For the majority of my life, I’ve battled with meditation. Despite purchasing meditation CDs
, attending meditation workshops, and reading books on meditation during a 15-year period,
I was unable to incorporate it into my daily life.
I fell asleep listening to the meditation CDs, and the classes and materials made me feel like a failure!
In reality, my first meditation was excruciatingly uncomfortable, and I was constantly too preoccupied to meditate!
While most of us are aware of the benefits of meditation, only a small percentage of us really practice it on a daily basis.
In order to incorporate meditation into our daily life, we must first overcome a number of challenges.
I overcome those challenges and have been meditating every day for the past two years, as well as at various times during the day!
I’ve found more serenity and joy in my life as a result of meditation; I’ve become less reactive and anxious, and I have more energy and creativity! And I’m sure you can benefit from them as well!
But first, I believe it’s critical to define meditation. Meditation is misunderstood by many people.
The most widespread misunderstanding is that meditation is all about eliminating thoughts!
That would guarantee failure for everyone! Meditation, on the other hand, is about being a thinker’s observer rather than a thinker’s reactor.
Simply put, meditation is being fully present at the moment! You are aware of the truth of who you are beyond your body and mind while you are in this meditative state.
Have you ever been mesmerized by a stunning sunset? So much so that you forgot about what happened five minutes ago and weren’t planning ahead?
You were entirely immersed in the present moment and felt completely alive on the inside? That is, after all, meditation!
So, now that we understand what meditation is, how do we apply it to our daily lives?
I understood why I suffered for years before developing a regular meditation practice,
but I wanted to know if others battled for the same reasons, so I organized a worldwide poll on the top hurdles to meditation and received over 400 replies from people in 46 countries.
The TOP SIX major impediments to meditation, as well as how to overcome them, are listed below!
First and foremost, there is a lack of time.
TIME is the most significant impediment to developing a regular meditation practice. There isn’t enough time in the day to meditate! (It’s worth noting that this was not simply an “American” phenomenon.)
People from all around the world expressed their inability to meditate due to a lack of time).
There are, however, four easy ways to include meditation in your life without taking time away from your existing schedule!
First, I encourage you to use your waiting time to meditate.
On a daily basis, the average person waits 45-60 minutes. We wait for appointments, we wait in traffic, we wait in line at the supermarket, and we wait on hold. Those priceless “waiting intervals” can, however, be converted into meditative moments.
Take a moment to observe your breath the next time you’re waiting for an appointment. Take a moment to grin from the inside the next time you’re in line at the grocery store.
Second, make your meditation a daily activity. Meditation can be included in any of the following daily activities:
Brushing one’s teeth
*cleaning out the dishwasher
*laundry folding and ironing
Take note of your breath as you brush your teeth. Alternatively, pay attention to the vibrancy in your hands and mouth.
Feel the aliveness in your palm as you unload the dishwasher and put each dish away.
Finally, make your dog or cat your meditation partner!
Have you ever observed how, while walking your dog, your dog is entirely immersed in the present moment, taking in everything it sees?
You, on the other hand, can join your dog in this wonderful condition.
When you’re walking the dog, pay attention to how lively your feet feel with each stride.
Take note of how alive the trees, birds, and your surroundings are. Notice the softness of the cat’s fur while caressing it.
Give your dog or cat your undivided attention!
Four, drive while meditating! Don’t close your eyes and meditate while driving, of course.
However, you can be fully present when driving while keeping your eyes open.
As you touch the steering wheel while driving, notice how lively your hands are.
Observe your breath at a stop sign or in traffic.
These are easy ways to include meditation into your everyday routine without taking time away from your present obligations.
We’d have a daily meditation practice if we all practiced these easy things!
Obstacle #2: A Lack of Self-Control
Lack of self-discipline is the second major barrier to people implementing meditation into their daily lives.
Meditation needs commitment. Many of us start out with good intentions to meditate or exercise every day, and we may stick with it for a few weeks, but then we lack the discipline to keep going.
That is why life counselors, personal trainers, and other related professions exist!
To hold us accountable and focus our efforts!
So, if you’re lacking in self-control, locate a meditation buddy!
Incorporate meditation into your daily life by inviting your spouse, partner, friend, or coworker to join you. Hold each other accountable for your actions.
If you can’t find somebody to meditate with you, inform your spouse/friend/partner/coworker about your plan to meditate every day and ask him or her to check in with you and see how you’re doing.
A meditation buddy can be just as beneficial and productive as an exercise partner!
Obstacle #3: Not having a suitable location or space in which to meditate.
The lack of a suitable location or room to meditate was regarded as the third most significant barrier. This is referred to as a “perceived impediment.” You can meditate anyplace, whether you’re driving or walking through a crowded mall.
People frequently claim the lack of a designated meditation space or area as an excuse not to meditate. We’ll never meditate if we keep waiting for the proper circumstances to meditate.
I set folks a meditation task: meditate in a public place! They can walk through the wall, noticing people and places while paying attention to their breath or the vibrancy of their feet.
Obstacle #4: Dozing Off
Falling asleep is the fourth most common stumbling block to meditation. Despite this, many meditation CDs state that falling asleep is fine because you are still experiencing the benefits of meditation… The only thing you get out of it is a good night’s sleep! However, there is an advantage to that as well! Meditation is the state of being attentive.
It’s all about being fully present in the current moment. You’re not meditating when you’re sleeping.
If you fall asleep while meditating, here are some suggestions:
*Do not meditate before going to bed. Many of us desire to meditate on a regular basis but do not consider it
until we are in bed or getting ready for bed, at which point we attempt to meditate. Of course, we’ll doze off.
*Meditate first thing in the morning or in the middle of the day when you are awake.
*Meditate for a few minutes at a time during the day. While brushing your teeth or showering,
pay attention to your breath for a few minutes.
Obstacle #5: There are far too many diversions.
People’s sixth most common criticism is that there are too many distractions when they try to meditate.
Distractions, on the other hand, do not have to be distractions.
My cat Vinnie, for example, came up to me and started meowing during one of my meditations.
He wasn’t going to quit either. He was vying for my attention. Most individuals would consider this a distraction and an excuse to cease meditation.
Instead, I opened my eyes, sat down with him on the floor, and petted him while taking note of my breathing.
In my meditation, I included my cat. Rather than being a source of distraction, he became my meditation!
If you’re meditating and you get distracted.
Just take note of it. Allow it to happen naturally. If something requires your attention, take care of it while still paying attention to your breath!
Obstacle #6: Uncertainty about how to meditate
Many people believe they have no idea how to meditate. We make meditation seem more difficult than it is!
Meditation is all about being present at the moment once more.
It’s all about figuring out what works best for you.
Again, you can include meditation into your daily routine without devoting time to it.
Your life can take on a meditative quality.
What matters are those moments throughout the day when we are fully present in the moment?
And it is through meditation that we come to understand the joy of being who we are!