For most people, meditation doesn’t come naturally—at least, not at first.
This can be frustrating and makes you wonder if you’re doing something wrong. You may even be tempted to quit meditating before you experience any benefits. Before you do that, look at these three common meditation struggles and see if the solutions work for you.
Expecting to Feel Good or Different
You’ve tried several forms of meditation. You’ve looked up meditative chants and tried to connect with your inner self, but you’ve yet to feel good or different. You feel like the same old you and you’re wondering why.
Imagine you had one hundred pounds to lose and you were serious about taking the weight off. You’d probably join a gym and spend months working out. You show up several times a week to run on the treadmill or lift weights. But after a while, you notice that not every gym session feels amazing. Once the initial excitement wore off, it just feels downright hard.
It’s the same concept with meditation. Sure, you have amazing sessions that make you feel like you’re making massive progress. However, most sessions aren’t going to feel that way. Most will be challenging. The key is to remind yourself that even though it’s hard, meditation is important for your well-being and mindset.
Hating the Sound of Silence
When you live a busy, hectic lifestyle you’re surrounded by constant noise even if you don’t realize it. Your laptop hums, the lights buzz, car horns out your window beep. Your co-worker is having a phone conversation, the radio is playing, your phone is chirping – the list goes on!
It’s no wonder silence can feel awkward and uncomfortable. If you’re just getting started with meditation and you find the silence too much, try adding white noise. You can listen to white noise through Simply Noise. There are also white noise generator apps that you can purchase and use on your smartphone.
If you don’t enjoy white noise, you could also use a resource like YouTube. Visit the website on your phone or laptop and look for meditation music. There are millions of videos featuring relaxing soundtracks that will allow you to slip into a meditational space.
Getting Restless During Sessions
You can sit comfortably at your TV or computer for hours and never budge. Yet the moment you get quiet and settle down for meditation, you suddenly feel like you can’t sit still.
Don’t feel bad if this happens to you. Your body is just struggling with the transition from movement to stillness. If you were driving your car at 65 miles per hour and you suddenly turned onto a road where the speed limit was only 15 miles per hour, you’d feel tense at first, almost like you were driving in slow motion.
It’s a similar feeling when you meditate. You’ve been stuck in fast forward since you woke up and slowing down doesn’t feel natural. So, be patient with yourself if you get restless during meditation. Your body is simply adjusting to a different speed.
Don’t look at meditation as something to be achieved, see it as a journey you’re taking. Your goal is to enjoy the process and learn from it.
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