Everything posted by J.D.
Hi everyone! Excited to be in this group!
I've been studying mindfulness and spirituality for about a year now, so I'm pretty new to everything.
I'm starting to realize that I've had some experiences before. Unconscious competence, if you will lol.
I remember lots of times as a kid when I'd just lay out on my trampoline or some other random place, and kind just space out completely, listening to everything going on around me. I could go from bored to serene. Losing track of time while just simply being present.
I'm trying to be more intentional about it, rather than randomly sliding into meditation, but it's challenging to force myself into a session on a schedule.
Any advice on this?
Welcome J.D.! Nice to have you in the community. I'm Gillian - the community moderator.
Regarding your question, a couple of thoughts are coming up:
1- Is there a certain time of day you can practice each day? Identifying that would be the first place I'd start if you want to be more intentional about your practice.
2- I personally don't practice formal meditation each day; sometimes I practice yoga instead, sometimes journaling, sometimes shamanic journey work. But what helps to motivate me, which is a tip a teacher just offered me, is to take a moment each morning (my ideal time for practice) to quietly ask myself: What would be of most service to me right now? This allows me to naturally choose meditation or journaling or yoga or something else. That way it doesn't feel forced.
So if you are interested in a variety of practices (or even just different types of meditation), you could start by setting an intention just to ask yourself each day: What practice would be of most service to me today?
Let me know if this helps!
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