Sigils and Servitors

practical experiments in chaos magic

Making meditation a habit

October 19, 2020 — Glyn Faulkner

I’ve always found meditating bizarrely easy to procrastinate over. I mean, it shouldn’t be that hard when the basic idea is to do nothing, which is exactly what I often find myself doing when there’s something urgent at the top of my task-list.

As a result of this paradox, I’ve had a patchy meditation practice for literally decades. Mostly this wasn’t a big problem, but as magic began to play an increasingly large role in my life, my lack of mastery of my own mind began to hold me back.

What’s a wayward wizard to do?

Well, I procrastinated over it, obviously! But, like many people, in March of this year I found myself stuck at home with nowhere to go and precious little to do, and figured I’d put my mind to finding a solution, and like many things I took ages getting around to, it turned out to be pretty straightforward.

Give it a try and see if it works for you.

Meditation as a learning-state

A light meditative state is a good frame of mind for learning stuff, partly through a reduced level of distracting internal noise, and partly because your brain’s security system (the pre-frontal cortex) lets its guard down a little. This makes it a bit easier to convince yourself of things you might otherwise reject.

Try this:

  1. Meditate for at least ten minutes in whatever way works best for you.
  2. Before bringing your meditation to an end, remind yourself how good meditation feels, and tell yourself that you’d really like to do this again, if not later today, then definitely tomorrow.
  3. Do whatever you normally do at the end of your mediation practice.

That’s it.

Tags: meditation