Why it can be hard to meditate.
It is normal to struggle when you start to learn how to meditate. Even if you are an experienced practitioner, there are days when you will fight with your practice. But this is not a reason to give up! There is an easy explanation why it can be so hard to mediate.
Overwhelm and constant mind chatter are symptoms of living in a very busy society. It’s likely you are carrying so much on your shoulders. A to do list that never ends. Dealing with the demands of day-to-day life. Worrying about paying the mortgage, household bills, a stressful and demanding workplace. Family commitments. Let’s not forget the over stimulation and ‘noise’ that comes from your immediate environment, TV, social media, traffic, and noise at home.
All these factors have a meaningful effect on your overall body and mind health, and your ability to relax and concentrate. It’s no surprise that many people who choose to start the practice, find it hard to meditate.
In this article I share how to overcome seven of the most common obstacles in meditation. But first let me explain why we think you need to persevere with your practice.
Why you need meditation.
The purpose of meditation is to develop awareness. Awareness of what is going on around you externally. But importantly these ancient techniques of Meditation and mindfulness develop your inner awareness. It is here where you start to comprehend and re-connect with yourself more.
Scientific research has shown that mindfulness meditation techniques reduce stress, anxiety and help you to cope better in daily life. To improve your health and wellbeing.
Through meditation you build a level of resilience that enables you to be more present, and in control of your emotions. Your resilience to manage the continuous barrage of demands on your workload. Juggling a career, looking after the kids, and managing the home. Dealing with your own personal anxieties around life generally.
I’ve heard meditation described by many people as a valuable time out from the distractions of daily life. Time to be with yourself. Quiet time.
7 common meditation obstacles
Now that we’ve shared with you why you need meditation. Let’s take a look at the seven common obstacles that can get in the way.