7 Steps To Begin A Daily Meditation Practice
Meditation helps clear distracting, negative thoughts, reduce stress, and help you develop a holistic approach to different events in your life. As simple as it sounds to sit still and clear your mind for minutes at a time, the practice of meditation is a skill that can be difficult to develop.
The never-ending thoughts of the day ahead or days past can creep in much easier than you think. If you’re just beginning your meditation routine, we have some simple steps to make the practice easier so you’ll stick with it and develop a clearer mentality.
1. Start Small
Start with a short amount of time. Two to three minutes is a great starting point. Shooting for a 10-minute meditation period when first starting can seem like an eternity. Stick with a time frame that you can successfully sit calmly and clear your mind. You can build your meditation time from there.
2. Choose A Meditation App
It’s tough knowing where your mind should wander when you’re not supposed to think of anything. Guided meditations are a lifesaver when you’re first delving into the mindfulness world. We love choosing from meditation apps that offer concentrations on different topics, like creativity, stress, and relationships. Try Insight Timer or Stop, Breathe & Think for libraries of free guided meditations.
3. Find A Space & Time
It’s best to meditate in the morning before your brain hits overdrive with to-do lists and planning. Meditate before checking your phone or turning on the television. It’s best to choose a time that you know is consistently available to you, and a space that is comfortable and distraction-free.
4. Practice Pranayama
Prepare your mind and body for meditation with mindful, slow breathing. Consciously pulling air into your lungs and slowly releasing it helps relax the body and calm the mind. As you practice pranayama, your body evolves into a state that’s ready for meditation.
5. Use A Timer
If you use a meditation app, most will include a timer so you don’t have to constantly check the clock. If you’re more comfortable without an app, use a timer on your phone so your mind isn’t worried about the time.
6. Show Up Consistently
Meditating on a daily basis will not only reveal itself in benefits throughout the rest of your day (less stressed, calmer around the not-so-awesome office mates, and more kind to yourself), but you’ll also realize it’s one of your favorite times of the day. We all need private, devoted “me time,” and meditation is a way to show up for yourself each day.
7. Note Your Benefits
A meditation journal will help you see the benefits of practicing each day. Jot down how you feel after a meditation session and where you see the healthy habit reaping positivity in your day.
By walking through these steps, you’ll develop a daily meditation practice that will help you remain calm, stress less, and have greater mental clarity.