I was blown away by this idea and I realize my mind is the one who’s going against me the whole time. It acts like a child who is so drawn to gaming and doesn’t want to go to bed (even if it’s just 10 minutes).
So how to keep motivated in meditation and break away from the resistance? Here are 6 tips (or tricks, if you like) that I tried and turned out to be helpful:
6 Tips To Be Consistent In Meditation
1. Find your reason
Our subconscious mind will not devote any time or energy to things that it regards as unnecessary. So I strongly encourage you to find the reason why you want to meditate. Dig deep. Repeat to yourself a couple times a day and hold on to that belief because it is what will carry you to go a long way.
2. Let go of rules and limits
3. Meditate at the same time every day
4. Be flexible
You may not have so much time meditating if you are on an extremely tight schedule or on a trip. But you can still do a mini-session on the way to work (only if you are not driving) when taking a bath or simply walking home.
I will always keep some tracks of meditation music on my phone that lasts about 4 to 5 minutes each. So whenever I have time, maybe a short break, I will put on my earphone and enjoy the zen and serenity.
5. Have a visible mantra
Or a quote, or your handwritten mindfulness goal. Stick it on your vision board or hang it on the wall. It provides some light for you to hold on to in the time of stress or mental fog.
It will become an instinct for your mind to calm down whenever you see the mantra. So it will be easier to break the strings and start meditation.
6. Keep your mind guessing
I approach meditative exercises the same way as I do for physical workouts. The more used you are to one particular training, the more bored you are. And we are more likely to quit when boredom kicks in. So switch things up every now and then will definite help to keep you excited and to go a long way in mindfulness practice.
The guided meditation from The Honest Guys and the Guided meditation Site are my go-to place when I want to try something different. They both offer a variety of different exercises and I love love love the voice of the narrators..