Showing up

I run into people I've taught to meditate almost on a daily basis around my neighborhood. And most of the time, I'll ask them how their meditation practice is going. You know, if they meditated that morning? And if they haven't been consistent, they'll usually mumble something about needing to come back and see me for a refresher.

That's fine, I'll say, but don't wait until that happens to start meditating again. It's a practice-oriented practice. So start today. Just do 10 minutes today. And then plan to do another 10 minutes tomorrow. Practice one. And plan for the next one. Take it one day at a time, and before you know it, you'll be back consistent.

And if that doesn't work, make it bigger than you. Dedicate your practice to world peace, or to being a better parent, or to being a more inspiring leader. If you view meditation as something you do solely for yourself, you'll be more prone to skip it. But if you give your practice a bigger purpose, you'll increase your chances of showing up. And meditation is 1% technique, and 99% showing up.