-of similar to a guided meditation except that there are normally no words, just a backing track of natural sounds or music to disguise the fairly ugly noise of the binaural beats themselves.
The beats are designed to be slightly different in tone - one tone played into one ear, the other played into your other ear. Your mind then tries to match up the two almost identical beats and, in doing so, takes itself into a deep meditative state. Whilst you can create this kind of program yourself, it's better to use a system that's been designed and recorded by professionals. These are simple to use and inexpensive. They're also claimed to help you reach the same kind of deep meditative state achieved by Zen monks but without the years of practice.