It’s time to be honest with you.
Meditation is hard as fuck.
It’s not just as easy as ‘sit down, assume the lotus position, forefinger-to-thumb, close your eyes, let’s go’.
What people forget to tell you when they’re spouting about the benefits of meditation is this:
When you plan to do meditation, stuff gets in the way
You miss the bus on the way to your meditation class. Two weeks in a row. You get food poisoning the next week.
You sit down to do it by yourself, lights off, dog quiet, phone on silent, binaural OM playing in your headphones. 15 minutes in, someone calls you, and instead of remaining silent, your phone knocks the track off and beeps persistently till you pick up the call. Then you can’t go back to it because your dinner’s nearly ready.
Or, it rained all day. Ice rain when you took the dog out. Now try to feel like meditating.
When you don’t do meditation, crap happens.
The less you do meditation, the more BS things seem to happen in your life, and how can anyone face meditation (and spiritual nourishment) when the electric bill needs paying and there aren’t enough working hours available?
Reminds me of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Again.
But if you do the meditation, fully engaged with it, the real life stuff doesn’t affect you in the same way.
So, if you’ve had a meditation practice before but fell out of tune with it, I urge you to hop back on and give it another try. If you’ve never done it before, c’mon in, nobody peed in the water! No-one’s going to laugh at you if you do it wrong.
It turns out you won’t do it wrong.
It isn’t how ‘good’ you are at meditation; it’s the regularity that counts.
And by the way? Meditation is easy (to an extent); the hard bit is getting yourself sat down with no distractions for 20 minutes.
Image OM Tree of Life Meditation by Laura Iverson c/o fractalenlightenment.com