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Anyone that’s been meditating for a while knows the answer to the question…
Is discipline required for meditation?
Now you may be asking yourself this question if you’re just starting out with meditation.
Or, even if you feel you’re not getting the results you were hoping for.
Maybe meditation is something you’re considering to try in the near future.
I am going to be straight with you.
Meditation requires discipline.
How much discipline is required is the big question.
Meditation doesn’t really require the discipline you might think.
It’s not the drill sergeant type of discipline.
It’s the kind of discipline that you can learn to enjoy.
The discipline that fuels great results.
So before you tune out just because you heard the word discipline, just hear me out.
Our goal at Lamajo is to help people overcome stress and anxiety with our straightforward approach to meditation.
Spiritual fluffiness aside… there’s definitely enough fluff out there.
And, It’s not my style!
Ok… back to it.
Meditation is like anything else in life that’s worthwhile.
To get the best results, you’ll need to put in some time and a little effort.
But, do not fear.
It’s important to make meditation a part of your daily routine.
…Just don’t try and overdo it.
Is Discipline Required for Meditation Contents:
- Make Meditation a Daily Habit
- Find (and Keep) Your Motivation
- Keep the Mind Tricks in Check
- Figure Out What Works for You
Make Meditation a Daily Habit
Meditation has some amazing benefits.
From being a powerful stress management tool to relieving anxiety, and improving sleep.
There’s plenty of information out there both scientific and spiritual about meditation.
A lot of it can explain the benefits of meditation to you in more detail and depth.
I’m going to go with my gut here…
If you’re wondering whether or not meditation requires discipline, then, you’re probably already aware of some of the benefits.
That said, in order to start reaping any of these benefits…
You need to start finding ways to best include meditation into your life and make it a daily habit.
Now, any new habit will require a little time to develop.
Some studies say it takes on average, 66 days to form a new habit.
You may find that it’s easy.
Or you may need to set alarms and have a set schedule for your meditation like I did.
Either way is ok.
Be flexible with it and enjoy the process.
Also, keep in mind it’s not always going to be easy.
But, when you’re willing to stay consistent with your practice even when you don’t feel like it…
That’s when you’ll really get what you want from meditation.
What I can tell you after 6 years of practicing meditation is that you can overcome any bumps you’re going to hit in the road.
As long as your willing to make a little commitment.
Check out this post from Tiny Buddha…
Find (and Keep) Your Motivation
This one’s going to be a tougher cookie to crack for some of you.
It was for me, I can tell you that.
Finding motivation is easy when you’re just starting out anything new.
You’ve got that rush that comes with novelty.
You’re excited and pumped up.
What’s trickier is finding that motivation consistently.
Especially when you’re feeling down in the dumps.
When all you want to do is just sit on the couch eating chips all day.
That’s when you’ll need commitment and discipline.
The best way to get yourself through this is to remind yourself of your ‘Why’.
Have a clear reason you first started to meditate, and remind yourself of this…
That’s what helped me get through the difficult times and helped me stay motivated and disciplined.
In my case, what fueled me was that I wanted to overcome my extreme lack of confidence and anxiety issues.
I was really bad at communicating and handling difficult social situations.
Basically, I wanted to be able to control my anxiety and emotions a lot better.
Having this clear intention really helped me to overcome my issues.
I am now confident, content, and am able to handle my emotions so much better.
When I was starting out, I was pretty inconsistent.
I wasn’t very disciplined with my meditation practice and a lot of the time I felt like I was wasting my time.
But, in my blissful ignorance, I just kept at it.
Eventually learning that the most important part of meditation is consistency.
I’ve developed some tips to help stay motivated.
Again, you don’t need to be a drill sergeant, super-disciplined to get results from meditation.
But you do need to be consistent and find the time to do it daily.
Tip: Write down your ‘why’ and read it every day to help you to stay motivated and disciplined.
Keep the Mind Tricks in Check
Once you figure out your ‘Why’…
You’ll need to do some monkey-mind management.
Because your mind is guaranteed to play tricks on you.
It’ll try to convince you it’s ok to skip meditation for a day, or that you’re too busy, etc.
When you’re trying to create a new habit, it’s important that you stick with it, especially when you don’t feel like it.
It’s what the mind does, but what’s important is that it’s totally manageable.
You’ll definitely have days when you’ll feel tired, unmotivated, or just can’t be bothered.
Just remind yourself that it gets easier as long as you keep at it.
…And if you do, you’ll end up thanking yourself for the rest of your life.
So my advice to you is:
Even if you don’t feel like doing it, and even if you’re mind is creating excuses as to why you can skip it, just this once…
Do it anyway!
No excuses means no regrets and every meditation sitting is an improvement.
Figure Out What Works for You
This means trying and testing new times and techniques.
Have fun with it!
Remember, there is no one that knows you like you do.
Most people prefer to meditate in the mornings, myself included.
Still, there are those that can barely function until noon and without coffee.
Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Once you commit to making meditation a part of your daily routine, you can experiment with different times of the day.
Some people just do it when they can.
You can meditate in the morning, on your lunch break, or on the train coming home from work.
I encourage you to just adapt, be flexible, and test different times and different styles.
See when you feel more focused or what works best with your schedule.
Then just adapt your practice from there.
It’s really important for you to enjoy meditating, you don’t want to force it.
When you’re starting out any new routine there’s always that level of resistance that comes with it.
Some people may be forgetful or just undisciplined.
Scheduling your time to meditate definitely can help with this.
Overtime… you’re going to have a solid routine, and meditating daily will be second nature.
For myself meditating is just a part of my routine, I don’t have to remind myself or think about it.
I get up in the morning, brush my teeth, and sit down to meditate.
So, being disciplined can be very easy.
Especially if you’re just starting out…
My advice to you is, focus on having a consistent daily practice because over time it’s going to become a natural part of your routine.
Remember, you don’t have to be hard on yourself or force your meditation.
In fact, you shouldn’t.
You’ll end up getting sick of it and stopping altogether.
If you keep in mind what we’ve looked at in this post, then…
It won’t take long for you to start seeing some amazing results.
There are a few common beginner problems you may need to deal with.
But it’s nothing you won’t be able to overcome.
If I was able to overcome my lack of discipline, motivation, and focus…
I guarantee you will too.
Over time, everything becomes easier so just keep at it.
It’s not a punishment, it’s a gift.
…And enjoying it is the most important part.
If you want more to learn more…
Then check out our Ultimate Guide to Mastering Meditation.
You’ll find a lot of useful information to help you be consistent and amazing results meditation can bring into your life.
Until next time,
Co-founder of Lamajo.
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