I'm often asked how to meditate, how often to meditate, what pose to sit in, what to think about, etc.
The Difficulty of Consistency
I admit, there is a lot to think about, and the anxiety of it all can counteract the reason we sit in the first place. But I want to encourage that you still seek consistency despite of.
One of the biggest takeaways I got from meditation was to persist. For so long, early on especially, I would sit and be distracted by my desire to empty my mind that I never was quite able to. In addition to that, this overall sense of failure existed because I felt like I wasn't doing it right.
Stop Measuring Meditation
After a while I relaxed into meditation and stopped approaching it looking for results or a certain experience. We get so caught up that we measure everything. From our workouts to our diets, we feel like it's not worth it if we don't see results in 30 days or so. Meditation doesn't work like that, the results are gained in the intangible. You might become calm and mindful over time. But, there's no real measure for that.
We are dedicated to the dedicated. I know for a fact that you don't need any product or service in order to sit and meditate consistently. But, I did notice that owning a meditation seat led to me sitting much more often than I ever have.
Natural Good Habits
There's something to being able to add good habits to your life without struggle. Think about it, shouldn't you be able to find that balance between what you want to add to your life by gently adjusting certain areas of your life. We see it in the minimalist community (they find mindfulness in owning less). We change our hairstyles and our wardrobe to shift moods.
I think this type of insight has come to me through meditation, it really is something quite powerful when you can pinpoint what meditation provides. Because still, the mind is largely unknown in its capabilities. We're here to enjoy and explore it as much or as little as we like.