7 Steps to FINALLY Commit to Your Meditation Practice

Meditation and I go waaay back, and I’d be lying if I said our relationship has always been roses and sunshine. The summer after my senior year in high school, my mom signed up my entire family to be trained in Transcendental Meditation, an evidence-based form of meditation that requires personalized instruction.

Let go of judgement

Meditation is intended to be a way to let go, not a destination to be reached. When I stopped trying to force my practice into some sort of self-constructed box made up of what I thought it needed to be and instead accepted that it will rarely measure up to this unrealistic expectation, I was able to just let it flow.

Be flexible — sometimes good enough is good enough

Whether it’s a 20-minute meditation or simply a few moments of deep breathing, the fact that you did it is a major win in and of itself. It’s incredible when you have a truly transcendent, peaceful and rejuvenating experience, but let’s get real, that’s often not always the case.

It’s okay to ask for help

While I’m genuinely appreciative for the opportunity to have been trained in TM-style meditation, it in many ways set the president that I had to adhere to the 20–minute, twice daily regime. Therefore, anything less or any other style of meditation didn’t seem “legitimate” enough in my eyes for years.

Add it to your daily to-do list

This has been an absolute game changer for me! If you love your daily planner and crossing items off of your to-do list as much as I do, I’d highly recommend giving it a try. If nothing else, adding meditation to my daily agenda, perhaps subconsciously, forces me to view it as equally important as all of my other must-get-accomplished items that day.

Make space — physically & energetically

Coming from someone who is very impacted by the energy of her surroundings, this is a huge one for me. I’ve personally found that sitting down in a comfortable, pleasant space helps me get the most out of my meditation. But this doesn’t mean that your room needs to be filled with Buddhas and incense in order to get the most out of your session. I’ve found that my car is even an enjoyable place to meditate. Do a little experimenting to see where you feel most at ease!

Read up on & remember the benefits

Education is everything! The benefits of meditation are genuinely mind-blowing and are much of the reason I continue to come back to my practice again and again. I genuinely want to take advantage of the good this technique can do for my brain health, anxiety and so much more.

Understand it’s a long game

In order to truly reap the impressive benefits mentioned above, one must understand that meditation isn’t a quick fix or a destination to be reached. It’s called a practice for a reason — it takes constant, consistent work!

Georgia is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, health and wellness blogger and Yoga Sculpt instructor. Read more at www.goodnesswithg.com & @goodness_with_g.