When we live life to the full, with multi-tasking being a keyword for any strong minded professional, and caffeine being our main form of get up and go, deciding to meditate may seem like too much of a tall order. Why do we love that coffee place? When you want a tall order, you damn get one, and it's customised for you. Meditation is like this, the pathways are many, by self, in groups, over the internet, it's amazing how we can find out more, find space to do it, and give ourselves that little break from the inner dialogue that we all need.
How many people suffer with insomnia, or maybe not the medical condition but how many actually lay awake in bed thinking they want to go to sleep but can't? I have this problem and I am sure many of my readers do too. This time of day is ideal for meditation, it really is, as there is nothing left for us, we have exhausted all the possibilities of the day and we simply want to not be conscious any more. Going the other way into a state of meditative superconsciousness will usually do the trick and allow sleep to happen without a moment's notice. The best times I like to give myself, are a few moments to sit and visualise, or concentrate on an empowering thought, or even reduce thinking down to the bare minimum - the occasional proclamation of inner silence and questions about the washing being totally normal, the practice is great for helping us deal with stress, tiredness, creativity, and even things like depression and anxiety.
From my personal experience, I was a big fan of using crystals and music in my first years of practice. I would love to sit in my crystal temple made from little stones I'd bought from my local magic shop, and it was really fun, it did the trick. Since then, I've let go of much of the paraphernalia of spiritual practice, including some of the key phrases that I found myself picking up from conversations with like minded practitioners. I think we all discover our own unique path of self discovery, we all have different needs and reactions to things, but when it can be whittled down to one trait, one base-line desire, it does seem to be about acceptance of the now, the place we are in at this very moment, in which ever way it happens to materialise itself in.