I often hear students repeat the same story: I tried to meditate at home. It lasted a few days and then I stopped.
Welcome to the club! Let's consider this part of the initiation process, shall we?
So, how do you make it stick? First, know why you're doing it. Be clear on your motivation and what you hope to gain from a consistent meditation practice. Consider how you would like to feel, think, speak and act each day.
Then make a plan. I notice I'm most consistent when I stick to RPM: Rise, Pee, Meditate. Get it done first thing in the morning before distractions take over the day. However, if your schedule is irregular or mornings are just too hectic, choose a time of day- preferably the same time each day- and set a reminder in your phone.
Lastly, create a space that you want to sit in. Having a sacred space reserved for meditation isn't necessary but it makes your meditation feel special and enhances your ability to shift from the busyness of life into the stillness of meditation. Your space can be as simple as a cushion on the floor in the corner of your bedroom.
Keep in mind the yogis meditate in a cave in the mountainside, so don't get hung up on the details! Does your home have a quiet nook, a large closet or a corner with a nice view? Consider the privacy, views and weather conditions (if you're outside). Opt for simplicity and comfort, and you'll enjoy returning to your cushion each day.
Accessories are not required but can enhance your comfort and experience. Here are some ideas to inspire your sacred yoga or meditation space:
- pillow, blanket or cushion
- journal and pen
- incense, candle, or essential oils
- inspirational books, quotes or images
- ear plugs (if you're easily distracted) or headphones (if you use a meditation app)