Do You Struggle With Meditation?
Do You Struggle With Meditation?
Some people struggle with meditation, they may listen to meditation music, attend meditation classes or read books on meditation. Yet they are still unable to incorporate it into their daily lives. Meditation music can just send you to sleep, attending classes may make you feel uncomfortable or feel inadequate, if you don't know people that well, and books may just not cut it for you. Either way you feel like a failure! Or you are just to busy to meditate!
While most of us are aware of the benefits of meditation, very few of us actually have a regular meditation practice. There are a lot of obstacles to overcome in order to incorporate meditation into our daily lives
Through meditation you can experience peace and joy in your life, become less reactive and less stressed, giving you more energy and creativity! So What Is Meditation? Many of us have misconceptions about meditation. The most common misconception is that meditation is about getting rid of thought! That would set anyone up for failure! Meditation, rather, is about becoming the observer of thought rather than the reactor to thought. Meditation, pure and simple, is being fully present in the moment! In this meditative state you are aware of the truth of who you are beyond your body and your mind. Have you ever been in awe at a beautiful sunset? So much so that you forgot about what happened a few minutes ago, and you weren’t thinking about the future? You were completely in the moment and had this sense of aliveness inside? Well, that’s meditation! So now that we know what meditation is, how do we incorporate it in to our daily lives? We often put up barriers or excuses not to focus on meditation. For example: Not Having Enough Time The biggest obstacle people face in developing a regular meditation practice is time. We don’t have enough time to meditate! Yet there are simple ways to incorporate meditation into your life, without taking anytime out of your current schedule!
Consider how much time of your day you spend waiting. The average person waits 45-60 minutes a day. We wait for appointments, we wait in traffic, we wait in line at the grocery store and we wait on hold on the phone. Yet those precious “waiting times” can be converted into meditating times. By converting your waiting time into meditating time will enable you to accustom yourself to meditation in between waiting times. So next time you are waiting for an appointment, take a moment to notice your breath. Or next time you are waiting in line at the grocery store, take a moment to smile from the inside. Second, set a daily activity be your meditation. You can incorporate meditation into any of these daily activities: As you brush your teeth, notice your breath. Or notice the aliveness in your hands and mouth. As you empty the dishwasher, feel the aliveness in your hand as you put each dish away. If you have a pets let them be your meditation! Have you ever noticed when walking your dog, how your dog is completely in the moment, taking in its’ surroundings? Well you can join your dog in this blissful state. When walking the dog notice the aliveness in your feet with each step. Notice the aliveness of the trees, birds, your surroundings. While petting the cat, notice the softness of the fur. Be completely present with your dog or cat!
Surprisingly you can also meditate in the car. Now, of course, do NOT close your eyes and meditate while driving. But you can be completely present while driving, with your eyes open. While driving, notice the aliveness in your hands as you touch the steering wheel. Or at a stop sign or in traffic, notice your breath.
These are simple ways you can incorporate meditation into your daily life without taking any time out of your current schedule. If we all did these simple things, we’d have a daily meditation practice! Lack of Self-Discipline The second biggest obstacle people face in incorporating meditation into their daily life is lack of self-discipline! Meditation takes discipline. Many of us start out with great intentions to meditate daily or to exercise daily and we might do it for a couple of weeks, but then we lack the discipline necessary to continue.
That’s why life coaches, personal trainers and other professionals will assist you to keep the momentum and enhance your meditative states and differing methods of meditation. So if you lack self-discipline, find a meditation partner! Ask your spouse, partner, friend, coworker to join you in incorporating meditation into your daily life. Hold each other accountable. Or even if you can’t find someone that wants to meditate with you, tell your spouse/friend/partner/coworker of your intention to meditate daily and ask him/her to check in with you and ask you how you are doing. Not The Right Place To Meditate
The third most common obstacle is not having the right place or space to meditate! This is a “perceived obstacle.” You can literally meditate anywhere; while driving a car or walking through a crowded mall.
People often use not having a special place or specific area as an excuse not to meditate. If we continually wait for the right circumstances to meditate, we’ll never meditate. Falling Asleep
The fourth obstacle to meditation is falling asleep. And yet many meditation CD’s say that it’s okay if you fall asleep because you are still receiving the benefits of meditation. The only benefit you’re receiving is a peaceful sleep Meditation is awareness. It’s being fully present in the moment. When you’re asleep, you’re asleep, not meditating.
Here are some tips if you fall asleep while meditating:
Don’t meditate at night before bed. So often many of us want to meditate daily but don’t think about it until we are in bed or getting ready for bed and then we try to meditate. Of course we’ll fall asleep.
Try meditating in the morning or mid day when you are alert.
Meditate in small increments throughout the day. Again, notice your breath for a couple minutes while completing daily activities.
Too Many Distractions The fifth most common complaint from people is that there are too many distractions to meditate. Yet distractions don’t have to be distractions. If you are meditating and a distraction happens. Just notice it. Allow it to be. If it’s something that needs your attention, tend to whatever needs to be done, while still observing your breath! Not Knowing How To Meditate So many people feel that they don’t know how to meditate. We make meditation more complicated than it really is! Again, meditation is about being present in the moment. It’s really about finding what works for you! Again, you can incorporate meditation into your life without taking time out of your schedule. Your life can become a meditation. It is those moments throughout the day that we are fully present in the moment that matter. And through meditation, we discover the bliss of being that we are!
So now you have possible answers to encourage yourself to meditate, find the time wherever you might be and doing, find the right space, keep focused, and enjoy your meditation hassle free.
As you practice more and more you will and others will notice as well, a tremendous difference in how you deal with daily life, worry less, far more relaxed and be more in the present.
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