5 tips for a regular meditation practice

If you'd like to make meditation a regular part of your life, try these 5 simple tips.

5 tips for a regular meditation practice

1. Create a personal meditation spot in your home

It’s helpful to create a nice place for meditation in your home where you feel comfortable and undisturbed. This can be in a spare room or a corner in a room, any place where you can sit in silence and be undisturbed. Create a little sanctuary where you feel at ease and welcome. Make sure nobody will enter the room during meditation and your phone is switched to silent. This is your moment!

2. Meditate at a set time

Sometimes it’s not easy to find the discipline to just sit down and meditate. There is always so much distraction. And more important things to do. And other people or cats or dogs that need your attention. So if you wait for a proper moment to meditate, you will probably wait forever…

That’s why it is helpful to set a regular time. Morning, afternoon, evening, all is fine. It doesn’t matter when – just stick to your set time and inform your housemates (if there are any) you are not to be disturbed.

3. Use a timer

If you meditate on your own instead of doing a guided meditation, use an alarm and set it for fifteen or twenty minutes. This time frame will make you focus and relax at the same time. Of course, you can meditate for longer, but fifteen to twenty minutes is perfect for a regular practice.

4. No matter how you feel, just sit

People often say: “I felt so restless, it wasn’t a good time to meditate…”
Actually, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ timing for meditation. Meditation is not about feeling calm. Or steady. It is about just sitting with whatever comes up. You might feel happy. You might feel terrible. It doesn’t matter. All you have to do is stay with it, stay present. So any mood is perfect!

5. Be friendly to yourself

Sitting with yourself can be quite a challenge….so keep it light. It takes time to become comfortable with your own restlessness. Feel good about your practice. Learn to look at yourself with a friendly eye; it makes all the difference in the world!

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Esther EkhartEsther Ekhart, face and founder of EkhartYoga, brings years of personal yoga and meditation practice, therapy training and study of yoga philosophy into her teaching.