You’ve just completed a meditation class or come home from your first retreat and naturally there is a concern that you will lose the momentum of your practice. Maintaining a daily practice is often the biggest concern for new meditators.
One of the important qualities of mindfulness is to “re-collect” so if you re-collect what you’ve gained from meditation so far this can lay the bedrock of right intention and motivate you to keep up a daily practice. Even with this intention though there are some important keys to keeping up and cultivating your practice. Here are a few suggestions:
1) Don’t set too high a standard be realistic given your own schedule and start easy on yourself. If you make a commitment to practice 45 minutes every morning, but find that you’re only able to do 20 (or less) then the judging mind will call you a failure. Consistency is more important than duration so decide a length which you are comfortable you can regularly achieve.
2) Set a regular time when you will meditate as this helps create discipline.
3) Have a space in your home (even if it’s just a corner of your room) that is your meditation space. Have a cushion or a special chair for your practice.
4) Try to practice with a group once a week. If there isn’t a meditation group one in your area, start one.
5) Find a meditation buddy—you can check in once a day to hold each other accountable.
6) Use an APP which has intervals and perhaps helpful guidance. (Insight Timer is a good place to start)
That’s it! Good luck as you develop your meditation practice.