Spring always brings new energy. This makes it the perfect time to take stock of the year so far and refocus our attention on what is important. Meditation is an important practice — yoga itself is only moving meditation — but one that it is easy to let slide.
For a lot of us, yoga is easier to stick with thanks to the energising physical element. Sitting meditation, on the other hand, can seem dull or difficult or unimportant.
However, it has many proven benefits, and the discipline of practicing meditation is in itself a growth experience. So why recommit yourself to meditation practice this spring?
Sit for just two minutes. This will seem ridiculously easy, to just meditate for two minutes. That’s perfect. Start with just two minutes a day for a week. If that goes well, increase by another two minutes and do that for a week. If all goes well, by increasing just a little at a time, you’ll be meditating for 10 minutes a day in the 2nd month, which is amazing! But start small first.
Do it first thing each morning. It’s easy to say, “I’ll meditate every day,” but then forget to do it. Instead, set a reminder for every morning when you get up, and put a note that says “meditate” somewhere where you’ll see it.
Don’t get caught up in the how — just do. Most people worry about where to sit, how to sit, what cushion to use … this is all nice, but it’s not that important to get started. Start just by sitting on a chair, or on your couch. Or on your bed. If you’re comfortable on the ground, sit cross-legged. It’s just for two minutes at first anyway, so just sit. Later you can worry about optimizing it so you’ll be comfortable for longer, but in the beginning it doesn’t matter much, just sit somewhere quiet and comfortable.
Check in with how you’re feeling. As you first settle into your meditation session, simply check to see how you’re feeling. How does your body feel? What is the quality of your mind? Busy? Tired? Anxious? See whatever you’re bringing to this meditation session as completely OK.
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How do you maintain a meditation practice? Share your tips in the comments!