There’s a reason meditation’s gone mainstream. It will change your life. Like seriously change your life. When you begin to meditate on the regular (think daily or at least 5 days a week), you’ll have a better understanding of how significant these changes can be.
If you’ve put off meditating (or even meditating regularly) by telling yourself you don’t have time, you don’t know how, you don’t think it will work, you didn’t like it in the past…you owe it to yourself to give it a try.
Even a little meditation can go a long way. Just 10 minutes a day can dramatically improve pretty much ALL areas of your life. Aside from stress relief, better sleep, and increased feelings of wellbeing, a regular meditation practice can improve relationships, help with anxiety, alleviate depression, and increase productivity.
What I’ve Learned from a Daily Meditation Practice…
Meditation has made me more aware. It has allowed me to stay much calmer in the face of chaos. It has helped me work through some seriously deep issues and allowed me to gently let go of what no longer serves me.
A daily meditation practice has made me softer while increasing my strength. It has made me a better mother and allowed me to approach this role with less resistance. Meditation has helped me dramatically reduce the anxiety I’ve lived with my entire life. It has helped with the way I react to situations out of my control. And as I continue my commitment to meet myself on my meditation mat every morning, I continue to love myself more each day. And accept who and where I am on this journey.
What I’ve learned from a daily meditation practice hasn’t happened overnight. I’ve been committed to a regular meditation practice for years. I’ve immersed myself in the mirage of my mind. And I haven’t always liked what I’ve found. I’ve worked through the uncomfortable moments that arise when you sit with your thoughts, even when I didn’t want to think the things I was thinking.
But as I’ve continued to do so, I’ve come to realize that every day, I lose a little more of the person I no longer wish to be. I continue to let go of what doesn’t serve me, while I continue to further embrace what does.
4 Ways to Make Meditation a Regular Part of Your Daily Routine
Meditating daily all comes down to making the commitment to yourself to do so. You’re either going to decide to start meditating every day or you’re not. Simple. It’s up to you (and only you) to dedicate 5-10 minutes a day to mastering the makings of your mind.
1. Pick a Time and Place That Works for You
The objective is to pick a time that works for you and stick to it. While meditating first thing in the morning before you start the business of your day is recommended, this doesn’t work for everyone. I personally try to meditate between 6:30 and 7am, but I know plenty of people who don’t care to function quite so early.
When you make a commitment to a daily meditation practice, pick a time that works and meditate the same time each day. This could be whenever, but the morning and evening are typically the most favorable times of the day to meditate. Commit to the same time and same place and you’ll soon start to find yourself looking forward to these moments of meditation.
If you’ve got to set your alarm for 20 minutes earlier each day, do it. The 5-10 minutes you spend in meditation are seriously so worth getting up a few minutes earlier in the morning. Hate mornings? Commit to a nighttime practice. Pick a time and stick as closely as you can to that time each day.
2. Create a Comfortable Environment
One of the goals of meditation is to become as comfortable as possible while focusing on your breath. Creating a comfortable environment that’s conducive to your meditation practice will help tremendously when making meditation a part of your regular routine. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a quiet space you can sit or lay down for ten minutes where you’ll be comfortable without interruption.
While many people like light candles or some incense while meditating, there’s no reason you have to do so if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to create an atmosphere that makes you comfortable and is inviting. I personally light three candles on my altar every morning. One honoring the past, one honoring the present, and one honoring the future and all that is yet to come. I burn incense…and I surround myself with crystals. This is the atmosphere that I personally feel comfortable in.
When it comes to your personal practice though, you do you. Because when you do and you create a comfortable environment that is conducive to you, you’re going to find you want to meet yourself for meditation every day. It’s then you’ll begin to experience the miracles that exist when you take the time to sit with your mind.
3. Eradicate Your Excuses Not to Practice
As beneficial as it is, meditation isn’t always the most enjoyable experience. As much as I love meditating, I still find myself coming up with excuses some days of why I don’t necessarily need to sit that day. I woke up too late, I’m tired, I don’t think it’s working, blah blah blah…
The thing is, all these excuses do is keep you from experiencing what happens when you consistently meet yourself to meditate every day. You’re keeping yourself from experiencing the truth of who you are. You’re keeping yourself from experiencing the limitless potential you contain.
Eradicate your excuses not to meditate and you’re eventually going to find yourself eradicating all those things that don’t serve your greatest good. After all, when you make excuses, you’re just keeping yourself from experiencing who you really are and the limitless potential you contain.
4. Adapt to the Changes Around You
When I committed to a daily meditation practice almost a year ago, I ended up unexpectedly moving very soon after I made this vow to myself. Because I had felt such a shift just a couple months in, I knew I needed to keep the commitment I had made to myself.
I basically adapted to my situation…and found ways to still get my meditation on. Moving unexpectedly sucks. And it can be super stressful. But I somehow knew that through it all I just had to keep breathing. Even if this meant focusing on ten breaths at a time, a few times throughout the day.
The comfortable environment we’ve created for our meditation practice isn’t always going to be there. The only constant in life after all, change. Adapt to the changes around you though, and you’re going to start to find miracles in that daily meditation practice of yours.
The Reality of Regular Meditation
Let me be honest about something. Meditation will most likely bring up a lot of shit you’d rather not deal with. We’re all so accustomed to letting our thoughts run wild, that when we begin to tame those monkeys in our mind, we end up coming face to face with a lot of the things we’d rather not. We subconsciously repress things with mindless thinking for a reason.
Facing our thoughts and emotions and feelings isn’t easy. But when we begin to control the thoughts we think (which meditation will totally help you do), our thoughts no longer control us. We begin to create the reality we want to see, rather than wondering why our life isn’t working the way we want it to.
You have nothing to lose by promising yourself that you’ll begin to meditate every day. And if you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up over it. Just meet yourself the next day, with an open mind and an open heart. Try it for 30 days, and I guarantee your life will totally transform.