05 Oct Make it a Habit – How to Start Meditating
PICK A TIME
Just like any habit, meditation gets easier to do if it’s part of your routine. Choose a time to do it each day and try to stick with it. For many people, it’s easiest to meditate first thing in the morning. But whether it’s at lunch, after work, or before you go to bed, see if you can be consistent. “Start by setting aside time each day,” said Ms. Brach. “Just like physical exercise, to develop a habit of practice means being regular.”
CHOOSE A SPOT
Similarly, it can help to meditate in the same location each day. This isn’t essential, but it can help minimize the potential for distractions and mind wandering. It’s not necessary to fold your legs into lotus position, or even sit on the floor. Just find a comfortable position where you can sit upright, and where you won’t be too distracted. “The important thing is that we’re committing a little bit of time to come into stillness and simply pay attention to what’s going on in our inner life,” said Ms. Brach.
GET YOUR GEAR (OR DON’T)
You don’t need to spend a dime to get started. All you need is somewhere to sit, and a little willpower. That said, there are plenty of meditation cushions, stools and other accessories for those who want to get kitted out. But a comfortable chair, or a soft rug in a quiet corner, is really all you need.