Meditation is HARD, y'all. I struggled for years to get it into my routine. And by struggled, I mean I spent years saying, "I should really do that..." without doing it at all.
I don't remember what changed or how, but it did eventually start to creep into my actual life, bit by bit. The benefits of meditation are widely studied and hugely impactful. Don't believe me? Read all about it here. And then just anecdotally, it seems every successful person from Oprah to Obama has it as part of their daily routine. So the practice does come highly recommended.
Doesn't make it easier though. Which is why it's good for you. So here are my tips on how to get started.
Don't try to be perfect at it. I cannot stress this enough. Really, the point is to keep bringing your mind back to your point of focus over and over again throughout the duration of your time. It's not about actually getting your mind to be quiet, though over time it will get easier.
Try a "learn to meditate" program. I love Headspace for how accessible it is. It's very non-woo, which is great for most people starting out, and the first 10 day program is free, and only 10 minutes a day!
Stick to guided in the beginning. Like I said, it's hard. Guided meditations are so much easier because the audio gives your mind a dynamic place to rest, rather than silence where your mind will want to wander. Again, Headspace is great. You can also check out Insight Timer, or even just Spotify meditations, or YouTube someone you admire like Deepak Chopra or Gabby Bernstein.
If you can't sit, move. Sometimes sitting still is just too much, especially if the voices that creep up are cruel, which is a totally normal thing. For people dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, or even just life, the things that come up in meditation might just be too intense to sit through. Totally normal and not wrong. Running, walking, vinyasa yoga, painting....anything that keeps your mind in the present moment.
Again, this isn't about being perfect. It's about actively training your mind to come back to the now over and over again. Would love to hear your thoughts on meditation! What's worked for you?