It’s a fascinating phenomena the way our minds can come up with blockades to something. Here are five mental roadblocks to forming a meditation process.
- Your mind should be completely empty: Brains think. That’s what they do. The rare zen master can sit without thinking, or within the void of thought, for extended periods of time. We live in a chaotic society that asks us to multi-task a hundred different things at once. Feeling pressured to shut that all down at once prevents many people from meditating. You may be surprised at how quickly you start letting those thoughts go one by one. Perhaps the ‘goal’ of meditation is to have a clear mind; in truth, the purpose of meditation is to become at peace with your thoughts. Detach from the past and the future to focus on the present moment of right now.
- You can meditate the “wrong” way: Different disciplines, religions, and cultures meditate in different ways. According to them, your form of meditation simply may not be there form of meditation. At the core, there is no ‘wrong’ way to meditate. Meditations can happen in any manner of ways, from walking, to writing, to contemplating, to conversing; even athletics can be a form of meditation. Focus your mind in what you are doing, be present and mindful, compassionately aware of your thoughts. You’re meditating.
- Sitting up Straight is the only way: sitting meditation is not the only way to meditate. Many people meditate in the savasana portion of their yoga practices when they are laying down. Again, meditation can even be done through walking. Depending on the type of meditation, the stance can vary.
- Sitting Still is the only way: any number of things can happen during meditation. Life caries on around us when we meditate, though inside it can feel like time stands still. Sometimes a nerve gets funny, a foot falls asleep, or posture becomes uncomfortable. Meditation is about relief from suffering, not enduring suffering. Adjust yourself and return to the breath.
- Meditation requires silence: Scientifically, there’s a certain void that results in absolute silence. It’s nearly impossible to exist in a complete lack of noise. There is always likely to be sound around you. How you choose to acknowledge it is key. Meditation is about noticing. Notice the thought, and then let it go.
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