Meditation Jump Start Guide
Set an intention
Why do you meditate (or want to meditate)? What are your desires for your meditation practice? What benefits have you experienced from meditation in the past? What benefits do you want to experience from meditation now? What does your ideal daily mediation practice entail? Your intention(s) and ideal(s) may be very simple or more complex.
How does living out the above intention and desires look and feel for you? Imagine it in as much detail as possible to make it tangible and achievable.
It helps to schedule a dedicated time for daily meditation, but do not allow this suggestion to sabotage you. If you miss your dedicated meditation time, take a moment at some point in the day to quiet down, get into your body, connect to your breathing, and relax. Even 1 minute a day can make a difference.
It is very helpful to have a dedicated mediation space, but do not allow this suggestion to sabotage you either. The space does not have to be an entire room. A chair or a small corner in a room would suffice. Include whatever you need to support your practice in the dedicated space. (For example, my meditation space is right next to my bed. It includes a small table with an inspiring image and a small fireless candle, a yoga bolster, a small blanket, and my journal for pre- and post-meditation reflections. My yoga mat is also nearby.)
Use the tools of the 30/30 Meditation Program (JUNE 1-30, 2016)*:
Daily Reminders (Text Message at noon EST daily)
Encouragement & Accountability (Facebook Group, Accountability Partners)
Record Your Progress (Meditation Calendar)
Pre- and Post-Meditation Reflections (Daily Reflections)
*Complimentary 30/30 Meditation Program Registration (JUNE 1-30, 2016): http://www.balance.ktgphd.com/3030-meditation-program.html
Kathryn Sophia Belle, Ph.D.