Set Your Intention for a Meditation Practice

Have you ever wondered why your best intention to create a meditation practice fizzled out?

If you're just getting started or if you're re-starting your meditation practice, the most important first step which is often overlooked, is to set your intention. A common problem I've encountered in coaching meditation students, that are having trouble establishing a meditation practice, is that they didn't set a clear and realistic intention and their energy fizzled out before achieving their goal. If you think of your body-mind as a container, and you fill it with the energy of intention, it can fizzle out or leak out if not properly cultivated. It's also possible to overfill the container, if it's not ready causing the energy to overflow.

A systematic practice is the most effective way to tap into the healing power of meditation, writes Dr. Susan Taylor on Set Your Intention to Heal. So lets assume then that our initial intention is to establish a simple systematic practice of meditation for the period of one month, or long enough to make it a habit.

As an example, lets set a the intention to establish a daily meditation practice for one month, to help direct the energy of your mind. Here are some tips to help you follow through:

  • Create the clear intention to establish a systematic meditation practice.
  • Recognize that this is a new habit you want to create.
  • Be gentle and flexible with yourself.
  • Set simple, realistic and achievable goals for your practice.
  • Create a time and space for practice.
  • Practice at the same time every day.
  • Develop a good posture with your head, neck and spine aligned.
  • Focus on centering the body.
You already have the precious mixture within yourself to heal, just use it.
— Rumi

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