One breakthrough I had in getting into a daily mindfulness practice was abandoning the idea that for it to be “true” meditation, I had to be sitting on the floor. There is certainly something to be gained by not reacting to little itches, tingles, pressure points…etc, but if you are overtly in pain during early meditations, I’d say you are probably doing it wrong. For me, everytime I’d try to get up from a meditation my legs would be entirely asleep.

When I abandoned that and just started doing meditations sitting upright practically anywhere else, on the couch, outside on an adirondack chair, and in a dining chair, I started to become comfortable enough to make progress in establishing a meditation practice, which has stuck to this day.