By Lili Büchner
“I don’t know why, but I really can’t meditate”, “I’ve tried meditation, but I really can’t stick with it”
I hear these sentences all the time when I mention that I am a meditation teacher and that meditation probably had the greatest impact on my life, wellbeing and spiritual path.
It is very easy and popular to establish once practice completely based on guided meditations, thanks to available apps, videos and platforms. However, often times the most beneficial and far reaching effects come with YOUR OWN PRACTICE. With that I mean, your own practice, just with YOURSELF.
Your own practice is definitely harder to establish, as you have to push yourself (at first) and because your monkey mind tries to distract you even more,- so focusing and sticking with it is simply much more difficult.
But believe me, you can get such great satisfaction from sitting down on your own terms, just closing your eyes and becoming aware. Without relying on technology or someone else guiding you. (Don’t get me wrong, I also love guided meditations and there are various techniques that ideally have to be facilitated, such as Spirit Guide connection, Yoga Nidra, etc.)
In order to help anyone who is struggling with their own practice, I wanted to share two meditation techniques that were taught to me at the London Buddhist Centre and that kicked off my own path.
I can highly recommend both techniques. HOWEVER, they only fully work if you commit to them regularly, ideally daily – even if it is just for 5 minutes.
The below audios are an explanation of both techniques, so that they can give you a guideline for your own regular practice.