One of the biggest struggles that people face when first starting out with meditation is to create consistency. In the hustle and bustle of life, it is easy to forget to do things that haven’t become part of the daily habit. The only problem with forgetting one meditation session is that you’ve actually started on the first day of a new habit… of not meditating!
Beginners are often targeted when it comes to creating consistency within a meditation routine, but even folks who are advanced in this practice can find it rather easy to get out of the practice and then struggle to get back into it. If you’re ready to create a more consistent experience, then here are the 3 key things you need to do to make it happen for you.
1. Don’t Make Things To Complicated
The easiest mistake to make and one we’re all guilty of is to make things complicated when they’re really quite simple. It’s a symptom of living in a society that focuses on instant gratification. When you make time to meditate, you should already be meditating like a master, right? Wrong.
Instead of trying to force yourself into a small box with a large goal, give yourself a large box with a small goal instead. Begin by setting a goal to meditate at some point during the day. When you achieve this, set a more specific goal of meditating for at least 10 minutes. When you achieve that, then begin progressing your goals toward more and more specific items and you’ll end up achieving your results not instantly, but faster than you might believe.
2. Find Consistency, Even If Only In One Place
After a busy day at work, it can be nearly impossible to quiet down the mind to meditate. On the other hand, the craving for coffee first thing in the morning can also overwhelm the senses! Instead of sitting still, trying to achieve these huge goals without success, look for consistency in other places. Did you just meditate at the same today as you did yesterday? Were you able to get in some breathing exercises? Did your mind quiet – even just a little?
It is more important to meditate daily, even with poor results, then to not meditate at all. That’s why consistency is really important!
3. Keep Calm and Carry On
When the mind won’t quiet down and you can’t feel the stress dissipating, it can become extremely frustrating to meditate. When that happens a couple days in a row, the anger can begin to mount. Once that happens, it can be nearly impossible to get yourself into a positive mindset and begin the meditation process!
If you feel thoughts come in, deal with them. If you focus on an external noise, let your mind drift into the particulars of that noise. Let yourself become adaptable in your meditation practices instead of rigid and soon enough, you just might find that you’re practicing advanced meditation concepts even though there are distractions about you!
With these three key factors in play, you can begin creating a healthier, more consistent routine that includes meditation. Start structuring your routine today and begin to see results!