Overcoming Obstacles to Meditation
People give up on meditation for many reasons, the important thing is to become aware of your self-sabotage and MEDITATE ANYWAY.
1. I can’t stop my thoughts.
Meditation isn’t about thought stopping. It is about thought awareness. Allowing your thoughts to move through your mind is much different then engaging them.
Ex. I can’t forget to stop by the grocery store and get milk.
Engaging: Oh and while I’m there I need hamburger. Hmmm, should I buy organic this time? Probably because it’s healthier. Oh, but it costs so much and my husband will complain, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah
2. I just don’t have time.
Meditation can be just as much about being aware of your breath when you are stopped at the intersection as it is about sitting quietly with your legs crossed and your fingers touched to your thumb chanting the word “OM.”
Besides, research has proven that meditation EXPANDS time, really it does, I’ve experimented with it.
3. It’s boring.
Compared to what? Racing around 100 mph all day long trying to get it all done and then spending the whole night trying to go to sleep because you can’t turn off that incessant chatter in your mind and slip into dreamland.
Once you truly invest 100% in a mindfulness meditation practice the rewards will far outweigh any boredom you might experience in the initial stages, trust me on this one.
Things I do to for variety: focus on breath, use mantras or affirmations, listen to soft music, meditate on a lit candle or a picture (windows media player is amazing to focus on while the music is playing), use a guided relaxation tape, meditate in a group or with a partner or child. Meditating with more than 1 other person CHANGES the experience because it RAISES the vibrational frequency.
4. I keep getting interrupted by outside noises (phone, family, remembering things I have to do).
Meditation is all about being in the moment. If the phone is ringing, calmly get up and turn it off or turn down the volume on the answering machine, if your family keeps bugging you, learn how to meditate in short 5 min spurts so the interruption is like a thought you let it come in and flow out without breaking your awareness, if you keep remembering things you need to do get a piece of paper and write them down as they come in, eventually your mind will quiet down and you can focus on your breath.
Don’t let your ego talk you out of pursuing something that can be extremely beneficial to your overall well-being.
Benefits of Meditation:
* sleep better
* decrease muscle tension which leads to headaches
* better relationships with others and self
* calmer and improved overall sense of well-being
* lowers stress
* promotes world peace
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