Meditation is one of the most talked about techniques for keeping the mind peaceful and healthy, yet most people fail to incorporate it into their daily routine!
Why is that? Is it because meditation is hard or that you need to be a certain type of person to practice it? Well, no. Meditation is a highly simple practice that only requires a little bit of awareness and a little bit of persistence.
There are plenty of definitions of meditation floating around the internet. Some people claim that meditation is a form of mind control; far from it. You don’t have anything to be scared of when it comes to meditation.
Just like any other habit, sticking to a meditation routine requires perseverance and a lot of enthusiasm; but once you start seeing the change, the enthusiasm comes naturally.
Here are Five Things You Can Do in 2018 That will Help You Stick to Your Meditation Practice:
Write a Goal Statement
A big secret of most successful people is that they set goals and stick to them. Setting a goal is extremely important and if you don’t have any goals then you won’t have any idea about where you want to go or where you are going.
So it is with meditation. If you want to start meditating and want to stick to it, then you should establish some meditation goals.
You need to decide that for how long and often you are going to practice it and from where you will learn the techniques of meditation.
You don’t have to elaborate them but try to keep them specific. Afterward, write them on a piece of paper, paste it at such a place from where you can see it every day. But remember to be gentle with yourself; do not berate yourself if you feel you are not living up to it.
Start Meditating for Short Periods
Most people don’t have much time to meditate because of their busy schedules. But if you are a beginner, you don’t need to take out an hour for it. In the beginning, just take out 3-5 minutes from your daily schedule for meditation as it might be challenging for the beginner to sit still for a long time.
You can expand your time slowly, from 5 minutes to 10 minutes and so on.And if you keep waiting for the perfect time, it might never arrive; so start immediately. Find a quiet place where you can meditate for some time without being getting disturbed.
Set an Alarm on Your Phone to Remind You it’s Time to Meditate
Though a cell phone is a much-maligned device, yet it can help you with your meditation practice. Set an alarm on your phone that will remind you that it is time to take a break and devote some time for practicing meditation. Choose a time according to your convenience, for e.g.it can be early in the morning or at the time of sunset.
Once the alarm on your phone starts ringing, just switch it off and put your phone in silent mode. Like this, you can start concentrating on your meditation and can stick to it every day.
Join a Meditation Group
Joining a meditation group can help you stick to your meditation schedule and make you more committed towards your meditation practice. This will also help you to learn the right techniques of meditating and you can get the support of others who want to make their lives better.
A simple way is to find a meditation group in your locality and start attending it regularly.
Don’t Forget to Breathe
If you have ever practiced meditation, then you know that your breath is the most important aspect of your practice. Sure you are aware of your breath while meditating but you can make the most of your breath at other times as well. Especially when you feel rushed!
A technique is to become aware of your breath for a few seconds at regular intervals. Suppose you are in a great hurry and get inside your car to go somewhere.
You can make it a point to sit in your car and breathe for 30 seconds. Your mind may say that you don’t have time but everyone has a few seconds to breathe.
As Eckhart Tolle says, “One conscious breath in and out is a meditation”. May 2018 be the year when you make meditation a daily habit!