I recently had a great conversation the other night with a good friend about the importance of consistency when building habits. It can be easy to try something out for a few days, then table it when we either fall out of habit, feel like it isn’t working for us, or get caught up in distractions. But if we only give something a shot for a short period of time, have we really maximized all of its benefits?
I’m the first to admit the guilt of going days without meditating, only to half-heartedly pick it up towards the end of the week to make up for lost time. It can be easy to lose interest in something if we aren’t trying it out consistently or giving it a fair shot. Because daily meditation is initially challenging, it feels easier to move on from it quickly without giving it a lengthier chance.
A daily commitment is critical in order to reap the benefits of meditation. Just like a sport or any skill, really, meditation must be exercised like a muscle in order to grow its abilities. One of the purposes of Heartfulness Meditation is to create internal peace through self-connection by meditating on the heart. Maintaining the strength of that connection can only happen through a daily connection with the heart. It is recommended to try the Heartfulness practice out for at least seven months to truly understand the depth of its benefits.
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If you’re struggling to commit to daily meditation, don’t give up! After all these years, there are still days (and weeks!) where I struggle to get in the chair and meditate. What motivates me is understanding the benefits and recognizing how much better my life is when my mediation practice is on track. Daily Meditation is definitely a challenging concept, but with willpower, self-interest, and commitment, it can become a daily part of your life in no time.