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Finding the Time
The first step is to set an intention to pray and meditate, and then find or create a quiet space in your home where you may sit undisturbed in the morning. There are many reasons why morning is a good time for your prayer and meditation practice. The practical aspect of it is that your day hasn’t gotten going yet, so there isn’t so much to stop of slow in order to quiet the mind.
So, set your alarm clock five minutes earlier so you have the time to meditate before you need to get started on your day’s activities. Then bring a timer with a chime with you, and set it for five minutes. It is important to honor the time – you are making an agreement with your body and mind that you are only sitting for this allotted time.
First Do Nothing, Then Meditate
Then sit for the five minutes doing nothing. Don’t meditate, don’t pray. Just sit and feel all the resistance of the mind and body to just sitting. After a few days, as that resistance calms, then you are ready to begin meditating. If you begin before the resistance calms, you will think you are failing at meditating. Actually, you’re just failing at sitting still for five minutes.
Waiting for the Desire for More
Keep the practice to five minutes until you feel a longing or desire for more time. This often surfaces as a recollection during the craziness of a typical day of the calmness and sweetness you experienced in the morning practice. Now you can increase to ten minutes. Continue adding like that until you have a 20 minute meditation practice. That’s enough time to experience the deeper brain wave activity associated with meditative states of consciousness.