I find we live much of life on automatic pilot.
We know more joy when we 1. State specifically what we want.
2.Constantly focus on it.
3. Take action to make it happen.
Tip 1 Be realistic in your expectations. Training or taming the “mad monkey mind” is a skill to develop over a lifetime. If you are new to this take your time, enjoy the newness of the journey. Andy Puddicombe says”If expectations are too high then you may well feel disappointed and demotivated at some stage. So just take one day at a time.”
Tip 2 Meditate first thing in the morning if you can. It will ensure it gets done, and is a great way to start each day. Starting fresh each morning enables us to see the day clearly and puts things into perspective.
Tip 3 One teacher put it this way.”If you choose to do it at another time of day, prioritize it. This means putting it in the diary and committing to it in the same way you would to any other kind of meeting or event in your week. Just sit for 10 minutes remember nothing is more important than the health of your mind.”
Tip 4 Think “same time, same place.” That’s why so many people benefit from a weekly class. As you are driving to class the mind is already shedding the day and preparing you for meditation. For daily practice create a corner or use the same chair or matt, only for meditation.Toby advises “Try to create a conducive environment in which you can immediately relax into and make it part of your daily routine.”
Tip 5 You may find it useful to add meditation to your pre existing daily routine. Think “morning walk and then meditation,” or perhaps “shower and then meditation.” Thus we integrate the practice into a well-established routine that already exists.
Tip 6 Be flexible, no matter what. If you intend to train the mind for the rest of your life, you can be sure that there will be days when your routine is thrown out of shape. Don’t let that be an excuse to skip a day, just do it later instead. It is always better to sit for a short while than not at all, even if it is only a minute.
Tip 7 Avoid judging your meditation. It is tempting to think you are “good” or “bad” at meditation. In truth, there is no such thing. There is only distraction or non-distraction.Take the big picture approach it is for the health for your life.
Toby says”If you tell yourself you are bad at something you will lose all motivation and are unlikely to do it. If you understand the purpose, this will never be a problem.”
Always reflect on the benefits of meditation at the end of the session. Notice how you feel, physically, mentally and emotionally. The more you establish the connection between training the mind and feeling better, clearer, or calmer, the easier it becomes to sit down and practice each day.
My Yoga Teacher yoga Shanti said “When thoughts and actions become destructive, it is your responsibility to alter or abort them and institute new habits as the foundation for a freer, happier life. Steady efforts always bring results. Exert your power, improve how you think and intetract in the world. The force is always with you.”Shantiyoga.com