I am sure my experience with starting a meditation practice is similar to most new meditators out in the universe. First, I asked a fellow yogi if she would teach me how to meditate. She just told me to do it twice a day. Well, that was no help and left me frustrated. Then I received an email about the latest Deepak Chopra and Oprah 21-Day Meditation Experience. I signed up and never looked back. Here are some easy and simple ways to begin a meditation practice.
1. Make it a Habit
Regardless of the type of meditation you do, and how long or how often you do it, there are some tips to help make it a habit. Pick the same time each day and start with just five minutes per day. As that becomes a habit, gradually increase your time. You might want to tie your meditation time to another habit, like brushing your teeth or making your first cup of coffee, etc.
2. Deepak Chopra and Oprah 21-Day Meditation Experience
Keeping right in line with research suggesting that it takes 21 days to create a habit, Deepak and Oprah make meditating easy, fun and inspiring. They do a new experience once per quarter and each time it has a new, inspiring, relevant message. Some of the past experiences have included: Desire & Destiny, Hope in Uncertain Times, Becoming What You Believe, Manifesting Success, and the Energy of Attraction. Once you sign up for this guided meditation experience, you’ll receive notices of new ones. You can stream the audio on your phone, computer or tablet. Oprah begins with an introduction, then Deepak discusses the specific meditation and introduces you to the mantra. Gentle music plays in the background, and then Deepak lets you know when the meditation is over. Each session last approximately 20 minutes. You can sign up for this free meditation here.
3. Insight Meditation Timer
This is a fantastic free app. It has about 7,000 free guided meditations, a meditation timer that can be customized, about 1,500 meditation teachers speaking 25 different languages, and the ability to join and create groups. I like that when you complete your meditation, it tells you how many people around the world just meditated with you. Insight Timer is available for both Android and Apple products here.
4. Hurry Up and Meditate by David Michie
This is an informative, easy-to-read book that I really enjoyed when I first started meditating. Michie is funny, relatable, and gives very simple instructions on how to meditate. This review is right on target: “A time to rest and think has numerous health benefits…but really, who has the time? Hurry Up and Meditate is a guide to making time for a little peace, quiet, and meditation when one’s life doesn’t seem to present any opportunity for it. With a blend of scientific logic and poignant wisdom, Michie offers a plan that can improve one’s quality of life in ways they didn’t think possible.” Find the book online on Amazon. (Michie has also written a book called The Dalai Lama’s Cat that I absolutely adored. He disguises information about meditation in a cute and engaging story.)
I’ve also written a blogs on Six Myths About Meditation and Perceived Barriers to Beginning Your Meditation Practice. Check them out so you can bust the myths and break through the barriers.
About the Author
Rochelle Barcellona is an animal-loving, family-and-friends-embracing, yoga-meditation-and-ayurveda-teaching, happy red-headed yogi who owns Nourish Mind Body & Spirit in Northern California. You may learn more about Rochelle here. Rochelle may be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and 916-353-5200.
(Photo of Rochelle courtesy of Bella Barcellona Photography.)