So many of us throw in the sweat towel, before we’ve really given new healthy habits a chance. That’s because we try to push our poor little booty’s too hard too fast. The same thing happens when people are learning to meditate. Zen time brings so many benefits, making us happier and keeping our minds clear, so it’s no wonder it’s becoming more mainstream, but making meditation a part of your life can be sticky at first.
I’ve recently had heaps of people asking me how to begin a practice at home. So many of you are frustrated and confused. The first thing I’d say is, relax a little. Don’t try to go from zero to meditation-hero. Busy people might not be able to squeeze in twenty minutes in the morning and at night. Aiming for a commitment which is unrealistic for your lifestyle will only see you fail.
Instead, the best way to begin a meditation practice is to commit to just two minutes a day. Just. Two. Minutes. This short, sweet practice might organically expand to a few more minutes, and then a few more, as you begin to feel comfortable sitting still and you notice the delicious benefits.
I recommend you stop and drop into a comfortable position sitting on you bed, couch or the floor. Simply focus on your breath, feeling your tummy move in and out. Close your eyes and set a timer (I love the ‘Insight Timer’ app) and as your mind inevitably wanders, gently bring it back to the breath.
Don’t worry if you skip a few daily sessions, try again tomorrow, don’t give up…. and give peace a decent chance.