Hi I am IyaLami and I am an "A' type. If you are familiar with the "A" type personality, you know that "A" types have a need for control. Yes, I said a NEED for control. You want to control every aspect of your life and the life of others. It can be a detriment to your health, it was for mine. Once plagued with anxiety attacks and an irregular heartbeat, I needed to find some calm and restore myself to balance.
While reading about the ancient teachings of Buddhism, I began to dabble in meditating. I was hesitant at first because I always am thinking and planning and never thought I could shut my brain down. Secluding myself in a locked bathroom with one candle and soft nature sounds, I established my meditating practice over 20 years ago. DISCLAIMER- My practice was intermittent for a few years.
Here is what I found helpful as I started my practice.
1. Start small- You don' t have to plan to meditate for 30 minutes the first time you begin. Start with two minutes and work your way up. Remember it is a "practice".
2. Start early- I set my clock to get up early before work to begin my day on the right foot. If possible, try to have a consistent time every day.
3. Start with your intention- As you begin your practice, what do you want to accomplish in that time. Is it to breathe more deeply?, feel more at peace?