Most of us are aware of the benefits we’d get from meditating as little as 10 minutes per day. Still, we find it hard to work into our busy lives. Below I’ve published a few tips to help you start meditating. Just get started, you’ll never be the same!
Tips To Help You Start Meditating
Start the night before. Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than normal. Say to yourself, “Tomorrow morning I am going to get up 30 minutes early to devote some time to myself”. Think positive thoughts. Ask yourself, “Am I really going to wake up and do this?”, answer yourself, “Yes! I am!” This may sound silly but it helps defeat the ambivalence we have towards self-discipline.
Skip the morning coffee (just for a bit!). Wash your face, brush your teeth, and get ready to sit comfortably somewhere. Don’t check your email – put you first! Light incense if you wish and find a place to sit. Make sure it’s as quiet and as comfy as possible.
Take a day off. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Schedule a day off if you’d like, or simply start over if you miss a day. Don’t beat yourself up or fall into the trap that if you miss a day you shouldn’t continue. This is the way we think sometimes, so prepare for it!
Commit to meditating for two weeks. After two weeks ask yourself if you feel better. Has meditation worked for you? Are you more focused? More relaxed? Usually, positive results are pretty clear and will help you commit to another two weeks. Little by little you will become a regular meditator. You’ll see
Meditate in the morning. It matters. There is magic in the morning and it will help set the tone for the rest of your day. If you can’t meditate in the morning (not won’t, but can’t) then before bed can help you process all the stresses of the day, etc., but PLEASE try to get up in the morning and have some YOU time.
Remember, this isn’t a skill to master. Meditation is a practice to devote yourself to, not a skill to master. If you fall asleep, dream, struggle to quiet your mind, etc., it’s fine. The biggest obstacle to beginning meditation is the incorrect idea that you must calm and focus your mind. Meditation is what you do when you meditate. There is no right or wrong way to do it. The test of meditation isn’t how you’re meditating, but how it is impacting your life.