Meditation is a respite, a quiet time, a time to be at peace with yourself.
Treat yourself with complete compassion and kindness when you meditate.
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We love to put pressure on ourselves to be perfect all the time, but meditation is not the time and place for that.
Allow yourself room to breathe and practice patience along with compassion for yourself.
Focus only on meditating 2-5 minutes each day, then after seven days, add 2-5 more minutes.
It’s not the length of time that matters, it’s merely the consistency and commitment to doing it every day that counts.
You can practice meditations together and share your experiences, or you can simply hold each other accountable.
We’re more likely to commit to something when we’ve told someone else we’re going to do it.
Choose one type of meditation and stick with it for at least a month. If, after that time, you don’t feel like it’s working for you, explore something else.
It’s easy to think that being distracted, fidgeting, or having your mind wander is a negative experience.
Meditation isn’t about fighting or resisting those natural occurrences. It’s about experiencing them and allowing them.
It’s easy to get lost in the idea that you have to have the perfect space, the perfect meditation cushion and be in a perfect position.
Meditation should feel natural and easy, even if that means just sitting in your car on your lunch break.
Start with just two minutes a day for a week. If that goes well, increase by another two minutes and do that for a week. If all goes well, by increasing just a little at a time, you’ll be meditating for 10 minutes a day in the 2nd month.
Instructions for mindfulness meditations have been found in ancient texts of nearly every major religion, but it's Buddhism that exemplifies best mindfulness meditation: it cultivates non-judgemental awareness of yourself, your feelings, your mind and your surroundings.
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