Step 1 – Find thirty minutes
This should be very easy to do but is often seen as difficult if not impossible. But there are one thousand four hundred forty minutes each day. Pick thirty of them that are touching each other.
Some people prefer to meditate in the morning, some people prefer the evening. There may be advantages to both or either but I do not want to talk about that. Many people who meditate for the first time worry far too much that they are “doing it wrong”. They probably are; they are beginners after all. But worrying about doing something wrong often leads to not doing it at all. So let’s not worry about details just yet.
Find thirty consecutive minutes that will be used for practice each day.
If you protest that this is impossible, that between your job, your kids, your exercise regimen, and your house work you simply do not have thirty minutes to spare, let me assure you that you are lying.
It is ok that you are lying. The lie of being busy is a lie we all tell. I’ve worked with many people whose lips say they haven’t a moment to spare but whose internet browsing history tells a different story.
Did you read the news online today? Did you watch a TV show or a movie? Did you browse Facebook or Reddit?
Don’t lie, I know you did. And it’s ok. But this is where we begin. There are ten thousand things clamoring for your attention right now – at this very second. To begin and to progress we must learn to turn them off.
So. Find thirty minutes. Find thirty minutes in which you will be able to sit each day.
Now go ahead and dick around online with them. Or read a book. Use a timer and when the thirty minutes are up, stand up and continue on your day. Dick around on the internet for thirty minutes, but do it deliberately, confident that you have taken the first step on what will hopefully prove to be a profound journey.
That is all for now. It’s not much but this is probably the most important step. You must make the time to sit and be quiet, and because that is something our culture frowns on, it can be the hardest thing to do.