DAY 29 (2 Days Left!!!)
Habit Building Tip
Greetings, meditator friends!
This is our second-to-last practice together as part of the 30 Day Daily Meditation Challenge and I have been pondering how you can continue to maintain your daily practice.
You can, of course, sign up for the Teaching Balance Mindfulness Membership if you're not already a member.
In addition to this, I thought it would be of value to revisit the habit-building tips I shared with you this month:
Choose a particular time every day to practice. As you may recall, I'm a big fan of doing it first thing in the morning.
Determine what form of accountability motivates you best. Those who benefit from external accountability may want to find a practice buddy or post your progress in some way. Those who benefit from internal accountability may want to use rewards or create a paper or electronic calendar or checklist where you track your progress. .
Figure out a behavioral trigger (reminder) for your practice. This can be an activity or behavior you do every day like waking up, transitioning from work to home, or meal preparation.
Find a visual trigger (reminder) and place it in the vicinity of where you are most likely to practice. This could be a sticky note that says "Breathe" or a journal or calendar you use to track your practice. It can also be symbolic like a photo or small statue.
Know your "why." Reflect on what inspired you to start meditating and/or make it a daily practice. Has this changed in any way? Why do you keep at it?
Unmotivated? Do a micro-version. Instead of the 10 minute or 5 minute practices, just do 1 minute. Doing this maintains the habit and keeps your momentum going.
Make being a meditator part of your identity. Integrating beneficial habits into your identity allows you to be more consistent. "I'm a meditator. I meditate every day."
Choose your words carefully. When facing temptation to not meditate, explain to yourself, "I don't skip my 5 minute meditation." Using the word "don't" empowers you in a way that the word "can't" does not.
Think of it as something you want to do, not something you have to do. This should not be another chore. It is an opportunity to take care of yourself for a change.
Try not to miss two days in a row. If you fall off and miss a day, don't beat yourself up about it. Life happens and habit building isn't easy. Just do your best to get right back into it.
Some of these tips may work better for you than others. Play around with the different approaches and remember to be gentle with yourself!