It’s natural to feel a bit . . . blasé about something you’ve done committedly for a long period of time. Meditation can be challenging on the best of days; sitting still for 20 minutes when 100 other things need to get done shows remarkable discipline and commitment. That being said, small changes to your practice can reignite your passion for meditation and prevent you from slipping into the dull realm of habitual behavior.
Here are 6 simple ways to re-inspire your commitment to meditation:
1. Try a new form of meditation. If your practice typically is focusing on your breath, try mantra meditation with a mala
2. Consider changing the time or the place that you practice. It’s surprising the difference these things can make!
3. If you don’t already have a puja table, or a corner in a room dedicated to this practice, consider creating one. If you do, bring a new offering to the table (alter). A fresh flower, new candles, or some inspiring words will suffice.
4. Remind yourself of the importance of the practice. List the reasons you’ve come to start meditating and the benefits you’ve experienced so far. This will support your commitment.
5. Consider joining a meditation group or attending a workshop. Not only will you meet like-minded people, you might also discover you aren’t alone in your struggles or victories on this path!
6. In the words of Nike, just do it! Commit to getting on your meditation cushion or yoga mat, and that’s it. Prepare as you would for a longer meditation, but with the permission to stop if you must. Nine times out of 10, your body-mind will be grateful for the moment of pause and you’ll stay longer than intended.
As with so many things in life, the hardest part is just getting there. If you can do that, the world is wide open to possibilities. Good luck on your journey!
Eryn Kirkwood is a published writer and the editor of six best-selling books on yoga (with two more on the way) as well as a yoga teacher in Ottawa, Ontario. For over a decade she has dedicated her life to the study, practice, and teaching of the science of Self-realization.
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