In this episode of The Daily Meditation podcast I discuss why meditation is hard for you and what you can do to make it a lot easier.
On this page I will discuss why many people struggle to meditate, but please do listen to the episode for the full thing.
So why do people find meditation hard and what exactly can you do about it.
To answer that question we have to first lool at what should, ideally, happen when we meditate, and then we will see what goes wrong.
So essentially, in an ideal world, everytime we meditate we would have a clear mind and we would be able to focus 100% on the object on which we are meditating, such as the breath.
Sounds good, right? But it doesnt happen for a lot of reasons.
For starters, you probably go into your meditation session after a busy day expecting yourself to be able to immediately focus. But in reality, your mind is full of thoughts about the day you’ve had and you need to give yourself a bit of time, both in and out of meditation, before you can actuslly focus.
Next, because you’re not focusing as well as you would like, you start to judge yourself. This is always a mistake and it only makes it harder to meditate. You have to accept that your focus is not perfect and that it is something you need to progressively work on.
And then you keep gwtting distracted by sounds around you because there are probably other people in your place. So you get angry at them even though all you really need do is either mediatate somewhere silent or use some noise cancelling headphones.
So you get through your meditation but it doesnt work any miracles. And because we live in a pill popping society where everyone expects immediate fixes, you swear you must be meditating wrong cause nothing major happened in 20 minutes.
That’s why meditation can be hard. But in reality all you need to do is chill out, trust thr process, and be realistic.