Have you ever heard someone say they can't meditate?
Perhaps you have said or thought that at some point.
I meet a lot of people who say they wish meditation was a daily habit, but it's not. If that's you, you might know the practice would be good for you, but you can't figure out how to actually do it. You may have even tried a 7-day or 21-day or 30-day meditation challenge, and then stopped.
Inspired by members of the Fruitful Living Course making progress with their meditation practices this week I decided to share with you a few reasons you've had, or are having, difficulty getting meditation to become as effortless as say...brushing your teeth and putting on your seatbelt.
1. You’re not ready. You haven’t prepared your body. A restless body = a restless mind.
Experiment with sitting quietly after you’ve stretched, danced, biked, jogged, or performed some other type of physical movement.
2. You’re overcomplicating things. Meditation begins by sitting in silence. And breathing. And noticing. That's it. There's no need to sit a certain way, think a certain way, or "empty your mind." Different meditation techniques can come later (if that is your desire). They are not necessary, or even useful, at the start.
3. You think you “can’t” do it. When you begin a meditation practice your mind will be busy and your body will be restless. That’s normal. That doesn’t mean you “can’t meditate”.
Again, I hear this statement frequently. For folks who come into Fruitful Living saying this, I have the honor of watching their beliefs and behaviors get a major upgrade. It's so beautiful and so much fun.
The thing is, you can’t ski a black diamond run the first time you put on skis either! The point is to stay there. And simply observe the mind doing its mind thing and the body doing its body thing. The soothing and rejuvenating practice you're imagining will come. But not the first time.
4. You’re taking on too much. If you want the benefits