How can I become more consistent with my meditation practice? I want to do this regularly.
There are many benefits to meditation- the hard part for most people tends to be doing it! We're here to help with learning and developing consistency in your practice.
Here are a few ways to approach it:
- Think carefully about when you are most likely and able to practice, and then fit 10 minutes into your routine so that over time it becomes a habit. First thing in the morning works best for many. Listening to an audio exercise on your commute is popular and seems to set up the day well. Others find that the best time is just before bed. This can work, but it can often initiate sleep before the exercise ends!
- Set realistic expectations for your practice; expect your experience with developing a new habit to be turbulent. Mindfulness is not about getting rid of all thoughts — it is about noticing what thoughts are there. Don’t be surprised if some days your mind is busy, fretful, or even wildly unruly. When this is the case, practice curiosity and the art of allowing.
- Notice times when you begin to be more mindful and acknowledge the impact this brings to you and others. Seeing the benefits in your practice is essential to continuing.
- If you feel comfortable doing so, tell those closest to you at work and home that you are trying to build a mindfulness practice. Tell them how they can help and support you.
- Connect with others who are interested in becoming more mindful. You can encourage and challenge each other to keep to the practice.