Start following your breath and relax yourself. Before starting think that your body is a most glorious innovation of all ages. You are diving in it.
Sit in a relaxed but committed manner to complete 12 mins
Start with 1 minute a day and add a minute daily until you reach your desired meditation time.
You can also do a little deep and slow breating(5 to 10 times), before each meditation seating.
Waking Up app by Sam Harris.
with me. I have problems with the Mindfulness form of meditation because of it's preference on being of their breathing technique of focusing on the lungs and abdomen movement. I prefer to meditate while breathing in a normal manner. I seem to listen and concentrate my focus on the meditations message much easier.
Try to find out if Fabulous has this type of meditation. I tend to use Headspace and Calm. Initionally they want you to experience the proper manner of deep breathing in a normal fashion, adding the particular meditation you require.
I did think about not answering this because of that but I will share my one glimmer of light.
I have learnt that things I have stuck at in the past eventually do become easy. I have been trying off and on for years but have decided this time, to just keep doing it every day until it becomes easy however long that takes. I hope you get some better answers 🙂
If 12 minutes is too long for you, you could start with a shorter duration, like 3 minutes, for the first week. Practice every day and make it a habit, then gradually increase the duration by 2 to 3 minutes per week until you are able to meditate for 12 minutes at a time (or even longer duration if you like). Everyone starts somewhere, and it’s ok to start small.
Hope this helps. Cheers!
The second method is basically a game I play. I try to mentally draw/write a number. I continue to do so sequentially until I feel my mind wanders away at which point I start Over with 1 again. It’s playful and if you get into the double digits, the process also gives a sense of accomplishment.