How to Do Daily Yoga and Meditation
Last week we ran the survey, What Are Your Major Obstacles to a Daily Meditation and Yoga Practice? And boy did the results come in fast and furious. There was a clear winner and many strong contenders as well. In the table below you can see the results and following that I address these problems and propose solutions to help you overcome them as well.
Establishing a long-term, consistent daily meditation and yoga practice is one of the most important things you can do, as it not only helps you develop personally, but is the key to achieving the purpose of human birth – Self / God Realization. It help you find joy, peace, wisdom and compassion.
The results below don’t add up to 100%, as more than one response was allowed. So the percentage is calculated against the total number of responses.
|Procrastinate Too Much||38||40.86%|
|No Time / Too Busy||28||30.11%|
|I Do My Practice Everyday / No Problems||20||21.51%|
|Don’t Know How To / Don’t Have Guidance||17||18.28%|
|It’s Too Hard / Not Enough Willpower||17||18.28%|
|Results Come Too Slowly||12||12.90%|
|Not Healthy Enough||8||8.60%|
|Not Interested, Not Inspired or Not Motivated Enough||5||5.38%|
|Meditation / Yoga is too Weird||1||1.08%|
Solutions to Problems Above:
Below I will point out various articles and techniques which tackle the issues that readers have indicated above as obstacles to a regular meditation and yoga practice.
Solutions to Procrastination, Willpower and Laziness:
The article 5 Keys to Stop Procrastination will be very useful to help not just with this issue of procrastination, but also to help with many of the other problems readers have indicated above. Specially the techniques will help the Too Lazy, Too Hard and Not Inspired groups as well.
In that article, I discuss techniques to developing energy, willpower and helping with the ability to execute things right away.
Another interesting series for those who need to break the habit of procrastination and implement things at the right time, is the following 2 part series – Spiritual Time Management.
Help for the Too Busy to Meditate Group:
This group is of particular interest to me, because this problem trips me up from time to time as well. Although I have discussed this issue before, I am keen on finding ways to simplify life so that there is more time for spiritual work and I plan to write more about my experiments with this in the future. The following articles already online will help though.
An article which discusses the importance of making leisure time so one can evolve spiritually and explains the role that money can play in that effort is Money Money Money and the Path to Enlightenment. But, one other article I want to point out which will also help and is not so obvious is How Much Time Should You Meditate for Daily?
The reason for pointing out this second article, is that sometimes you may just be too ambitious with how much you want to do, and thus set goals that are unrealistic. Setting such lofty goals and not being able to achieve them then leads to discouragement and is counter productive. So if you are busy, do less. But try hard to do it every day. If you can just get it started, it will build on it’s own.
Finally the following article has been very useful to many readers in these categories: The Golden Rule to Stop Excuses and Start Meditation Now.
Learn How to Meditate Daily and Learn Yoga:
This one I can really help with as there are lots of techniques and articles on the website to guide you on how to get your daily practice started. Here are the 2 best places to start learning yoga and meditation if you are just beginning. Of course, these programs are free of charge so do take advantage of them.
Also very helpful will be the following 2 articles which teach you how to meditate and teach you basic yoga poses.
Meditation Results Come Too Slowly Problem:
Yes the results of meditation practice are gentle and I have explained in the past that such a practice is difficult in our quick results, immediate gratification society – No Short Cuts to Enlightenment.
But let me impress upon you that although you may not notice it, meditation is changing you profoundly day by day, and if you keep up with the practice, one day you will simply be amazed at the wonderful transformation that has taken place within you.
Here is Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki explaining this aspect of meditation to his students:
Even better than the article above is perhaps this talk by Master Suzuki which directly addresses the question of results and effort:
The above addresses the gentle blossoming of goodness due to a daily meditation practice. Now as far as daily yoga practice is concerned, the results are of course much faster from a physical point of view and quite obvious after just a few weeks. There are plenty of testimonials to this on the website and I am sure you have read many of those already .
Inspiration for Daily Meditation and Yoga Practice:
The articles below regarding the enormous health and other benefits of meditation and yoga should really fuel your motivation to establish a strong daily practice. But, below in the "Learn from Others" section there are 2 additional items which I feel would be very helpful in getting you to meditate, so check those out as well.
Learn from Others:
For more inspiration I want to point you towards another survey that we ran here on Mastery of Meditation and Yoga which asked readers what was The Biggest Mistake They Have Made in Their Life. The #1 answer was "They Delayed Their Spiritual Practice". Yes that was #1, so when I run this survey again in 10 years, let that not be your response .
Looking closely at the survey you will also see that there are many (21%) who have indicated that they have successfully established a daily meditation and yoga practice. So if they can do it, why not you? If you are here reading this, that means you have been blessed with an interest in spirituality and invited by the Universe to join the party. The doors are open and we are all waiting for you .