How To Meditate Every Day For The Rest Of YourLife

Contrary to what you might think, it’s actually pretty easy.

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How often do you find yourself wanting to achieve mental clarity?

It’s something that many people want to do. But for one reason or another, most people have absolutely no idea where to start.

Contrary to what some content creators on YouTube might say, you don’t need to sit on a beach in California to meditate. Instead, you just need to be comfortable sitting alone with your thoughts.

So if you want to begin a daily meditation habit that’s incredibly easy to maintain, here’s how to start.

Find A Little Bit Of Time In Your Schedule.

I used to think it was impossible to create a daily meditation habit as I never had several hours in my schedule to sit down and think. So naturally, I immediately gave up on the idea as it wasn’t feasible.

But when I found myself experiencing feelings of anxiety, I knew that something had to change, as I didn’t want my mental health to deteriorate even further. I had to give it a go. I couldn’t meditate for three hours at a time. However, I could certainly do it for thirty minutes.

Making that decision changed my life forever. Within an instant, I learned that meditating for 30 minutes was much better than not even bothering at all. In the words of Jeff Olson:

“Some quit due to slow progress. Never grasping the fact that slow progress is progress.”

So if you want to start a daily meditation habit, remember that a few minutes each day can create massive changes in your mindset over time. Because when you take daily steps towards creating a better mindset, it’ll only be a matter of time before you reach your desired state of mind.

Let Go Of Perfection.

Look, there’s never going to be a perfect moment to meditate. Since I started making it a daily habit, I’ve learned that things will always be on your mind. Similarly, there will always be some sort of external noise to distract you.

Get used to it. Let go of perfection, and stop caring about everything you can’t change. Because when you cease worrying about everything you’re doing wrong, it enables you to concentrate on what you’re doing right. Like the Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius once said:

“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

Don’t get mad at yourself whenever you start thinking about something else. It’s normal. Because once you let go of the idea of being perfect, you’ll realize that it’s incredibly easy to maintain a daily meditation habit.

Experiment With A Variety Of Techniques.

If you do a quick search on YouTube for meditation techniques, you’ll see thousands of different strategies that influencers recommend to achieve mental clarity.

If you want to create a daily mindfulness habit, it’s essential to experiment with various techniques. But chances are, not every single one of them will work for you.

That’s totally fine. However, you certainly need to experiment with a variety of them, so you can find the few which are easy for you to maintain over a long period of time.

I’m going to leave you with a beautiful quote from Pema Chodron, who beautifully describes the importance of practicing mindfulness:

“Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have, and who we are. And realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are, and what we’re doing, rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive, and curious about ourselves.”

So every day, ask yourself: “What actions can I take right now to start a daily meditation habit?

That’s all you need to do.

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