So you're ready to start a regular meditation practice.
The benefits of sitting quietly, listening and observing, and finding peace won you over, and you're ready to hit the ground running.
But where do you start? How do you stay focused? When do you carve out time to sit and meditate for 30 minutes a day?
Here are 4 simple steps for making the beginning stage as easy as possible.
1 | Take mindfulness meditation for a test drive
Mindfulness meditation aims to shift our relationship to our thoughts, and simply become more familiar with the nature and habits of our mind.
Through this practice over time, you may begin to notice greater stability, strength, and clarity in your thinking. This is the foundation for habits to transform so that our heart can awaken to our own basic goodness, and also to the basic goodness in the world.This meditation practice is appropriate for the absolute beginner.
2 | Choose a place to meditate
Now that you have an idea of which type of meditation you are going to practice, it's time to create a space to make things official.
Our tip for this space is that it is a quiet place where you will be left alone for a period of time. This could be your bedroom, next to a window, a local park, etc. Anywhere will do, as long as you can be sure that you will have the space to remain uninterrupted.Then, you will want to bring a pillow or a thick blanket with you to sit on. When it comes to sticking to a meditation practice, you want to make sure that you are comfortable and sitting with good posture - and the blanket and pillow will help!
3 | Commit to meditate first thing in the morning
Your mind and psyche is fresh when you first wake up for the day. Taming your mind can be a more enjoyable process when you don't have the experiences of the day constantly trying to interrupt, that's why it is suggested to meditate early in the day.
Set your alarm or a reminder on your phone to meditate as soon as you finish getting ready for the day. Begin the morning in silence, drink a little coffee or tea, and then find your comfortable seat and begin your practice. This may seem daunting at first, but we promise that this time will begin to become sacred for you and you won't want to begin your day without it.
4 | Find a meditation recording to practice with
At this point, you have found your meditation practice, space, and carved out time on your schedule. All that's missing is the 'how to' behind it all.
There are some really great phone applications that can help out: Headspace, Simple Habit, and Calm are a few well known options.It would also be worth the time to work individually with a teacher you trust. This not only helps you be more accountable and disciplined to your practice, but you are more likely to listen to the cues from someone you know and love.
We truly believe that everyone can find an accessible meditation practice...even those of us who are Type A! Taking these first steps will help you stay accountable to your goal and we’re confident that it will ultimately help you find more inner peace and clarity.
Have you began a meditation practice? How did it go/is it going?