You Are Not Alone. Learn About Some Common Meditation Problems
Have you given meditation a try, only to find it is just not working for you? Having trouble staying focused? Random thoughts running through your head making it hard to concentrate?
Well, you are not alone. Let’s go through some of the most common problems people have when getting started with Meditation.
As with any new adventure, the feelings of excitement and anticipation quickly turning to the other end of the spectrum is common. When you begin to meditate, it is important to remember that there will be times of frustration, this is a discipline you are learning. Meditation is not a magic pill that, once swallowed, will come easily. It takes practice – and it takes patience.
There are some common problems you will find with mediation in the early stages.
* It is hard to focus – In the beginning, you may have high expectations that meditation will magically transform your life and it will do so immediately. This is not the case. Meditation takes focus. When you find your mind constantly shifting gears and you are unable to sit quietly and focus on breathing, you need to regain control of that focus. It takes practice and discipline.
Sometimes picking a focal point in the center of the room or even a focal point that you have created will help you gain your focus. Concentrating on your breathing will also help you gain control of your meditation experience.
* Thinking too much – If you are thinking too much about trying not to think too much, you will sabotage yourself. Try not to focus too much on getting clear and quiet. If you find you are straining the muscles in your forehead, trying to clear your mind, then you are trying too hard.
Start with a slow progression of deep breaths and add tensing and releasing various parts of your body and your muscles. When it comes to meditation, trying too hard can strain your results.
* Too many distractions – If you have not designated a quiet space for your mediation, chances are that you will not have a successful start to your practice. It is very important to have a room or space set aside for your meditation practice. If you have chosen a place with too many distractions and too much traffic, you have set yourself up for failure. Also, it is important to tell your family members about your alone time and that you intend to stick to it.
* Disregarding your commitment – In the beginning, when you are not quite seeing the results right away that you were expecting, it is easy to forget the commitment you made to yourself. However, make it a point to stick to your schedule even if that means being accountable to a friend or family member. If you give up too soon, you will never reap the amazing benefits of mind, health, and body.
* Difficulty with the breathing rhythm – Sometimes individuals may breathe in too deeply and out too rapidly. The point is not to hyperventilate yourself, but to find that rhythm that works for you. Long, slow, deep inhalations with long, slow exhalations will work better than short breaths in and short breaths out. Once you get the feel for the rhythm, you will be developing the techniques needed for your mediation practice.
Now that you know you are not alone, go to your room! No, you are not being punished, actually it is the opposite, you are being rewarding with some time to yourself. Give yourself the gift of Meditation.