Chase-Meng “Meng” Tan is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, and best-selling author. He is also a meditation guru whose work has been endorsed by the Dalai Lama. These are his three tips for sustaining a meditation practice.
Having a buddy encourages you and holds you accountable to meditating daily. The semi-scripted conversations are effective in furthering your practice.
Keeping meditation short and enjoyable ensures you will look forward to your practice. Meditating becomes an indulgence rather than a chore.
Using one breath as a meditation practice harnesses a valuable habit and preserves the momentum of your practice. You will find that one breath always leads to more mindful breathing. Mental fitness and joy on demand both start with one breath!
Have a meditation buddy.
Commit to a 15-minute conversation every week. Start with, “How am I doing with my commitment to my practice?” and, “What has arisen in my life that relates to my practice?” Then finish with, “How did this conversation go?”
Do less than you can.
Don’t make meditating a chore by pushing yourself to complete long sessions. If five minutes is too long for you, try three to four minutes. Sit often for short periods so that you enjoy meditating, and it becomes an indulgence.
Take one mindful breath a day and your commitment for the day is fulfilled!
You may not have 10 minutes, but you do have time to breathe in and breathe out mindfully.