Meditate Daily

 

Now, I meditate 4-5 times a week and I have to say it’s really changed my life – for the better. I’m more focused, I think before I comment, and I’m more patient. I can really tell if I haven’t meditated in a few days – it’s like I’m on edge. So what changed, and what finally got me into it on a more regular basis?

I used to be a meditation dabbler. I thought that meditating at the end of yoga during Savasana would do me good for the week. I knew it had all of these amazing health and life benefits, but I really resisted doing meditation daily – I just couldn’t get into it. About 7 years ago, I even took  6 week course on meditation, where we met twice a week and had meditation “homework” (I remember clearly that one such assignment involved eating an orange “mindfully”). That still didn’t get me in the daily habit. I started to realize really successful people I admire, who must be WAY busier than me – like Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer – find time to meditate twice a day! I was clearly doing something wrong.

Now, I meditate 4-5 times a week and I have to say it’s really changed my life – for the better. I’m more focused, I think before I comment, and I’m more patient. I can really tell if I haven’t meditated in a few days – it’s like I’m on edge. So what changed, and what finally got me into it on a more regular basis?

Get an app

The biggest change for me was getting an app that had a multitude of guided meditations. My app of choice is Headspace, which has great free sessions, and friendly, instructional videos on meditation. They’re all led by Andy Puddicombe, who must have the world’s most soothing voice. The things I like about it are that you can choose “packs” with a certain focus, like creativity or productivity, and you can also choose the time. I find that 10 minutes has been a good sweet spot for me. There are also great one-off meditations on here too, for “SOS” moments (yes, I’ve popped into a conference room to do this) and fear of flying. While I really can’t recommend Headspace enough, I’ve also heard great things about other apps like SimpleHabit and Calm.

Find the time

It’s different for everyone, but finding a general time you can commit to every day is really important for developing this as a habit. My time is in the morning, after I work out but before I jump into work. I find that if I don’t get it in during this time, it almost never happens.

Space (but be flexible)

The other part of developing a meditation habit for me has been finding a consistent space to meditate in. I have a yoga mat with a pillow setup in our living room which tends to be my favorite spot. But when I was commuting a lot more, I found solace in meditating on the bus (if I had a seat) or on the ferry to San Francisco. All you really need is a place to sit, uninterrupted, for 10 minutes. Sometimes I would book a conference room to do this too. Just find a space that works for you!
Mary Sheehan is a co-founder of Bad Ass Lady Bosses and the founder of The Go-To Marketer.

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