Meditation is an incredible practice, but it’s also extremely hard to make it a daily habit.
Having known the benefits of meditation, I have tried meditating on a daily basis but I have only been able to practice successfully not more than 2-3 days. This has given me a lot of anxiety and frustration on not being able to do a habitual meditation. For those who are beginners, you know what am talking about.
Though I knew how to practice meditation as in
- Find a quiet place to sit.
2. Focus on your breath.
3. Bring attention back to the breath, when your mind wanders.
4. Repeat the process.
I knew it was quite easy on hearing it, I still found it tough to make it a long lasting habit on attempting to try out this.
Now with a disciplined practice, I am able to achieve a longer time of meditation than before. If you find yourself in the same place where I was before, the following steps below can help you get over your difficulty.
STEPS TO PLAN A MEDITATION
Set a goal and keep it small
Setting a meditation goal is simple. The goal that you set should must be very small. Setting a time-based goal is the only way you can start off with meditation.
Usually when you start, set a time of meditation that is really really small. You can begin with a time duration of 2 minutes or somewhere less than 5 minutes is recommendable. Anything higher than this would be too long for you to initially rely on concentration.
When you want to form a habit, consistency is the most important part than performance. That is why you should set a small goal so that you are motivated to work on your meditation for short duration.
Make your new meditation practice a small goal
Make meditation your priority
Once you have committed to your goal, then you have to actually make time for it in your daily life. When you want to make meditation a habit in your life prioritizing it is an essential need.
When you prioritize your meditation you start spending a specific time of the everyday. Scheduling your time makes your actions intentional and is also a good reminder as you might definitely forget on some in your busy schedule.
Make your new meditation practice a priority
Find your zone
The next step in planning your meditation habit is to have a place in mind and space for you to practice. Finding a place of meditation is an important task, a place where you are least distracted. Remember the right choice of place only helps you reach your goal specially when you are a beginner.
The time of meditation is a choice of yours too. It could be during the any time of the day. I preferably choose do it in the mornings as soon as after I wake up because that is when I feel my mind and body to be fresh and keeps my entire day all perfect and lively.
Make your new meditation practice in a secured space
Design your surroundings
External distractions has taken control of our minds that we cannot have our complete attention towards a particular task. We check our mails every now and then, browse through blogs, scroll down often on Instagram, Facebook, Watsapp, Twitter or on other social media. Every 10 minutes most of us have got into the habit of using mobile phones.
Arranging your environment prior to starting your meditation is a good practice. For all the starters, switching off your phones or keeping it in another room can help you better in implementing this process.
You might also try getting into your zone a little before the time you’re actually starting in this environment. This will eliminate the need for you to get up again, adding to the resistance you might feel to meditate.
Arranging your environment is something that also works extremely well for other habits like healthier eating. You can make forming that habit easier by throwing away all of your unhealthy snacks.
Make your new meditation practice in your designed environment
Try out the above simple plan for meditation and feel the fruitful effects of Mindfulness and Meditation.