Excuses to meditate? Read these six points to stop doing them and start meditating
February 08, 2024
Surely you have read many times about the wonders of meditating, and how it can relieve your stress, calm your thoughts, have more clarity and many more emotional benefits. But are you meditating?
Something that most humans do is avoid things that we think are going to make us feel uncomfortable, try to justify our procrastination, or even start something but not be consistent.
Many of the assumptions we have about the difficulty of meditating are based on misguided or stereotyped ideas. And in the end they are obstacles to not starting to meditate and that are only in our imagination, based on expectations about “how we should meditate.”
And in the end, what weighs most is the guilt and the justifications we make for not starting to meditate instead of just sitting down to do it.
Here we share some tips that can help you put an end to the excuses to meditate and maybe finally start enjoying it.
"I do not have time"
It is proven that even five minutes of meditation each day provides benefits to mental and emotional health, including physiological ones such as reducing blood pressure.
When we are trying to integrate a new activity that costs us a little, it is better to start with little time or load and increase it.
For example, you can start meditating for two minutes a day as soon as you wake up, before starting your day.
120 seconds of meditation sounds much more achievable, right?
"I do not know how to do it"
Erase that misconception of having to reach a heavenly revelation when you meditate. Just sit somewhere quiet, in a yoga mat, in a chair, on a rock in the mountains or on a log on the beach, find a comfortable position and breathe deeply and slowly, first filling your belly up your chest and exhale. If your mind wanders, nothing happens, it's normal; just come back to the breath when you realize it.
“I just don't want to be alone with my thoughts.”
Contradictorily, sitting down to meditate can help you transform those thoughts that you don't like.
It's about witnessing these thoughts, just observing them and not believing in them or letting them identify you.
The next step would be to realize how these toxic thoughts are actually covering up other feelings of loneliness, sadness or insecurity. By observing without judgment we learn to tolerate these energies and thus reduce their power.
“I must not be doing it right.”
Truly, there is no right way to meditate. When we meditate, we have to breathe and observe the thoughts without resistance, let them come and release them. Meditation is a very subtle path and you don't have to force anything.
“I'm emotionally terrible today, nothing will come of this”
You have to get rid of the idea that meditation is going to make you feel better afterwards or that you are going to have more clarity. In fact, if when you sit down to meditate you feel angry, sad or frustrated, observe those emotions but detach yourself from them because they are also distractions from the present. It is precisely the attachment to emotions, whether positive or negative, that can create a harmful attitude in us. The idea is to stay neutral.
“I just don't have the discipline to do it every day.”
This thought is a serious boycott of yourself. Obviously, it is a new activity that requires a certain commitment and effort like any other routine. Isn't it true that now you brush your teeth every day without complaining? And is it true that if you don't do it one day, don't beat yourself up and just do it the next day?
The same thing will happen with your 120 seconds of meditation, you'll see.