What is meditation? This is a question that many people, including me have asked.
Meditation is a life skill that you can learn relatively quickly and start doing. By starting doing, you can develop a daily meditation practice that does not really take up too much time, you can start with 3 minutes a day and built it up at your pace and if you want to.
One benefit that people who practice meditation on a regular daily basis is that meditation helps to develop concentration skills. This is important for people who work from home – the main topic of this website.
The author of the book Practical Meditation indicated there are over 70 benefits in practicing meditation on a daily basis.
What benefits does meditation offer?
Meditation is a practice with profound physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits. Meditation has loads of benefits. This very brief section just focuses on some of the benefits that are health related, some of which are listed below:
- Improves immune system
- Improves energy level
- Improves breathing
- Improves heart rates
- Reduces blood pressure
- More longevity
- Lessens heart problems
- Lessens brain problems
- Lessens inflammatory disorders
- Lessens asthma
Theses are just some of the benefits of meditation.
The key to these benefits and the transformation it can bring, is developing a daily meditation practice. Developing a daily meditation practice is not too difficult.
How You Could Start Doing Meditation
You could read books or use apps or do courses are just three of the different ways you can use to learn and do meditation. Or a mixture of different methods to learn and do meditation. I actually used a mixture of these three methods to learn and do meditation.
I started by using Headspace, an online app that teaches meditation. A few days after I started using Headspace, I came across an online course. That was a 5 week course.
With that course, I learned and practiced a few different meditation techniques. Doing different meditation techniques, I was able to determine which techniques I liked best. That online course recommended the Insight Timer App.
I really took to the Insight Timer App. I found Headspace good, however I found Insight Timer App to be way better. I wrote a post explaining why here.
For me, I found that the Insight Timer App was and is the best solution.
Why build a daily meditation practice?
Good question. Because in a nutshell, you know meditation is good for you. Loads of studies indicate over 70 benefits of meditation. So consistency is essential in building a daily meditation practice. Some people find it challenging to build a daily habit. I know I do. 🙂
Maybe it is a lack of time, or a lack of discipline or a lack of motivation. The author of the Practical Meditation book has studied habit-building science, and developed all sorts of habits throughout his life. So here are some tips that he would like me to share with you, as they relate to creating a strong meditation practice.
It is better to start really small, so there is absolutely no excuse for you to skip your practice. For beginners he usually recommends starting with 5 minutes a day and increase that by 1 minute per week, until you are practicing somewhere between 20 minutes and 60 minutes per day. The amount of time you put into your daily meditation practice is up to you.
At the end of every session, commit to show up for your practice the following day.
This means that every day you will practice, even if only 5 minutes. Make it a non-negotiable part of your life. I have found that weekend days I usually practice later in the day then for a weekday. However, that is me. Because of the newer zero guideline, I now practice every day, there are no exceptions.
Nothing kills motivation quicker than unmet expectations. Although you should start to benefit from meditation after doing it every day for a few weeks, know that most of the benefits from meditation come only after months or years of daily practice. So letting go of expectations sounds like a smart strategy. I enjoy my meditation time in any case.
Sometimes you will feel tired, busy, or “not in the mood”. Be mentally prepared to meet those challenges with the “never zero” idea, and do the practice no matter what.