how to start a meditation practice
Updated: Aug 15, 2018
Use this as your formal invitation to start a meditation practice (if you needed it). Sometimes we just need that starting point to get things going. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "How the heck do I start a meditation practice???" Even though you may not want to hear this answer, it is necessary: You just have to start!
That being said, there are some things that made it much easier when I committed to starting a mediation practice. Lo and behold I give you.....
My top 5 tips for starting a meditation practice:
Routine, routine, routine. They say it takes 21 days to make a practice a habit. So you need to make meditation a routine. Set aside a time in your day when you will be most likely to get it done. For me this meant waking up a little bit earlier and working it into my morning asana practice. If mornings aren’t your thing, set up a better time, maybe before bed or after dinner. The time honestly doesn’t matter, it just has to work for you! When I first started, I would set a reminder in my calendar. Even though I knew it was coming each morning, it made it more real to have it in my calendar. The other nice thing about having it in my calendar was that if I hit the snooze button (guilty) and missed it, I could reschedule it in my calendar for a later time.
Make it a date with yourself. Treat yo self. Make it special. Set your calendar to remind you of the special occasion if that’s what you gotta do. Meditation is self care and self care is self love. It’s important. Make it a priority.
Create a space that is inviting and also serves as a reminder. Find a space and make it a zen den. The more inviting and comfy it is, the more you will want to spend time there. Get pillows, a meditation cushion, candles, crystals, plants, anything you love. Another great benefit of having a meditation space is that every time you pass it, you will remember to meditate and it will also remind you how good it feels to clear your mind and breathe in that space… ahhhhhhh.
Use tools to get started. By tools I mean guided meditations on YouTube, apps like the Calm app (my favorite!), soft music in the background, meditation timers, etc. These days if you name it, they have it in the app store. The Calm app has epic features that really make meditation accessible and cater to your needs. Meditation timer apps also really helped me stay in the moment and not worry about what time it was and if I was now running out of time for whatever I was doing next. I love setting up the timer for exactly how long I have, sometimes just 1 minute, and getting lost in my breathe without wanting to open my eyes every 10 seconds to check the clock. The tools are here to help you! Use them!
Have patience with yourself and let go any expectations for meditating. I get it, you want to rock meditation right off the bat. I hate to break it to you but you will probably get frustrated more often than not if you hold on to expectations of what your meditation practice should look like, feel like, and how long it should last. Let that ish go and enjoy. Noone is watching you and you will never regret meditating.
Off you go… enjoy the journey.