Many people start to meditate and attempt to make it a daily habit, only to give up after a few sessions. People who quit meditating succumbed to an obstacle in their path. The problem is, most of the time people are not able to identify the specific obstacle blocking and stopping them from meditating.
If you are one of those who feel that meditation is simply too hard and you cannot pursue further, then you are most likely to stop. However, if you feel that meditation will be good for you, but get blocked by whatever reason, you must first learn about the issue. Here are the top three reasons why people begin to stop the course to meditative practice.
Our minds are built that way. There is just no stopping the brain from thinking whatever it wants to think. There are distractions every time. Something, whether important or not, is happening at any moment, and the mind can ponder about it, start to worry about it or get excited and trigger the body to get into action. If you are the type who gets distracted easily, then you may feel that meditation is just too hard for you.
However, you should not be surprised to learn that this is a usual thing and it can happen to everyone. Meditation is like the opposite of how our minds have been conditioned since birth. We were bred to be busy, to keep thinking for as long as we can, and sometimes, beyond our capacity. This is basically the reason why meditation is also good to pursue because with it, our minds get a better conditioning and receive correction in the manner of thinking.
The solution is to recognise that this happens and to just move on. You do not have to dwell on the thoughts that run through your mind. Once you recognise that your mind is wandering, recognise it and move back to your focus. When meditating, you become more of an observer than an active participant. You feel the sensation of your breathing and focus on a single point. When this happens, the brain gets a rest from the mindless wandering.
Work and daily duties can be totally taxing and can drive us to our limits. By the time we get home, we are already spent mentally. All that can be done is to sleep. You may feel that this is a big obstacle to meditation and conclude that you just do not have the time to spend for meditation. The truth is that it only becomes a hindrance if you think of meditation as another duty to fulfil.
You will need to look at meditation as a solution for feeling tired. You could be feeling tired because of the stress you are feeling at work. Meditative practice can help you handle stress better, thus making you feel less tired at the end of the day. Meditation can also help you get better sleep so that your body and mind is well rested the next day.
One of the biggest blockers you may face is the doubt in the practice. It is hard to believe that a simple exercise such as doing nothing can make a big difference in your life. You may start doubting that there really are benefits to reap.
You can defeat this obstacle by applying a meditative approach to it. Recognise that there is another form of thought that is going on through your mind, another thought that you can allow to slip by. No need to ignore it, but you can acknowledge the perception and go back to your meditative practice.