I get asked all the time: "How do I keep up my mindfulness practice." People know it is important to practice mindfulness on (hopefully) a daily basis, but are often unsure of how to do this. Often, the prospect of having to practice this every day seems intimidating. First, I encourage you to write a list of all the ways you can practice mindfulness. It is not just meditation! Meditation is a great way to keep up your practice, but it is not the only way we can practice on a daily basis. Some other ways to practice during the day: take three mindful breaths, mindful walking, relaxing breathing exercises, gratitude practice...the list goes on.
For a meditation practice, here are some resources I use to inspire me and take those three minutes, ten minutes, or twenty minutes to meditation. I find guided meditations help me take the time to meditation.
- The good folks at the Mindful Awareness Research Center provide guided meditations on the Itunes app and on their website.
- Of course, the wonderful Tara Brach offers all sorts of meditations on her website and her podcast.
- Download one of the many mindfulness apps. Headspace and Calm are two of my favorites.
- Get a book on mindfulness. I love Calm by Angela and Dennis Buttimer.