How to build a steady meditation practice in 3 steps – Meditation Basics

Kindness Code Podcast: Three Fundamentals to build a consistent practice of meditation.

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There are three fundamental things you should develop if you are seriously looking forward to building a consistent practice of meditation. 

You must develop them gradually. 

Hi, I am Harsha.

Let me introduce you these three fundamentals.  

I learned them from my monastic guru in Sri Lanka, over 25 years ago.

And these three fundamentals laid the cornerstones for my meditation practice to grow from a fragile one to a formidable one. 

Here are those three:

Time, Place, Duration.

1. Time: you should sit for the meditation, every day, same time. 

2. Place: make sure to sit in the same place every day.

3. Duration: should be consistent. 

Let me explain them in a little detail.

1. Time

You should sit for the meditation, every day, same time.

If it is 6 am, it shall be 6 am throughout the week.

Do some random experiments and find the most appropriate time of the day & that works perfectly for your daily routine. 

2. Place

Find a place free from disturbances and distractions.

Less noisy, free from strong smells.

Make sure to sit in the same place every day.

Find a stable, low lying seat.

A meditation cushion can be an ideal one. 

3. Duration.

To start with, find a short duration.

Let’s say 5 minutes.

Then, each & every day, meditation duration should be 5 minutes.

It shall be consistent.

For example, 10 minutes yesterday & 5 minutes today is not a consistent practice.

Then, aim to advance gradually, step by step.

Twenty minutes duration can be a reasonably good length of time.

It took some time for me to develop from 5 minutes to 20-minute consistent meditation practice.

Let me remind you again the three fundamentals: Time, Place & Duration. 

In this short session, you have learned about, the three fundamentals that you should develop if you are seriously looking forward to building a consistent practice of meditation. 

You learned, what are those three? And what you should aim for, within those three fundamentals?

Now, spend some time experimenting on these fundamentals before fixing them.

Once you fix them, don’t change.

Self-discipline is very important. 

Well, to be honest, back then, I was not a man of strict discipline.

Over the years, I learned the importance of self-discipline. 

Through incremental steps, all these disciplines have been shaped up.

I trust that you would find the beauty of these three fundamentals, and the way they make your meditation a nice and easy practice of daily life. 

See you again in another session.

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