You’ve decided that meditation is something you’d like to start. You’ve heard numerous people talk about its scientific benefits and read about how it makes so many people happy. Who wouldn’t you want to have something like that in their lives, right?
And then you try it for the first time and what seems like an easy process turns out to be far from it.
Most people experience a rush of thoughts during the first sessions of meditation. It can be almost overwhelming. Instead of feeling focused and happy, you feel confused and exhausted. In these times, it feels like we have “failed” at our efforts to meditate.
Instead of shrugging your shoulders and giving up, consider this: even the masters of meditation find that they have a rush of thoughts and a wandering mind up to 90% of the time. So what if your meditation wasn’t perfect?
Humans are imperfect. Don’t give up. Failure is an option and here is why.
Moments of Clarity Mean More Than You Think
In the average meditation session for someone who meditates hours per day, every day, they might have about 2-5 minutes of complete clarity. Imagine seeking out 120 seconds of complete clarity in 1-2 hours of meditating. Now when you take 5-20 minutes to meditate, it seems more understandable that there would only be brief, momentary windows of clarity.
The fact is that the human brain is one of the most active and efficient computers in existence today. It doesn’t really ever shut off. Instead of trying to modify how it operates, we should learn how to make it even more efficient at what it does. That is how meditation helps.
Through practice we are able to achieve more. Perfection may come in moments, but it will not magically appear every time we meditate. Some may call that failure. You should call it progress.