There are lots of meditation courses offered all across the country. Learning to meditate with a teacher can be really helpful. It’s intimidating to start on your own. Many people wonder, Am I doing this right? Having a guide at the beginning is a great way to get on the right track. If you don’t fall in love with your first teacher, no sweat! Find another! The David Lynch Foundation offers 4-day courses on learning Transcendental Meditation. Check them out! Also, the Tibet House in NYC offers intro to meditation courses that are worth checking out!
When I’m having trouble quieting my chaotic mind, I find it helps to meditate with other people. A quick Google search will reveal where in your area you can go to meditate in a group. There’s something really powerful and inspiring about being in a room filled with other meditators. Their concentration and focus is contagious – you get a contact high! It even helps to meditate with just one other person. If you have a friend who’s interested in meditation as well, it’s a great idea to plan to meditate together a few times a week.
If you decide you’d like to do a 5 minute meditation, block off twenty minutes. If you’re going to meditate for 15 minutes, block off at least a half an hour. It’s difficult to calm the mind when you feel like you have to be on a conference call or run out to a meeting the moment the meditation is over. When you give yourself more than enough time, you’ll find that it’s easier to drop in and relax.
Think of meditation like brushing your teeth: something you do at least once every single day (hopefully twice!). You’d never leave the house without brushing your teeth, right? Make meditation a part of your daily life. The great thing is, the more you do it, the easier it will be. You may even come to a point in the near future where you actually crave your mediation. It stops being something you think you have to do and becomes something you want to do.