Many people start a meditation practice and then drop out. I want to come up with a list of some techniques to keep them going. Please add or comment on the following suggestions. 1. Attend meditation group meetings regularly even if they meet hours away and you can only go once a month 2. Try and go on a retreat at least once a year. 3. Use guided meditation tapes when your practice is going through some rough times. There are plenty on the Internet 3 Vary your practice. Sometimes I will concentrate on vedana, sometimes on letting phenomena go, sometimes on just returning my attention back when it goes away, sometimes on the hindrances. Usually I do vipassana but sometimes switch to samadhi. Sometimes I start off with samadhi meditation counting 200 breath cycles and then switch to vipassana. If I am doing samadhi, I might pay attention to 8 focus points, i.e., beginning and end of in breath and out breath plus the two turnarounds. I might pick one point to start and then go to the next point and so on. Then I would put them all together. 4. Start off with walking meditation. 5. I have some CD's with nature sounds that I use sometimes while meditating. I rarely use these but it helped when I was going through a rough patch last year. 6. One thing I learned when I ran a lot was to just get out the door. That was my goal. Once I did that, I almost always finished my scheduled run. This translates into a meditation practice by blocking out a time and just starting. 7. Count breaths (1-10 and repeat) and note whatever came up. 8. Start off with setting intentions or purpose. Mahayana Buddhists say the following Bodhisattva Vow: However innumerable sentient beings are, I vow to save them. However inexhaustible the defilements are, I vow to extinguish them. However immeasurable the dharmas are, I vow to master them. Howver incomparable enlightenment is, I vow to attain it. For a time, I would use a variation of this by saying: My purpose is to alleviate stress and suffering for myself, all those I touch and all beings. 9. Say to yourself at the start of meditation, I have nothing better to do in the next 25 or whatever minutes. 10. Use a mala, worry beads or rosary to count breaths. 11. Try to meditate at the same time each day. 12. During the meditation session, investigate whatever resistance comes up.