Quiet Mind Meditation

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Habit of Meditation

hab·it (noun) : an acquired behavior pattern 
regularly followed until it has
become almost involuntary

Meditation is a practice .. and the best way to make meditation a consistent, reliable and ‘no-fuss’ practice is to make it a habit.

Like brushing your teeth at night .. you don’t have to re-think your commitment, the process or the action itself, over and over again each day .. because you have now made ‘brushing teeth’ a habit. Meditation is much the same.
While we might 'wish' to include meditation into our daily life, in real life we quickly find that while our intentions are good, the difficulty often lies in remembering to do the practice!

So how do we make meditation a habit?

In our Quiet Mind Meditation E-Course recently we looked at ways to establish the meditation habit .. and some suggestions were:

1. Commit to a regular starting time
2. Slot meditation into a habitual flow ie. wake, pee, drink, meditate
3. Commit to a set period of practice and keep a diary to monitor (20min)
4. Finish well and reflect on the sense of well-being and quietness you have cultivated.  You should enjoy your practice and finish gently, and mentally acknowledge the positive sense of well-being.

Remembering our intention to meditation can also be a challenge, so I have some suggestions here too .. 

* Join our FACEBOOK or Instagram pages for daily tips and reminders.  This is the best way I can be 'with you' and share my passion for meditation with you.
* Join our Monday Meditation Musing group so that each Monday morning you receive a meditation article or practice that acts as a reminder
* Join our next Quiet Mind Meditation E-Course - starting 1st MARCH 2015 - a 31 Day daily email course that gently guides and supports you to start (and sustain) a regular meditation practice
* Add us to you favourite blog feed (I use bloglovin - here

You might also .. 

* use post-it notes around your house/workplace to remind you of your intention to meditate 
* set alarms into your phone
* add a little sign by your bed to see first thing when you wake
* integrate meditation practice into your daily routine (ie. after breakfast = meditate; or before bed = meditate)
* share your meditation practice with a friend each day (after your daily walk, stop on a park bench somewhere and spend a few minutes meditating)
* join a meditation group or class (such as Simply Silence if you are in Melbourne, Australia) 
* start listening to a guided meditation CD (you could try our Find The Stillness CD available on our STORE only $20) 

.. any more suggestions you could share? 

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