You made it to the end of the kickstart. Congratulations!
In our final lesson, we're going to bust the misconception that knowledge is the main ingredient for success. These past seven days have provided you with a lot of information for kickstarting your meditation practice. But the most important component of the kickstart is consistency with the suggested practice meditations. After all, meditation is a practice-oriented practice—meaning, you can have all of the knowledge and understanding in the world, but without putting it into regular practice, it won't feel as easy to integrate it into your life.
Write it down. No, seriously, write it down.
Don't just nod your head. Actually take a moment to jot down your plan. When exactly are you going to meditate? What happens if you miss that time? What's Plan B? Make a meditation plan in the same way that you would make business plane. Keep it realistic, schedule milestones, put stop gaps in place, and rewards, and maybe even write a contract with yourself where you agree to continue meditating every day for 60 or 90 days and beyond. The more seriously you take this step, the more consistent your practice will become.
Find a community
Another great way to be consistent in meditation is to surround yourself with other daily meditators.
Birds of a feather definitely flock together, and it's especially true with meditators. Meditators like hanging with other meditators, not only because of their shared appreciation for inner work, but also because meditators are easy people to be around. They don't stress out as much as non-meditators, which makes hanging with meditators awesome. I recommend finding friends who meditate, or introducing your meditation-curious friends to this kickstart, and that way you will have a meditation buddy and potential accountability partner.
Resist the temptation to make meditation overly complicated
Over time, we have a tendency to complicate simple things. You may take a yoga class where the teacher suggests breathing in a certain way, or read a blog where the writer says you should meditate in accordance with how you feel, and start adding things into your practice. You can certainly meditate in any way you choose, but I recommend keeping your approach as simple as possible (just like you learned) and resisting the urge to blend techniques or overly complicate the practice. You really don't need much other than comfortable back support, a passive attitude, and very lightly noticing your breathing, in order to have an effective practice.
Schedule your meditations
Before you sit for your 10-minute practice, you're going to schedule out your next month's worth of meditation. Decide what time you'd like to meditate each day and put an alert in your phone, or simply plan to sit at that time every day without fail. Obviously, you may not be perfect, but having a plan is going to set you up for success a lot faster than winging it.
Thank you for participating in this kickstart. I'm sad that our 7 days together has come to an end. But I will be checking back in with you soon to see how things are going, and I also want to let you know about an online meditation community that I created not long ago for people who don't have a lot of community or support where they live. For now, keep meditating as consistently as possible and I'll be in touch. Much appreciation!
Post a selfie representing the end of your challenge, and please make sure to tag #meditationkickstart so the beginmeditating community can encourage you as well.
Sample accountability post