It's easy to only want to practice mindfulness when the mind is calm and clear. Waiting for the best conditions to sit can actually hinder some of the greatest benefits mindfulness has to offer. When we begin our practice, we set a schedule--which part of the day and for how long--ahead of time. Then, we commit to it and barring an emergency, we stick to that commitment. It's easy to come up with many excuses to not sit--busy mind, not enough time, too noisy, can't sit still--but giving in to those excuses prolongs experiencing the peace and calm that wait for us on the other side of our practice.
JoAnn Saccato, MA is an author, mindfulness teacher, educator, and consultant in Northern California. She helps her clients and community discover many ways to create the conditions and apply simple tools to companion themselves on a sacred journey, bringing more groundedness, acceptance, clarity, joy, authenticity and values-based responses to life.