So, back at the tail end of last year or the beginning of this, you made your New Years Resolutions and one of them was to Meditate regularly.
After all, your friends do it and they love it and every time you go on to YouTube or you read your favorite celebrities’ biography, they talk or write about how their practice quite literally changed their life!
Plus now, there is more and more research out there to indicate that indicate a regular meditation practice is more than just a hippy thing from the 1960s but a tool to help deal with pretty much everything life throws at you.
A powerful tool indeed!
Yet, none the less you just can’t get that regular practice happening. You read a book or 2 or you go on youtube and watch a couple of clips. You feel inspired briefly but it rarely lasts and even when you do manage a few moments to close your eyes…
All you find yourself doing is fidgeting around, whilst thinking about your next meeting, what time you are catching up with your mates and more importantly what’s for dinner! (Depending on what you practice this is not necessarily a bad thing you maybe just interpreting the experience incorrectly).
This, of course, can be very frustrating and quite often rather than persisting, you give up saying you gave it your best but it wasn’t really for you or you try something else only for that to follow a similar pattern!
However, the key to a regular practice isn’t in the books, a youtube clip or even a course you undertake…
It’s about creating a new mindset from the one you currently have that will allow you to benefit from that “improved self-awareness” “increased energy levels” or “greater clarity of thought” often associated with a regular meditation practice and it is one based around dedication!
I suppose it’s kinda obvious, after all, if you take any profession in the world. Whether it be a footballer or a doctor, in order for them to be at their very best in their field they have to be totally dedicated to their practice whether it be healing patients or entertaining the crowds.
In Part 2 of Maintaining a Regular Meditation Practise, we will explore the art of creating a dedicated practise and not only is it not as hard as you think it would be but also you will be delighted to read, you won’t have to put in anywhere near as many hours as a wannabe doctor or footballer would do to perfect theirs.