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Making a Mindfulness Practice Stick

I’ve been practicing mindfulness meditation off and on for over five years.  The operative words here are “off and on.”  Though I do generally live my life with far more attention and attunement to the present moment than ever because of my awakening to the power of mindfulness in brain change and overall peace of mind, the meditation part of my practice has come in fits and spurts.  The therapists in my consultation group and I often joke about this, how challenging it can be to stay with it, no matter how busy, how tired or how otherwise distracted we are.  Yet we all have experienced the incredibly positive impact a mindfulness practice has been for us (and our clients).  A few times we’ve had meditation supportive text threads going, to ping each other with a cute emoticon to signal we have completed our meditation for the day, (which by the way was very effective for a long stretch).

Like others, we still struggle to stay the course.  But really do want to.

Elisha Goldstein, PhD, author, teacher and co-founder of The Center for Mindfulness in Los Angeles, created a popular online coaching program called A Course in Mindful Living a few years ago.  He recently asked me to tell my readers about the upcoming second round of his online coaching program.

A Course in Mindful Living offers a highly enriched learning experience that includes:

  • Robust Curriculum:  Build mind strength, calm, focus, joy, and have more energy with a bi-weekly curriculum designed to give you time to learn, practice, and integrate mindful living into your day to day.
  • Inspiring Community:  Surround yourself with inspiring people so you can connect and be supported as you take your life to the next level.
  • Insider Conversations:  Leading mindfulness teachers discuss overcoming obstacles, reducing anxiety, improving relationships, increasing focus, and more.
  • Personalized Coaching:  1:1 access to coaches via live chat, as well live group coaching with a small and intimate group via Zoom to give you the support to stay consistent during the inevitable ups and downs that come with habit change.
  • Live Monthly Events with Elisha:  Go deeper, ask questions and reflect on your journey.
  • Accountability:  Exclusive access to a community of past graduates for mentorship; peers keep you accountable with the energy and support you need to thrive.
  • More… (you can learn more on his site, link on this page)

Adding a mindfulness practice to my life those years back was truly one of the most helpful things I’ve done for myself.  For me, my sweet spot seems to be the first thing in the morning when the house is not up yet.  What I noticed with this practice was an overall sense of calm, less reactivity to things that might have bothered me before and over time I was able to sit for longer (keep in mind, a meditation practice can literally start at 5 minutes and still be effective).  There were months when I remained committed but then life got “too busy” and it fell off.  And then I re-engaged for a period with the same end result, it eventually fell away.  Ugh!

When I saw Elisha was revamping and re-releasing this program, it was the welcome nudge.   It’s funny how we choose or not choose to do things.  Why is it that my exercise program has been registered as a “must do” for most of my life but the meditation apparently not yet, even though I KNOW it’s so helpful?

We humans are funny, so different yet so alike.  Let’s see if we can make this healthy habit stick!

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT is the creator of LoveAndLifeToolbox.com with tools for emotional and relationship health and is the author of Therapy-At-Home Workbooks® for individuals and couples. She is a frequent consultant for the media having appeared in CNN.com, HuffingtonPost.com, MensHealth.com and others. Lisa has a private practice in Marin County, CA and offers online therapy to residents of California.