One of the most common pitfalls with a new meditation practice is expecting too much of yourself. When I first started meditating I dragged myself off to a 90 minute evening class. 🤦🤦 It felt like HELL ON EARTH. Within minutes every cell in my body wanted to run around the room and then the negative self talk took over... "I can't meditate, I can't do this, there's no way I can quiet my mind, ugh when is this over, ugh the person's voice is irritating, maybe I'm just not a meditator" etc etc. And I abandoned the idea of continuing.
When you first start meditation even 2 - 3 minutes can feel like a REALLY long time. Sitting with your own thoughts for the first time can be a really alarming experience when you take note of the stuff your mind jabbers on about (often rather negative). So here are my tips to starting small..
🌟 Start even just with 3 breaths. See how that feels
🌟 Move onto 3 minutes
🌟 Use a timer, you will be able to relax more if you know there is an end already coming
🌟 Use a meditation app to record your practice. Gamify it and get excited by how many consecutive days you can do. Even if it's only 2 minutes per day! 🌟 Once you feel comfortable with 3 minutes start to increase it. You might find that some days you want to continue with ease and other days 3 minutes feels like enough. 🌟 Small steps and daily practice, you'll get there 🙏 🙏🙏💜💜💜