The benefits of meditation are widely known and published. Everyone agrees that these techniques have tremendous impact on our mental and physical health. Admittedly, on the surface a meditative practice seems simple, and it is. Although meditation is one of the simplest methods to regaining one's life balance it can be difficult to maintain the practice for maximum benefit.
Here's four tips to get you started and keep you going:
1. Start with ten minutes or less every day. A journey of a thousands miles starts with one step. Never look at your new commitment as a lifetime achievement. Instead simply focus on today, more specifically, on just a few minutes today. Jesus stated that tomorrow has enough worries of it's own. (Matthew 6:34)
Getting up every morning with the intention of meditating for just a few minutes is the ideal way to creating a habit, and that's what you want to do, create a habit. After a few weeks of setting aside a few minutes your routine will be effortless.
2. Meditate at the same time every day. Consistency is the key to forming a good habit. Meditating at the same time every day develops a physical memory which your body will naturally follow after a few weeks.
3. Let someone guide your meditation. Easiness lowers the roadblock to success. If you can easily perform meditation, you'll likely keep the habit. Meditation for beginners is best conducted with a teacher. Today you can plug into an app and start a guided Christian meditation within minutes. Here's one of the top rated apps in the industry - ChristAudio
4. Report your progress. Studies have shown that being accountable to someone leads to greater success and maximum benefits. Declaring your intention to a family member, or a friend, can help you stay on track.
Try these four tips as you embark on your journey. What do you do to help keep your commitment? Go ahead and post your tips, thoughts, and ideas. We'd love to read them. God bless you.