Meditation is undoubtedly a great way to unwind and de-stress and also to improve your emotional well-being as well as spiritual happiness. In fact, a majority of people would like to experience all these positive aspects of meditation.
However, it can be quite challenging to devote an adequate amount time to meditate because of the high speed of today’s life.
Life gets in the way too often. But if you go through these tips for finding the motivation to meditate you should find one that resonates with you and gets you back on track.
1. Begin meditating for short periods
The easiest way to begin a meditation session is simply to start meditating. But of course, it is not always that easy! We sometimes waste our valuable time until we find the appropriate one. Begin right now without waiting – procrastinating on whether or not to meditate won’t help you get started.
Find a relatively calm, tranquil place where you can spend some peaceful time for a short while. Start monitoring your breathing after shutting your eyes. Notice the feeling of the air getting through the tip of your nose. Count the breaths 1 through 5 in your mind. Then start over again after you reach 5.
It is normal for to get diverted or find your mind drifting and if (when?) that happens just bring your focus back to your breathing and keep on counting which can help you maintain your concentration. If you’ve lost count, just start again from somewhere (whether it’s roughly where you got to or not)
Stop counting after a few minutes and start observing the whole breathing procedure carefully. If you lose focus, slowly bring your focus back to your breathing.
For your first few sessions, go for a session lasting for maybe 5 or 10 minutes. Then, if you’re comfortable with the idea, try to increase the duration to 20 minutes or even more.
Initially, you might find it difficult to sit still while you’re meditatiing but after a while, as your thoughts settle down it will become easier and you won’t fidget as much.
2. Find a tranquil spot at home
Having a peaceful, relaxing location where you can go to frequently will definitely encourage you to meditate. It’s your own “space” that you’ve earmarked – even if it’s only for a short time each day.
If you can make a part of your home more relaxing with incense sticks, fluffy cushions and so on, just looking at that place might nudge you to meditate.
Moreover, just imagining being in that particular location can help to put your thoughts into a meditative state.
3. Make meditation a routine
Every day you keep to a particular schedule of getting up, bathing and brushing your teeth. You don’t even think about it because you do it so often it’s actually a habit.
Make an effort to make your meditation or mindfulness practice in the same way.
It is important to make it as natural as brushing your teeth every single day.
Make it a part of your day-to-day schedule and, eventually, it will turn into a habit.
Deciding when you are most likely to meditate each day is the easiest method to develop the habit of mindfulness. Then, on each day, make sure that you carry out your meditation as close as possible to the specified time.
If you do this for a few weeks with a certain feeling of determination inside you, you’ll succeed in turning this into a habit.
After that, if you skip meditating, you’ll actually miss it! This is because meditating has become an important part of your daily routine.
Set yourself the target of meditating every single day – at roughly the same time each day – for the next month and you’ll find it’s close to becoming part of your daily habit.
4. Become a member of a meditation group
A meditation group will help you to remain determined and dedicated to your meditation practice.
Apart from benefiting from meditating with other people, you will also be able to get the support of other meditators.
Try to search for a meditation group in your neighborhood (sites like Meetup are often a good place to look), and attend it routinely.
Start your own if there are no such groups in your area. It isn’t difficult and unless you’re living in the middle of nowhere, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to attract a small group of like-minded individuals quite fast.
5. Overcome challenges on your way
Very often, a specific problem is the key reason why you aren’t able to meditate regularly.
In fact, you’d be meditating regularly if there were no issues with meditating.
Take your time to look at your life closely and think of what you actually want from your life.
You will soon realize that you will be able to achieve your ultimate desires such as peacefulness, contentment, and clarity just by meditating regularly. It’s one of those things that helps you chill and relax and get more things done in your life.
6. Understand the practice of meditation deeper
Understanding the practice of meditation deeper will help you to get more from your meditation practice.
There are lots of different ways to meditate – my personal favourite (because it’s easy) is binaural beats meditation.
Other people I know use different methods – breathing meditations, walking meditations and so on.
The precise method you choose doesn’t really matter. What’s more important is that you bring meditation into your daily life on a regular basis.
And one other way that you can motivate yourself to meditate is to tweak your mind – hypnosis works well to do that as it’s as simple as listening to a short MP3 when you find your motivation to meditate drifting more than you’d like.