Thank you! Your guide is on it’s way
In a few minutes, you should receive an email from me that contains a download link for your copy of my Guide to Effortless Daily Practice.
The tips and suggestions in that guide have helped many of my students to start, and maintain, a daily meditation practice, and I’m sure they’ll help you too!
And while you wait, here’s a useful tip for you…
Before you read your guide
One of the key elements to successfully keeping up your practice for the long-haul, is to really enjoy it.
I talk about this element a lot more in Part II of the guide, but it’s so important that I wanted to highlight it here for you.
The tricky part is that it can be tough to enjoy your practice when it feels like a struggle.
Many of my students, when they first enrol in a course with me, tell me that they’ve have a hard time in the past sticking with their practice.
And many of them tell me they feel frustrated because they’re not making much progress, even though they’ve invested all this time and energy into it.
A common stumbling block…
When I ask for more details, the most common response is that they feel like they can’t meditate properly because of all the thoughts racing around in their mind.
Does that sound familiar?
This is really, really common.
Often, it can seem like there’s so many thoughts, pulling you from one thing to another, that it’s almost impossible to do something as simple as “follow the breath”!
One minute, everything’s going great, and the next, you’re working on your todo list, or figuring out what to have for dinner, or thinking about that argument you had last night…
So, naturally, you might think that you need to clear your mind in order to meditate properly.
But that’s a myth.
… how to overcome it
In fact, you can have very productive and satisfying meditation sessions, without needing to still your mind or get rid of thoughts.
What you need to do instead is bring mindfulness to the process of thinking.
When you do that, you can actually use the presence of thoughts to help you develop and deepen your mindfulness skills.
Thoughts then become your ally, rather than being your enemy.
Because learning to skillfully work with thoughts in meditation is such an important skill, and is so commonly misunderstood, I’ve put together a short mini-course to guide you through how to do it.
It’s called Meditating with the Unruly Mind.