How to keep up your meditation motivation!

We all like to pretend we’re all over this wellness stuff right? Eating well, exercising and meditating as much as we can. Watching everyone else live a seemingly perfectly healthy and well balanced (but in reality highly edited) life over Instagram often doesn’t make us feel good about acknowledging things could do with refining either!

Meditation hour glass

Things start to get really interesting with a refined meditation practice. This means committing to 20 minutes, twice a day. Skipping them here and there and not being consistent brings scatty results truth be told. A morning meditation is best done first thing, to avoid excuses for not doing it later. Once we go to the gym, for a yoga class or a walk, we’ve generally checked emails, posted something to social media and are well into the day. A cheeky coffee after a gym session is a sure fire way to not have a great meditation afterwards.

The afternoon one, let’s be honest, is the hardest. We’re all sooo busy. There is always just so much to do. We secretly like to feel self-important and like the world might fall apart if we take 15-20 minutes out. Let’s stop being all Chicken Little about it (thinking the sky will fall, the sky will fall) and instead make it a priority. The truth is we will be more creative and productive after recharging our nervous systems with meditation. So schedule it in, make it happen and be the best version of yourself that you can be all afternoon and into the evening. Your body and mind will thank you for it!

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honour your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on earth. ” – Bradley Whitford

Feature image: iStock. Hourglass image by Grace Cassio

 

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Jacqui Lewis
Jacqui Lewis is a Vedic meditation teacher, wellness expert and the co-founder of The Broad Place. Embracing the attitude that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, Jacqui wears many hats. Since graduating as an interior architect in her early 20s, Jacqui has gone on to become a graphic designer, creative strategist, and is now an expert Vedic Meditation teacher. Jacqui experienced huge amounts of stress through her 20s. It was a decade characterised by incredible accomplishments, coupled with severe exhaustion and periods of intense anxiety. Following this period, Jacqui realised that Vedic Meditation was the one thing which had helped her to stay on top of it all. After a series of incredibly high-pressured projects that kept burning her out, Jacqui committed to understanding everything she could about meditation and its benefits, having witnessed the results of the practice so profoundly first-hand. With so many misunderstandings still surrounding meditation (think common questions such as “do I have to be vegan and wear hessian to meditate?”) Jacqui also decided to prove that meditation and a love of style can co-exist. She studied extensively for years with Vedic expert Thom Knoles. Then underwent a gruelling year long study program with Tim Brown in Sydney and finally graduated as a qualified teacher of Vedic Meditation, in Rishikesh, India. Together with her husband and business partner Arran Russell, Jacqui launched The Broad Place in 2013. The Broad Place is a multi-faceted brand based around modern wellbeing. It is at The Broad Place that Jacqui teaches courses in Vedic Meditation, tutors private students in mediation and stress management, runs intensive retreats and writes about all things wellness-related for the Journal on The Broad Place website.