“You are invited to reconnect to yourself through stillness.” - Elena Brower and Erica Jago, in "Art of Attention."
Meditation is the very opportunity to reconnect with ourselves through stillness. Last month, I wrote this piece describing what I learned when I began to meditate on a daily basis. And now, I’d like to share with you how to begin a daily mediation practice.
If you are not familiar with meditation, or even if you have some ideas about it, the thought of starting this type of practice can be daunting. Meditation is about opening up and slowing down.
For this reason, it is important to keep some things in mind about meditation.
First, you don’t have to wear certain clothing or own anything.
Second, meditation can be done anywhere.
Third, you will notice distractions during your meditation and this is normal. Your mind will wander, especially in the beginning.
Fourth, you don’t have to actively practice any type of formal religion or belong to any group.
Lastly, you may not notice a significant change in the beginning. If you enter into meditation thinking, “Today, I will have a breakthrough,” and it doesn’t happen you will be disappointed.
More than likely, the change will be subtle, but significant, over time. Inner strength is not something you can see, like a particular muscle group, but it does develop with a regular meditation practice.
In the beginning, it is easier if you choose a set time, so you decide if it is first thing in the morning or whenever best fits your schedule.
This doesn’t have to be more than 20 minutes. When I started it was in the morning, even before coffee. I now look at is at the time that sets the tone and energy for my day.
Also, select a spot in your home. It doesn’t have to be a fancy area. Choosing a spot will take some of the guesswork out when you are doing something new. Of course, change the area if you find it to be uncomfortable in any way.