Meditation Mindset: 7 Steps to Set Yourself Up for Success

By Tris Thorp Tris ThorpMore and more people are turning to the ancient practice of meditation for cultivating clarity, peace, and purpose in their lives. While meditation is simple to practice, for some it is anything but easy. Just like having an entrepreneurial mindset is key to success in one’s career, having the right meditation mindset is crucial for developing a worthwhile spiritual practice that will lead you to your life’s purpose.  
Here are seven steps for setting yourself up for a successful meditation practice and jump-starting a life full of purpose and clarity.
1. Ground Your Practice in the Physical
Meditation should be grounded in a proper lifestyle. Think of the way you’re living as being a foundation for your meditation practice. For your practice to fully support you, you must also support your practice. It’s not necessary to live at an ashram and renounce all things amazing in life, and yet it is important that you be mindful of what—and whom—you are allowing into your space, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. A clean diet, emotional intelligence, and understanding that your perception of experiences creates your reality opens a clear channel for energy and information to flow freely.
If you live a chaotic life full of rushing from one thing to the next without being conscious and grounded in your thoughts, words, and actions, your meditation will also feel like a chaotic swirling of sensations, images, feelings, and thoughts. The majority of today’s western civilization struggles tremendously with slowing down, being still, and feeling the emotions within themselves. Meditation can help a great deal, but you have to set the foundation with the right lifestyle.
2. Show Up and Stay Committed
The late Dr. David Simon used to say that “commitment is walking through a door of change through which you never intend to return.” If there is anything that can derail your meditation practice, it is a lack of self-discipline. The meditation mindset requires that you decide on your path and you stay committed to it every minute of every day. This is not to say you have to meditate for hours upon hours every day and yet, the only way to be successful at something is to do it consistently.
Crisis meditating will not yield the results you seek. The results of meditation are cumulative, meaning they add up little by little. If you have a successful workout program, you know that the results you have seen did not happen overnight. On the contrary, if you’ve ever had an unsuccessful workout program—where you only hit the gym once every three months—you can attest that didn’t yield the results you were looking for. What you put your attention on grows stronger and what you take your attention away from withers. Commitment is key.
3. Have Intention and Purpose
Someone with a solid meditation mindset approaches his or her practice with intention and purpose. Maybe your intention is to slow down a bit and take a “time in” each day, or perhaps it’s to help you calm your mind and …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra