So you think you can’t meditate?
Have you ever wanted to try meditation - but found it impossible? You’re not alone there.
Quite a few of my friends have tried it and given up. It’s not as easy as the experts often make out! Of course, that’s not to say that meditation doesn’t have a load of proven benefits. A few you might have heard of include:
- Reduced anxiety and stress levels
- Increased focus and mental clarity
- Increased resistance to pain and illness
- Enhanced learning ability / cognitive functions
And the list goes on! Here’s an interesting look at how meditation can actually change your brain for the better!
So, we know it’s a good idea to start meditating daily. The only thing is - sometimes we just can’t! Does any of the below sound familiar?
- I can’t shut out my mental chatter
- I can’t sit still for long
- I end up just falling asleep
- I just don’t have the time
If so, you’ll be glad to hear there’s a way forward!
Firstly, , you might want to look at how you’re meditating. Meditation should never be a chore. Many people think that meditation involves blanking your mind whilst sitting perfectly still for long periods - preferably in the lotus position! This just isn’t the case. There are loads of different types of meditation. The trick is to find ones that work for you - and that you enjoy!
Here’s a quick look at some different kinds of meditation:
You might be surprised to learn that there are some wonderfully effective techniques that involve shakin’ it all about! Take Osho Active Meditations. You get to jump, dance, and generally let rip! I know people who’ve tried it and become passionate devotees! Check out this video for a great introduction.
Distinct from active meditation, this is purely where you engage in an activity you enjoy. It might be gardening, yoga, painting - or even just walking! It just has to involve steady repetition, which allows you to quiet your mind, shift your brain - and experience that elusive “flow”!
Again, this doesn’t require any uncomfortable way of sitting or strange humming! It’s all about focusing on the present moment. Try focusing on whatever you’re feeling right now – emotions, or bodily sensations. Really experience it all. You can do this at any time - cleaning the house, on your way to work, listening to music!
So you see, you can easily make meditation part of your daily life, no matter how busy! Try out one or more of these suggestions, just for a fortnight or so. Then take stock - there’s every chance you’ll be feeling calmer, stronger, happier and heaps more positive about your direction and path in life!
For more ideas and info, check out It Only Takes A Minute To Meditate.
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