Whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner, having a strong foundation for your meditating is essential to build a consistent practice. Here are my suggestions for how to build your foundation:
- Choose a time which you can consistently set aside for your practice.
Mornings, late afternoons or early evenings is preferable to right before bed to prevent falling asleep.
- Choose a special spot for your practice.
Make it a sacred space that is used only for your practice and nothing else.
- Choose your preferred posture – sitting, kneeling, or lying down.
If you are not sure, start by sitting in a chair where you can maintain a relaxed but straight back. Some people find sitting cross-legged on a raised pillow easier. If you want to lie down, that’s find, just be sure not to fall asleep.
- Set a timer for the length of your practice, or used a timed guided meditation, if you prefer.
- If there are other people present when you are ready to practice, ask them not to disturb you. That includes pets and children!
- If you like, you can use headphones to listen to a guided meditation or block out extraneous noise.
Now, begin your meditation.
Please remember that learning to meditate is a skill and it may take a while for you to feel comfortable. If you notice you are judging yourself – “I’m too distracted. “I can’t stop thinking.” “This is too hard.” “I’m too restless,” etc. simply observe these thoughts and return your attention back to your breath. In time, you will notice this change. That is part of the practice.
What do you think of meditating as a daily practice?