Practice Meditation Daily in a Consistent Environment
To improve your chances of building a daily practice, sit in the same spot each time. It will help you create a routine. Pick a meditation spot where you feel good and comfortable, and use it every time you want to meditate. You don’t need to create a special environment for meditation. Your favorite sofa, a comfortable cushion, your favorite spot in your home, anywhere familiar is perfect. Soon your mind will start to associate that spot with meditation.
The location for meditation isn’t important, but consistently returning to it is. If you can’t decide on a special spot or a hectic schedule won’t allow a consistent environment, keep an object that reminds you of meditation with you. This could be a picture, a scented candle, a meditation bench, or a cushion. You can use such an object wherever you are meditating to get the consistency you need.
Practice Meditation Daily with Consistent Timing
The right time for you to meditate is the time when you are going to be able to practice meditation daily. We all have different schedules and routines. Find the time that works for you and doesn’t interfere with your day or you will create resistance for your practice. Notice how you feel when you meditate at different times and what time works best with your daily routine.
If it’s difficult for you to figure out the best time and stick with it, try practicing meditation in the few quiet minutes of each morning before you need to get going for the day. For a lot of people, this means 5 to 15 minutes in the time between 4:00 a.m and 6:00 a.m. These are considered magic hours where time sits still, and you get to connect to the energy of the universe uninterrupted.
Sometimes what we think works for us might not. Don’t be hard on yourself. If you miss a practice one day, meditate on the day after. Even if your routine changes, be open to meditate on another schedule.
Meditate Daily With a Consistent Duration
Setting a difficult goal and failing to achieve is worse than setting a very modest goal that is easy to achieve. For example, if you want to sit for 20 minutes a day and instead you get impatient and get up after 10 minutes, you are wounding your relationship with yourself. On the other hand, setting small goals and achieving them is like promising a child candy and then actually giving him one.
So start by doing 3 to 5 minutes of sitting. You need to give yourself the experience of success to succeed in building a meditation practice. You’ll quickly build a belief that it’s easy to meditate regularly if you’re regularly able to keep to your meditation practice early on and most people can manage 3 to 5 minutes a day.
Your duration goal will likely change over time as you learn new things and mature in practice. But only increase the duration when you’re ready.
Meditate Daily With a Consistent Technique
There are so many different meditation techniques out there to try. Trying different techniques every time you sit won’t help with building a meditation practice. You need to find a technique that you connect with, and practice it for a while. Sticking with one technique helps you build consistency. Your mind and body start to know what to expect on a physiological level every time you get ready for a sit.
Besides, every meditation technique has a specific purpose. And everyone who meditates does it for a reason. Sticking to a mediation technique that is suited to your goals is the best way to build consistency.
Believe us, there are countless benefits of meditation but consistency is the key. The real power comes when you practice meditation daily. In just a month of consistent meditation practice, you’ll find yourself building an entirely new relationship with your mind and emotions.