Meditation is a great practice to calm the mind and body. Maintaining a routine for meditation is absolutely vital. However, your hectic lifestyle may, at times, make it difficult to find the time to meditate every day. Here are the five ways to effectively build a routine to make daily meditating a reality.
It is important to note about any additional habit that you are trying to cultivate, this, too calls for hard work and dedication on your part, but following these 5 steps will definitely help.
Make and stick to a schedule
The easiest way to form a habit is to perform the action every day, at more or less the same time, so that you get used to it and it gets integrated into your routine. Meditation is no different. You need to pick a particular time during the day and make sure you meditate within that time frame. This step is crucial and if you fail to do this, you’ll only end up making excuses to postpone your meditation session.
Once you put it off for a few days, you’ll give up on it altogether. It is best to begin meditating in the morning every day, regardless of whether you are an early riser or not. And once you’ve set a schedule to meditate every day, take it upon yourself to stick to it. Try to avoid disturbances to the schedule as much as you can.
Dedicate a space
Pick a place in your house where it is peaceful and away from noise and clutter. Getting a meditation pillow would be helpful. Make sure that you keep the new meditation area uncluttered and free from any distractions. This means that the room or space you choose to place your meditation pillow it should ideally be an area in your house that isn’t near the TV, computer, and windows (to prevent noise from outside disturbing you).
It is also important to rid your space of any kinds of temptations that may cause your focus to waver. TV remote, smartphone, and other electronic gadgets must be moved away from this space and kept in another room. It is only natural to get distracted and removing objects that may “tempt” you to procrastinate or cause a hindrance, will help make focusing easier.
Mind your breath
While there are different ways to meditate effectively, it is the best, to begin with, mindful breathing. As a fundamental technique to meditation, mindful breathing helps calm the mind and get clarity. Make sure to focus on your breath while your eyes are closed. Concentrate on how your breath goes in and out of your lungs. There may be several thoughts running through your mind, but slowly you will be able to focus on your breathing.
When you first begin meditating, designating 20 or 30 minutes to the practice can seem overwhelming. This is because our mind creates mental roadblocks for any activity that we are not yet accustomed to. In order to circumvent this, meditate for just 60 seconds in the beginning and slowly scale up your session. Stick to this dedication for at least 15 days without any gaps. Once this becomes easier, you’ll realise that you’re more than willing to sit for longer durations and meditate.
Practicing mindfulness in life
Mindfulness in the simplest sense means shifting your focus to the present and simultaneously acknowledging your feelings, thoughts and ideas. This does not mean making any radical change to your routine, but simply to include mindfulness as a part of the most mundane activities. Practising mindfulness while walking, driving and even while eating, will definitely help your mind “tune in” when you sit to meditate during your next session.