The time to begin your meditation practice is now. If you are thinking it would be better to wait until tomorrow, you are taking a big risk. Your mind will always create obstacles to keep you from your practice. Mind and ego prefer your life just the way it is. There is some impulse that brought you to these pages, some deep intuitive knowing that there is something more to life than you have previously known. That is the calling of your soul to awakening.
Of course, there are times of the day that will work better for you than others. That is not the point. Then, without delay, find a quiet spot and begin your practice. Meditation is the gift you can give to your soul in answer to its call.
Having worked for years to establish my own daily practice, and having taught many other individuals how to establish theirs, it has become clear that for most people it is best to make your meditation the first appointment of the day. I know it is not always easy to do when you have a child or loved one who needs your attention. In these cases, you may chose to get up earlier than anyone else in order to make the time for your practice. You might also consider asking your family for support in carving out that time for yourself. In any event you will find a way to make your meditation your most important appointment of the day.
You may say that you are not a morning person and that you would prefer to wait until evening to fit your practice into your day. You may also notice that by the end of the day, there are any number of distractions that will take you away from your promise to practice. Most students tell me that if it doesn’t happen in the morning, it just won’t happen. The good thing about the very early morning hours is that the world around you is still quite peaceful and your brain state is closest to the lower frequencies of Theta and Delta that you are seeking in your practice. Find the time and place that works for you and make a commitment to yourself to do it then. It may take some stretching to begin with, but one day you will not want to live without it.
One can go away on retreat for days and meditate for hours each day, which is beneficial periodically in order to deepen your practice. When you return to your life after such periods of retreat, life often presents you with an overwhelming to-do list, and often your meditation practice seems to pale in the face of all that you “have to do.”
The idea behind the Winter Feast for the Soul is
to create an opportunity for you
to bring your practice into your daily life
When these 40 days come to a close, your habit of making time to practice will have found an important place in your life. There will be no overwhelming to-do list awaiting you. And you will have formed a habit that you may not want to break. From a
Path to Peace