The concept of meditation basically is that when practiced, it connects the mind and the body. The purpose of meditation is to help increase both physical and mental peace and calm, and then this helps you to know more about how to live more fully in the present.

Most forms of meditation have these four elements in common – the need for a quiet place with minimal distractions, a comfortable posture, a way to focus your attention, and an openness toward the process.

The start of any year is a great time to set new goals and invest in new habits. Making meditation a habit will allow you to enjoy the benefits of meditation more frequently but getting into the habit is truly the challenge. Here are a few tips to begin the new year:

  1. Start Small. Whether you’re meditating for 1 minute or 1 hour or somewhere in between, getting started is what is important.
  2. Schedule it. You schedule meetings, appointments, and lunches. Meditation is important enough to make it to your calendar.
  3. Know where you’re going to meditation. Don’t wait to decide where, or location becomes another excuse. Decide all the details including time and location.
  4. Choose a Method. Guided meditation? Visualization? Even apps like Headspace and Calm can be that resource to help you get started.
  5. Make it special. Meditation doesn’t need to be boring. Anything that helps your meditation can be useful whether it is incense, candles, or music.
  6. Be accountable. Following through any new resolution is a challenge. Share your (re)newed interested in meditation with a friend or partner and have them help you feel accountable. Make the excuses more difficult to make.
  7. Keep a Journal or Log. Start writing about your meditation experience. Having something to reflect on will help you through the challenging times.

 

It can take 2 months for a habit to become a behavior or practice. The key is to get started and know what you need to accomplish to meet your goals for this new year.