Within every obstacle there is an equivalent or greater benefit.Napoleon Hill
Like anything you attempt, you’ll find that trying to practice meditation will give you some obstacles that you’re going to have to learn to deal with. One of the first obstacles that you may encounter will be your mind.
Like most people, your mind is constantly working. It’s filled with hundreds of things for you to think about. So much, in fact, that it can be difficult to focus. You need to understand the source behind the busy mind.
Four Main Reasons That You Find It Difficult to Focus
There are several reasons – but four main reasons that you find it difficult to focus.
First, it’s because you’re overloaded with stuff that you have to get done. Both your work and home life can press in on you.
Second, it’s because there’s too much distraction going on in the background that calls your attention away.
Third, a racing mind can be caused by stress or trauma.
Fourth, it’s because of anxiety, fear or worrying.
How to Overcome Obstacles to Meditation
You can combat each of those things that cause your mind to race. With the overload, your mind will jump to what you have to get done.
It’ll tell you that you don’t have time to practice meditation because you need to stay on the go.
That’s your anxiety talking.
What you can do is tell yourself that meditation doesn’t take that long and that as soon as you’re done, you’ll pick right back up with what you need to get done.
To get rid of distraction, you need to find a place that doesn’t have it or that limits it to background noise that you can tune out.
For example, it’s harder to tune out when your dog is in the same room barking like mad than it is if your neighbor is mowing his grass.
When it comes to dealing with stress or trauma that keeps your mind racing, you can practice a mental exercise before you meditate.
Imagine opening a large box and tucking the trauma or stress into it and close the lid.
Tell yourself that when you’re done meditating, you’ll reexamine the issue. Stress, anxiety, and worrying can be dealt with by practicing some deep breathing.
This is also known as mindful breathing and by concentrating on releasing the stress or emotions from your body before you begin to meditate, you can calm the mind.
Not Enough Time
Another obstacle that you might notice you struggle with is feeling like you don’t have enough time to practice meditation. You can find missed time opportunities when you’re waiting for a doctor’s appointment.
You can practice simple breathing exercises then. You can also do this when you’re performing certain household chores that don’t require you to do a lot of focus on them.
Lack of sticking to it or self-discipline can be another obstacle. It takes twenty-one days to make or break a habit.
So give yourself permission to stick with it for twenty-one days. At the end of three weeks, meditating will have become a habit and you’ll look forward to it.
It might also be beneficial for you to start out with some helpful guidance.
In summary: Overcoming Obstacles to Meditation
It all sounds so easy, doesn’t it? And in fact, it is.
If you are new to meditation, refer back to your teacher – another advantage over learning from a book or online course, which can’t answer your questions.
On the other hand, if you have not learned to meditate, take your time to find a well-qualified teacher who has the experience to guide you through the early stages of learning to meditate.
If you are taught to meditate correctly, it should be an easy and effortless journey. Click here for the first step in Learning How to Meditate
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