1. Start with a Few Minutes: Just as a smile sets a positive tone in a conversation, begin your meditation journey with just a few minutes a day. Gradually increase the time as you become more comfortable.
2. Embrace Skepticism: Like in any practical endeavor, it's okay to approach meditation with skepticism. Start with guided meditation apps or sessions led by experienced instructors to ease into the practice.
3. Focus on Your Breath: Practical meditation starts with mindful breathing. Find a comfortable spot, close your eyes, and pay attention to your breath. Inhale and exhale slowly, grounding yourself in the present moment.
4. Observe Your Thoughts: Meditation is like a mirror for your mind. Just as you mirror body language in conversations to build rapport, observe your thoughts without judgment during meditation. Let them come and go, like passing clouds.
5. Consistency is Key: Practicality means making meditation a consistent habit. Set aside a specific time each day for your practice, making it a part of your routine, just as you prioritize other tasks in your daily life.
6. Find Common Ground Within: Practical meditation allows you to connect with your inner self. Seek common ground within your thoughts and emotions, acknowledging that you share these experiences with others.
7. Be Kind to Yourself: Meditation is a gift of self-compassion. In your practice, be kind to yourself. If your mind wanders or you become restless, gently bring your focus back to your breath or chosen meditation technique.
These practical insights are inspired by "Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book" by Dan Harris and Jeff Warren, and brought to you by Omar's Desk. Incorporate these practical tips to start your meditation journey and experience the benefits for yourself.
PS: The combination of tips #1, #2 and #7 are particularly powerful early on in the journey - start there.