Thanks to some earlier studies I have been practicing both meditation and visualization for a while. These two practices are a means to align one’s self with the universe. First, meditation releases us from our own mind and allows us to connect with our divine self. It is not something you can do in a day, week, or even a year, but consistency provides results. As the masters teach, you cannot turn off your mind but when thoughts come, let them pass or dissolve gently without following the story. Time is not as important as quality in meditation. If you are starting out, simply go for 5 mins each day. You’ll be amazed at the results. When you feel ready, increase your meditation time to between 10 and 15 mins. This is all the time needed, any more is up to you and what you want to achieve.
Visualization is in way the polar opposite of meditation. To perform meditation you want to reduce your thinking to as little as possible where in visualization you want to let your imagination loose but with some guidelines. 1) Be specific, that is the power of visualization. Imagine every detail as if you were there sensing everything. 2) Don’t think of how you got it, only that you do. Just like meditation, 10 to 15 mins is all you need, any more and you start to “water down” the image with how you got it, and then how you’ll lose it.