How to Kickstart your Meditation Practice

For starters: Know that it's OK to be a complete beginner.

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By Elisha Goldstein

Here are some ideas for making your meditation practice a part of your everyday life.

>> Commit. First, and most important, commit to a daily practice. And…when we say daily…we mean commit to a regular practice and do it as much as you can. Don’t worry if you miss 1, 2 or 3 days…just jump back in. Do the best that you can.

>> Find a Space that you Love. Try to create an inviting space at home or even at work. This will make the commitment to practice that much easier. It doesn’t matter if it’s sitting up in your bed first thing in the morning or finding a spot on the couch. Just knowing that there is one ‘space’ where you can be quiet, undisturbed and go back to time and time again will make a big difference.

>> Find the Right Time of Day. Schedule your meditation time during a time of day that makes the most sense for you. Many people love to meditate first thing in the morning. The trick is to find the time that works for you and is easy enough to stick with it.

>> Practice Regularly. If there’s one obstacle that is most common, it’s fitting meditation into already busy schedules. As you begin, experiment with different ways to practice. If you only have 2 minutes, stick with our Quick Breaks collection of 2 minute meditations. If longer practices seem intimidating, stick with the shorter ones. If your morning is filled with too much activity and a lot of rushing around, try to meditate before relaxing into bed.

>>Adopt a Beginners Mind. Be truly curious as you begin your meditation practice. Try not to judge a wandering or monkey mind. That happens. Just be with whatever your experience is, and keep practicing.

The more you practice, the better you will get at noticing choices in your life and being more intentional about bringing your attention back to what matters most.

Practices are most effective when you bring your heart into.

Ultimately, you’re doing this practice because you care enough about yourself to make the time.

Know that there will be days when you skip your practice…forgive yourself and begin again.

Mastery happens when we begin again, and again. And investigate our obstacles so we can learn and grow.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is cofounder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles. He is a psychologist, author, and speaker who synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing, offering practical strategies to calm our anxious minds, transform negative emotions, and facilitate inner peace.

Originally published at www.meditationstudioapp.com

Meditation Studio is the 5-star app that Apple named as one of its top10 apps of the year. It offers over 400 inspirational meditations in collections ranging from stress, sleep and anxiety to happiness, confidence, relationships and much more. Guided meditations are led by over 40 of the top teachers in the world. There are 6 courses including a Starter Series, Meditation Essentials, Uncovering Happiness, Changing Habits, Sleep Basics and Mindful Work. Subscribe through the iTunes AppStore for these life-changing experiences. Its’ partner Muse, the brain sensing headband, is the first tool in the world that gives you accurate, real-time feedback on what’s happening in your brain when you meditate.

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