Sunday, August 11, 2013

Motivation to Meditate

Find Motivation to Meditate
Meditation can be a great way to relax and de-stress. It's also used to create emotional and spiritual well-being. But for some people, meditation seems like effort and just one more thing to fit into an already jam-packed day. Ironically, this thinking is precisely what meditation aims to calm, so finding that space for it will actually help reduce your sense of busyness, rather than heighten it.

List the reasons why you avoid meditation. Knowing the reasons is half the battle for overcoming the problem. By listing your excuses, you can begin to pick them off:
"I haven't got an hour to spare": If you don't like spending an hour meditating, or you get frustrated easily, then try half an hour. Or ten minutes. One true moment in meditation will be greater than one hour spent fidgeting and grumbling.

"I'm too busy": If you feel too busy to be still (in body or mind), then give yourself permission to be completely and totally free during your meditation time. (Yes, that means turning off your cell phone.) After all, you deserve to be peaceful as much as you deserve to eat, sleep, or breathe. It is a part of who you are. Furthermore, the world around you—–your family, your friends, your companion animals, even strangers—–deserve for you to be peaceful, too.

"I can't sit still, ever": If you are distracted by your environment, then change what you can control, wait for quietude, or find a more serene location.
"I fail at everything": If you feel like a failure, then remind yourself that in meditation, there is no such thing as failure. Or success, really. Do not be attached to your results. They do not tell you who you are, only where you are.

"My bones are too stiff to sit and meditate": If you feel physically uncomfortable in your posture, then try sitting on a pillow or in a chair. Lie down if you have to do so. You can always try other postures later.

"I've got too much negative stuff in my head": If you feel emotionally or physically disturbed (other than how you're sitting), then you may have some mental or emotional issues that you need to address. Meditation may help you with your problems, but usually other techniques are quite effective too, sometimes more effective. For example, try to write your thoughts down.

"I have X reason for not meditating": If you have other reasons for avoiding meditation, analyze them and create your own solutions. You know what you need better than anyone.

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