It can be tough to get a meditation practice going or to stay consistent with your practice. We can always think of reasons to squeeze meditation in later, or make up for skipping today with extra meditation tomorrow (that never happens), or just put it off for the future when we do those healthy things we’ve always been meaning to do.
I recently did a mindfulness facilitator training workshop with Mindfulness Without Borders and our wonderful instructors introduced a very simple meditation support technique. You only need two things to make it work: 1) email and 2) a meditation buddy. Your meditation buddy doesn’t have to be a friend or even live nearby. They can be an acquaintance or a stranger. All you need to share is a common interest in building a meditation practice.
Commit to your meditation buddy to meditate everyday. Then, after meditating, email your meditation buddy one word describing your meditation practice for the day. Your meditation buddy does the same.
This is simple but it works. There’s social support, commitment, a daily reminder to meditate, and a record of your experience. It’s great to use an email client that keeps the emails in a single thread so you can scroll back over your descriptions as you progress.