These are three common challenges that people face during meditation and suggestions for dealing with them.
LOSS OF ATTENTION
It’s extremely typical for people new to meditation to get bored after just a minute or two. Time seems to go on for an eternity! But think of all the things you do in life that take five minutes. Waiting at the doctor’s office. Waiting for a bus or train. Waiting in traffic. Waiting for the show to begin. Waiting to fall asleep. Waiting is a part of our life. The more you can train your brain to be calm in this state, the better! This is ideal practice. And when you practice every day, you find soon that it’s not boring at all. It actually feels incredibly nice. Which, again, helps everything you do in life.
This is different from boredom. With frustration, you get angry that you’re wasting your time. That you know this is never going to work and you should just go do something else. But you’ve seen the studies. You know the amazing, proven results that come with meditation. So hang in there. Give it time. It’s worth it.
After the first few sessions of meditating, you may find yourself getting impatient for results. You crave that Zen-like state of bliss you’ve heard people talking about. You want to be able to sit for twenty minutes and experience an amazing virtual vacation from life. You want to know why you’re still stuck in a beginner state. Again, hang in there. People who learn to bike start out wobbly. That’s normal! Toddlers are wobbly as they learn how to walk. Take it one step at a time. You’ll get a little better each day.
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