4 Obstacles to Meditation

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When you first learn to meditate, you will encounter all kinds of struggles and frustrations. This is normal, natural and part of the learning process that everyone goes through. If you are new to meditation, here are a 4 obstacles you might face.

1. You don’t know how to meditate.

Everyone who meditates for the first time thinks they are doing it wrong. They are their own harshest critic. The truth of the matter is that there is no one way to meditate. Each person will develop their own style and technique. People make meditation more complicated than it really is. There are some basic guidelines that each person should be aware of but that is about it. My teacher used to say that the only bad meditation is the one you don’t do.

2. You can’t find the time to meditate.

The biggest obstacle people will face in meditating regularly is finding the time. Meditation is like physical exercise. We know it is good for us but we rationalize why it can’t fit into our busy schedule. Meditation does not have to take a huge amount of time out of your daily schedule. You can get all the benefits of meditation by spending only 5 to 10 minutes each day.

3. You lack the discipline.

The second biggest obstacle that people new to meditation face is the lack of discipline. Everyone starts out with the best of intentions. They tell themselves that they are going to meditate everyday. After a few weeks, they start to make excuses and then stop meditating due to a lack of self-discipline. What you can do is to remind yourself everyday why you want to learn to meditate. What do you want to accomplish from learning to quiet your mind? This will inspire you to continue. Also, research has proven that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. If meditation is new to you, stick to it for 21 days to see if it is something you want to make as a daily part of your life. It is important to make meditation fun. Don’t turn it into a chore you must do.

4. You fall asleep while you meditate.

This is actually pretty common problem when you begin to meditate. If you find yourself falling asleep during your meditation, you need to do something to keep yourself awake like getting up and splashing water on your face. Try to meditate when you are fully alert. Other techniques include chanting a mantra or focusing on an object with your eyes open. Over time, you will find yourself very alert and focused during your meditation practice.