When a new client comes to me and says, “I can’t meditate, I’ve tried and I just can’t do it,” the first thing I ask them is how long they’re trying to meditate for?
Almost every single time the answer is somewhere between 20-30 minutes! This is WAY too long for a beginner meditator and in my opinion, will absolutely set you up for “failure.”
So here’s my best advice, start small & keep it simple!
Choose a meditation that’s between 2-5 minutes MAX! You can filter this out in these apps, actually, you can tailor the entire meditation directly to your specific needs at that moment.
For example, in Insight Timer, I can click on the search icon, type in what I’m looking for, we’ll use “beginner” for this example, hit search, choose “audio,” and then I can sort the results by rating, length, female or male voice, background music or none, etc. I believe personalizing your meditation experience like this makes it more enjoyable and easier to digest.
If you’d prefer not to spend time customizing your meditation experience so be it. On Insight Timer you can click on the home icon, choose “guided,” filter by time, and choose a meditation from the drop-down list. Headspace is similar, you’ll choose “meditate” on the home screen, click on the search icon, choose a category, let’s say “beginning meditation” for this example, and choose the first meditation under “start here.”
Once this becomes a simple habit for you consider adding either more time to your meditations or increase the number of times you meditate per week.
This technique has turned all my non-meditators into pro meditators.
If need any guidance or further suggestions please reach out 🤗