How to Stay Committed to Your New Meditation Routine
Have you ever started a new routine of some kind and then fell off the wagon rather quickly? It’s hard to stay committed to something when you’re just starting out, and that goes for something as dull to beginners as meditation. We live hectic lives, so the idea of simply letting it all go isn’t something that appeals to us – but that can change.
The solution is simply learning how to give in to your meditation routine and you’ll eventually love it. You’ll need some time, a little bit of effort and an open mind. Before you know it you’ll be a meditation addict.
Start small and work your way up.
First thing is first – you’ve got to crawl before you walk. Don’t schedule in time for a two hour long meditation session when you’re just starting out. Test the waters first. Meditate mindfully for 15 minutes your first week, then increase the time by 15 minutes every week you go.
One thing most people don’t think about before starting a meditation routine is how much effort it does take to meditate. While the idea of sitting and doing nothing seems easy, it’s actually quite difficult. Mindfulness meditation is about letting go of your mind and body and centering your thoughts on yourself and inspiration. Doing this for long periods of time can be quite difficult, so starting small is crucial.
Try other forms of meditation first.
Meditating isn’t exactly like the stereotypical image. You don’t have to sit cross-legged in a forest clearing with your fingers touching, “ohm”-ing to yourself. Meditation is essentially any practice that centers your mind in a tranquil way.
Practice meditative practices by using a writing meditation exercise. This kind of free form, “stream of consciousness” writing helps free your mind of clutter and gets you in the mind frame to let go off all the hectic thoughts you have every day.
Set and visualize your goals.
You aren’t meditating for no reason, right? What exactly IS the reason you’re meditating? Consider the goals you had in mind when you decided to start up a meditation routine and think about them heavily every time you consider flaking on your obligation.
Visualize the you that you want to see after the meditation’s positive effects start to take hold. You’ll be more relaxed, inspired and ready for the day. Isn’t that something worth working towards?
Make sure you schedule.
When you first commit to a routine, sticking to it is important. During this period of a routine, you’re vulnerable. Even missing out on one session in your first few weeks can lead to neglecting your duties and falling off the wagon.
To make sure you make no excuses for settling into your new meditation schedule, plan your meditation times for periods in your day where you’re most likely free. No skipping out on meditating because you’re getting ready for work or you need to make dinner. Pick the time that works best for you and stay committed to it.