For the next two months, I am going to meditate every day for at least five minutes. Because I am also starting a new job, this life change will set the stage for new summer habits. I am still figuring out the best time to do it, but after supper and evening activities seems like it will be the best time. Yesterday I meditated for twenty minutes, and I am going to do today's meditation after I post this. Based on the advice from this lecture by Kelly MacGonigal, I have analysed some of the times when I can see myself failing at this challenge. Some of these challenges include:
- Noise from my family. There is a subwoofer in our living room and in my brothers room, as well as creaky wood floors throughout the house. I will use earplugs to overcome this when the house is too noisy, even though I prefer not using them.
- Interruption. One problem that I have had in the past is that when I was sitting, my family would come knocking at my door or walk right in. This time I have told them about my plan, and created a sign for them not to interrupt me. Similar to the sock on the door trick for roommates, I have a loop of string that I place on my door handle when I am sitting. Otherwise, I store it on the other side of the handle.
- Fatigue. In the past I have failed at building this habit largely because I would just go to bed without meditating. This time, I will sit for my minimum amount of time before going to bed - if anything, it will help me to sleep better unless I have a particularly tough session.
- Hanging out with my girlfriend. We often hang out until bedtime on weeknights, which means that there isn't much time for meditation. On these nights, I will have a quick sit right after she leaves for the night. If we will be sleeping together I am going to either plan ahead to meditate beforehand, or I will let her know and sit for five minutes before we go to sleep for good.
Now it is time for me to sit!