How to Turn Meditation into an Everyday Habit
By Michael Gorman
Are you devoted to living a healthy lifestyle and getting enough vitamins? That’s a responsibility not many people are willing to take up and you should be proud of that.
However, no matter how devoted you are to keeping your body fit, you still have to take care of your mental health. No amount of gym visits, healthy food and jogging sessions can help you keep the mental-physical balance. But meditation most definitely can.
This mysterious art of emptying your mind and letting serenity flow through you has been practiced for thousands of years with much success. It’s a great way to blow off some steam and withstand a hectic lifestyle that many of us are exposed to.
The problem comes when you have to establish a daily habit out of meditation. Keep reading to find out all the essential tips and tricks to help you establish a meditation routine. It’s much easier than it initially seems!
Pick up writing and reading
Meditation is all about emptying your mind and focusing on your inner peace. For most people, work-induced stress and other forms of worrying make it impossible to center on that peace of mind. This is mostly because there is a myriad of thoughts within their minds and they can’t control them.
The truth is - you can control every bit of your thinking if you practice enough. To tame your thoughts and prepare for daily meditation, there is no better exercise than writing and reading.
According to freelance writer Jonathan Callahan, there is much to learn from writing as a meditation aid. “I think that writing alleviates much of the pressure we might come to feel during the day,” he says. “Even though we are aware of the things we’re writing about, seeing them on paper is one of the most liberating feelings a human being can feel.”
Writing helps you clear your mind and vent about anything you what might worry you at the time. When you are free from the constriction of negative thoughts, you can easily focus on meditation and do it on a daily basis. Like writing, reading is also an excellent way of honing your thought process and turning you into a much calmer person.
- Reading gives you much-needed knowledge. We, as humans, tend to overthink when we don’t know about something. The more you know, the easier will it be to make conclusions and stop the incessant worrying.
- Reading and writing go together. As you learn more, you will expand your thought process and free your mind up more effectively.
- When we read, we’re safe from the distracting effects of social media and digital devices in general. A good book is great to read before bed if you want to practice morning meditation.
Something is better than nothing
To turn meditation into a daily habit, you have to learn to plan effectively. This is yet another underrated side-effect of meditation. However, a lot of people are unable to plan their day and prioritize the main activities during that day.
What comes as a side effect is a lot of devoted individuals abandoning meditation all together with excuses like “I can’t put aside 30 minutes today; I’ll do it tomorrow” and other cliché phrases.
The key thing to know about meditation is that it’s beneficial - regardless of the quantity. Not having time is an easy way out and an effective method to break your daily routine. Don’t worry about the time spent meditating - just do it whenever you can and whenever you feel like it.
Meditating 5 minutes in the office, early in the morning, has the same benefits as spending 45 minutes in your bedroom before bed. Meditation is always there to heal you, regardless of how long your sessions are.
- Don’t try to make everything perfect. Choose a realistic time to meditate and give it your best shot. The point is to get used to the notion of meditating every day.
- Meditating doesn’t mean sitting in silence and being isolated from the world. You can squeeze meditation in whenever you want. Devotion is what’s important.
- Learn that pressure is fictitious and created solely by us. Meditation teaches you to give your best and improve your being as a whole, each and every day.
Accept that you might not feel like it at times
The truth about meditation is that it’s not always successful. You don't need to be a Psychic to do it. You can try so hard to empty your mind and isolate yourself from distractions and still - nothing. Therefore, it’s important to learn how to accept failure and the inability to meditate that day.
Making meditation a daily routine isn’t a by-all-means-necessary kind of thing. Instead, it’s your own choice and you should be aware that not every choice will work out.
Every failed meditation session is a valuable lesson. You learn to accept failure and move on. Use such experiences as fuel for your sessions the next day. It may be hard at first, but this feeling of acceptance will help you become more motivated and enhance your life as a whole.
“When I tried meditation the first time, it felt really good until one morning when I just couldn’t focus,” tells us William Wick from NSBroker. “I felt angry and disappointed when I realized I couldn’t do it, but something happened then. I learned how to tell myself ‘It’s okay, try another time’ and how to accept the fact that life in general doesn’t always work the way we think it does.”
Be loving to yourself and you will want to feel that love over and over again, through meditation. It’s precisely this feeling of love and serenity that will motivate you to meditate every day.
Our minds make decisions and base opinions on experiences. If you turn everything into a positive experience, your mind will want to repeat it. That’s how daily habits are made.
Analyze the relationships with people you love
There are some things on your mind that reading and writing probably cannot solve. Connections with people are perhaps the best way of establishing meditation as a daily routine.
Some thoughts just cannot be controlled by writing our thoughts on paper. Instead, you have to let other people hear about them and give you feedback.
- If you have problems with someone, don’t keep anything from them. Express yourself openly. The more clear, honest relationships you have in your life, the calmer you will be. It’s essential to keep your relationships honest if you want to have no difficulties with meditation daily.
- Steer clear of negative energy. No matter how good of a friend someone was to you, they have no right to infringe their opinions and negativity on your life. Shield yourself from such energy and meditate with a positive mind.
- Make honest talks at least a weekly habit. Meet with your friends, discuss things and work on your bonding. Sometimes, feeling a little bit of love can help you make motivation a daily habit you will enjoy for the rest of your life.
Meditation isn’t magic
While meditation is wonderful and calming, it’s not a solution that can fix anything. Lots of people quit on meditation early on, with excuses like “Oh, I felt anxious and angry today! This meditation thing isn’t working. Why should I continue doing it?”. You can’t expect meditation to fix everything. It’s unrealistic and borderline impossible.
Anxiety, stress, anger and sadness are all normal human emotions that you shouldn’t suppress. Allow yourself to feel bad. Think about the reasons why you feel this way and embrace them.
Meditation is all about acceptance. You won’t stop feeling sad for some things, but you will learn that it’s a normal human emotion that everyone can experience.
Enjoy the journey and get to know yourself better. With each meditation session, you will become a person who is rich in experience and thoughts, a daring traveler who can’t wait to explore all the caverns of his or her mind. It’s not magic, but it definitely helps.
Meditation is a wonderful addition to your daily life, with its immense healing and calming powers. To make it into an everyday habit, you have to change bits from every part of your life. Read more, open up to people more and get in touch with yourself.
You can meditate everywhere, so don’t be discouraged by the fact that you’re not home or in a comfortable place. Be persistent and rewards yourself for holding on to change your life.