Meditation is perhaps the most fundamental tool there is to get in touch with our spirit. When we meditate we enter the field of infinite possibilities, the gap between our thoughts. People meditate for all sorts of reasons: to sleep well, to unwind or overcome stress. Meditation will give you all these things, but its true purpose is spiritual development.
When you meditate, one of the three things can happen: first you might get restless or anxious, which indicates that you need to meditate more. Second, you may get drowsy and even fall asleep. This means you need more sleep.
The third experience is entering the gap between your thoughts. When this happens, you might get a tingling feeling. This sensation is the activation of your prana (life force).
By quieting your mind with this technique, you will silence your internal dialogue and get in touch with your soul.
To begin meditation, sit comfortably with your hands open on your knees. Observe your breath going in and out, with your eyes closed. Every time you breathe in, mentally repeat SO and then HUM when the breath goes out.
As you practice the SO-HUM mantra, you might feel sensations in your body or hear sounds in the environment, but try to focus on the mantra. Once your mind and body are quiet, inner energy is spontaneously awakened.
(Taken from http://www.suryasakti.org/inspiration.html)
"When we meditate, what we actually do is enter into the deeper part of our being. At that time, we are able to bring to the fore the wealth that we have deep within us." - Sri Chinmoy