Meditation is highly promoted as a cure-all for everything that might possibly cause you physical, mental, or emotional problems in this world. Many are trying it for the first time and discovering that this one-sized-fits-all idea of meditating just doesn’t work. There are some facts about meditation that don’t often get mentioned when talking about all of the benefits that can be achieved, so let’s look at those issues right here.
#1. It isn’t going to be a relaxing experience.
In the future, meditation might be relaxing. For those first few attempts at meditating, it is going to be gut-wrenching and torturous experience. Sitting still or finding a quiet environment for 15-20 minutes seems virtually impossible. Your mind goes everywhere. You begin making a list of things you’d rather be doing. Pretty soon even washing the dishes seems preferable.
Stick with it, don’t get discouraged, and the benefits will come. It’s like exercising again after a long time away from it. It hurts now, but it gets a little better every day.
#2. Your mind doesn’t erase itself.
The idea of having a clear mind is intriguing. That’s because the mind is never really blank. You can’t suppress thoughts. The mind is like a computer that doesn’t ever shut off. You might go into sleep mode, but there are still background processes going on. After all – you’re still breathing and your heart is beating, right?
Instead of trying to create a blank mind, try to identify the thoughts that come your way. The goal is to see the processes of the mind working instead of keeping a clear mind. Don’t suppress. Just observe.
#3. Meditation isn’t all about the lotus position.
There are no set rules for how you must be positioned when meditating. If you don’t like sitting in the traditional lotus position, then try something else so you can be comfortable. You can even meditate with your eyes open if you prefer. As long as the environment has distractions minimized, the opportunity to meditate will present itself no matter where you might be.
There is one exception to this rule: to explore your thoughts and observe the functioning of the mind, it is easier to accomplish this with your eyes closed.
#4. It doesn’t take as long as you think.
Some people talk about how they meditate for at least 60 minutes every day and you think, “Who has time for that?” Maybe some folks can meditate for hours on end and good for them. Don’t judge yourself based on what others do. Even meditating for 5 minutes every day can be of benefit. The goal here is to stop making excuses about why meditation isn’t happening. Throw on some headphones if necessary to drown out the surrounding environment and get to work.
#5. It needs to become a habit eventually.
What would happen if you only ate food once every four days? Or had one drink of water every other day? Eventually the physical body would wear out and mental processes would begin to slow. Meditation helps to feed the spiritual components of your existence. Just as you eat and drink every day, you should meditate every day for maximum benefit.
When you have the full picture of what meditation can do and how it can be implemented, then it becomes a little easier to set reasonable expectations for what you can accomplish with every session. Get started today and you may be surprised at how quickly meditation can become part of your life.