Make Your Meditation Practice Stick
Who wouldn’t want more peace, compassion, joy and gratitude in their life?
Embracing these qualities within would allow us to face difficulties with more strength, move through life greater more ease, and interact with people with more grace.
In my personal search for these qualities, there has been one practice that has empowered me more than any other.
This is the practice of meditation.
When trekking through dark days, meditation helped me find an inexhaustible light within.
When working on projects that tested my skills and patience, meditation connected me to an abundant spring of peace inside of myself.
Meditation now greets me each morning I rise. I pause frequently throughout my day to allow mindfulness and meditation to flow into my life.
I’ve found that the practice of meditation is a personal tool that is available to all.
Here’s how to make it stick in your life.
Overcoming the Barriers of Meditation
When I speak about meditation to others, especially those closest to me, they often ask,
“How do I meditate?”
They continue by expressing the fact that their mind never shuts up. In fact, when they sit down to meditate they’ve told me that their mind if often the loudest.
The greatest barrier I’ve had to overcome in my meditation practice is the noisy mind. The thoughts that flow through our minds can be the things that derail us on in our meditation practice.
When asked how to meditate, I respond by telling those who ask this question, just be aware of each breath you breathe.
It can really be this simple.
Breath by breath, moment by moment, be connected and conscious of this life you are living.
If we are able to overcome the barriers brought about by the mind, we start to see that we have the ability to meditate with ease by simply being aware of each breath we breathe.
3 Keys to Making Your Meditation Practice Stick
1 – Commitment to Peace – Be willing to spend time working for and uncovering inner peace. Don’t allow the outside world to pull the peace out from within you.
If you are committed and willing to spend time cultivating this inner peace through the process of meditation, you can withstand the difficulties that arise when building a promising meditative practice and life.
2 – Emerged in the Present – By placing your conscious attention in the present, you realize that meditation is a practice that helps you connect even deeper with now. It frees you from the past and pulls you from the future, placing you in the beauty of this moment.
Being emerged in the present through meditation and inner contemplation, you see that this moment is the most important moment you have. In fact, your future is shaped by it.
3 – More than the Mind – Our minds often talk us out of the things that can be beneficial to the overall well-being of our lives. If we depend solely on the intellect and mind to maintain a practice of meditation, it will often be short-lived.
Instead, allow your heart and spirit to pull you into your meditative practice. Feel, become aware and be. Move with your heart (and whole being) into meditation, even when your mind is trying to talk you out of it.
The Art of Meditation
Please note, meditation does not have to be done while sitting cross-legged with your eyes closed.
You can meditate with each breath you breathe, each step you take, each person you speak with, or even while you are doing your work.
Let your meditation practice remind you that you are living, breathing and existing here and now.
Let peace, compassion and gratitude blossom from the inside out.