With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s very easy to get caught up in going through the motions. Often times this leads to skipping the opportunity to train our minds, strengthen our intuition, and become aware of ourselves. The tips below will help you gain a healthy mind which will benefit you in all other aspects of your busy day:
Meditate first thing in the morning if you can. It will ensure it gets done, gets rid of any grogginess from your sleep and is a great way to start the day. It will also mean you are more likely to be mindful throughout the day.
If you choose to do it at another time of day, prioritize it. This means putting it in the diary and committing to it in the same way you would to any other kind of meeting. Whether it is 10 minutes or considerably longer, nothing is more important than the health of your mind.
Think “same time, same place.” When you are looking to develop a new practice, activity or habit, this simple motto will dramatically increase the likelihood of you doing it. Try to create a conducive environment in which you can immediately relax into and make it part of your daily routine.
Some people find it useful to “attach” their meditation to another daily activity to strengthen the habit.
For example, think “tea and then meditation,” or perhaps “shower and then meditation.” By doing this, we integrate the practice into a well-established routine that already exists.
Keep an “excuse book” close to hand. The idea of this is that when it’s time to do your meditation, if you choose not to do it for any reason, you write down why you are choosing not to do it. It may sound strange, but often when we see the excuse on paper, we realize that we really do have the time and that it really does matter.