Meditation Practices That Lasts
Do you want to meditate but don’t know how to start? There are so many techniques and approaches to meditation, it can be overwhelming. Where should you begin? Personally, I remember starting by staring a candle every morning at 4am. I was in college and I tried to hone my powers of concentration by keeping my attention focused on that flickering flame. It was hard going, but eventually I found my groove and settled into a rich and rewarding meditation practice that’s still going 20 years later. Maybe you’ve started a meditation practice before and then gave up? It’s more common than you might think.
There are lots of reasons why people quit, but to be honest, a lot them could be avoided with a little guidance. First, it’s important for you to have a sense of structure, purpose, and direction when you’re starting your new meditation practice. And because you are trying to create a new meditation habit, it’s important that you understand the science behind habit building. Research from a 2009 study out of University College London found that the average time it takes to build a new habit like running or meditating is 66 days. And although missing a day here and there won’t ruin your chances of creating a bona fide habit, it’s important for you to be consistent, especially in the beginning. So how do you create the structure, purpose, and direction that will ensure your success? How are you going to create a habit that delivers lasting benefits? Here are 10 simple but crucial steps you can take to build a meditation practice that lasts.