Here are some ideas for making your meditation practice a part of your everyday life.
>> Commit. First, and most important, commit to a daily practice. And…when we say daily…we mean commit to a regular practice and do it as much as you can. Don’t worry if you miss 1, 2 or 3 days…just jump back in. Do the best that you can.
>> Find a Space that you Love. Try to create an inviting space at home or even at work. This will make the commitment to practice that much easier. It doesn’t matter if it’s sitting up in your bed first thing in the morning or finding a spot on the couch. Just knowing that there is one ‘space’ where you can be quiet, undisturbed and go back to time and time again will make a big difference.
>> Find the Right Time of Day. Schedule your meditation time during a time of day that makes the most sense for you. Many people love to meditate first thing in the morning. The trick is to find the time that works for you and is easy enough to stick with it.
>> Practice Regularly. If there’s one obstacle that is most common, it’s fitting meditation into already busy schedules. As you begin, experiment with different ways to practice. If you only have 2 minutes, stick with our Quick Breaks collection of 2 minute meditations. If longer practices seem intimidating, stick with the shorter ones. If your morning is filled with too much activity and a lot of rushing around, try to meditate before relaxing into bed.
>>Adopt a Beginners Mind. Be truly curious as you begin your meditation practice. Try not to judge a wandering or monkey mind. That happens. Just be with whatever your experience is, and keep practicing.
Elisha also says:
The more you practice, the better you will get at noticing choices in your life and being more intentional about bringing your attention back to what matters most.
Practices are most effective when you bring your heart into.
Ultimately, you’re doing this practice because you care enough about yourself to make the time.
Know that there will be days when you skip your practice…forgive yourself and begin again.
Mastery happens when we begin again, and again. And investigate our obstacles so we can learn and grow.
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is cofounder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles. He is a psychologist, author, and speaker who synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing, offering practical strategies to calm our anxious minds, transform negative emotions, and facilitate inner peace.