We all know that a regular meditation practice is good for our minds and our emotional well-being. And more people than ever before have included “start meditating” or “meditate each day” in their New Year’s resolutions. This latest Harvard Business Review article shares why businesses around the world are introducing meditation programs. So why then is it so hard to find time to meditate?
Here are four steps to help keep you on track with your mindful resolutions.
1. Start small. Schedule 10 minutes a day, five days a week. Experiencing the daily calm from exercising your mind each day versus squeezing your meditation into one 30-minute session a week will help you quickly develop a stronger, more sustainable practice.
2. Don’t go it alone. Discover an inspiring teacher, group or app. Visit us on Pinterest for a list of helpful meditation resources, including books, guides and retreats. You'll find this article, The Dos and Don'ts of Picking a Spiritual Master, by Joel and Michelle Levey. For a group experience in Toronto, consider Luminous Ground, and in BC check out Michael Stone. Or go tech. We’ve recently tried and liked the Whil app.
3. Sit on a cushion. It’s just not possible for most of us to sit tall like a mountain for 10 minutes-plus without experiencing discomfort or outright pain. A meditation cushion is designed to support your body by lifting the hips, allowing the pelvis to roll forward so the spine can straighten naturally.
To sit comfortably on the floor, most start on a zafu. It’s a round, comfortable seat that can be used in two popular positions: straddling it on its side or sitting cross-legged on it upright.
REALthings’ zafus are made with organic cotton and stuffed with local, organic buckwheat hulls, making them malleable and comfy. They are offered in different heights to fit all levels of flexibility and body types.
4. Failure as an option. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. Simply start again tomorrow. And know it’s also challenging for experienced meditators to sit with a quiet mind. Meditating teaches us self-compassion. Not judging yourself for the thoughts that drift into your mind as you practise is the practice.
And perhaps the best part of your meditation resolution — you can use your daily practice as a way to strengthen your attention and achieve your goals, including all of your other New Year’s resolutions.
We wish you well in 2016!