5 Tips for Starting a Mindfulness Meditation Practice, and Staying Motivated | The Mindfulness Meditation Institute
Many of us are eager to start a meditation practice, but sticking with it can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you stay motivated and committed.
“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Buddha
Many people these days are starting a mindfulness meditation practice with great intentions and lots of enthusiasm. They’ve heard of the stress-reducing and other health benefits of the practice, and are eager to start meditating. However, few of them stay committed long-term. And those who don’t stick with it, will have a hard time dealing with stress in their lives.
There are several reasons why many people quit after a short period of time:
- They don’t understand what mindfulness meditation is.
- They’re not sure how to get started.
- They don’t have a plan for following through.
- They don’t have a support group.
Mindfulness meditation is like any other skill, it takes a little time and effort to learn, but it’s surprisingly much easier than you might think. You just need a little guidance and the right resources. Here are 5 tips to get you on the right track, and keep you motivated.
1. Write a Goal Statement
Most successful people will tell you that one of the greatest secrets of their success is setting goals. Not having a goal is like trying to get directions from Google Maps without entering a destination. You won’t know where you’re going, or when you arrive. So, if you want to start a meditation practice and stick with it, then I suggest you establish some goals.
Write down your meditation goals. Decide how long and how often you’re going to meditate, and how you’re going to learn the techniques. They don’t have to be elaborate, but they should be specific. And don’t make your goals overly ambitious, or you won’t follow through and get discouraged. What I suggest is that you write a short goal statement, and post it some place you’ll see it every day, such as your bathroom mirror, or near your computer monitor.