In no particular order, this is how it looks like from a beginner’s point of view:
- Regular, probably daily, meditation is the key.
- Its not a competition. It’s not like going to the gym; you don’t try to beat your personal best. You just do it.
- Have a certain time of day set aside to do it – I go for after breakfast and brushing my teeth.
- Having a certain space set aside solely for meditation is also a real help.
- Don’t read too many books on it. Find one written by someone you KNOW is an expert and stick with that.
- Try to remember your meditation during the day. Aim to recall it at a certain time or when you do something (someone I know got in the habit of pausing to be aware each time she went in and out her own front door).
- Meditation got me through some black times and I am grateful, but I think the aim of it should be that other people benefit from it and not just the meditator.
- Meditation is a lifetime (or maybe many lifetimes) task.It is not a quick fix.
- Procrastination is a real drag on practice.
- Go on a weekend course to learn the basics. It really helped me to hear someone actually say the stuff in the books, but also to know I wasn’t the only one doing this thing.
Finally, I found this graph about expertise also fits well with meditation. I saw it on @academicsSay and @1RonanConnolly on twitter. What I am saying is that I am no expert and I don’t know very much about meditation, so not all the list above maybe true 🙂