HELP! I can’t meditate
Today it’s hard to miss the buzz around mindfulness and meditation. It’s talked about on the news, in sports, corporations, magazine covers, yoga studios, and even schools. Science shows meditators have better sleep, attention, immunity, blood pressure, relationships, and overall health. We now have research to show that meditation has even creates physical change within a person’s brain visible via MRI scans. However, even though many people are now aware of the benefits of meditation, does that mean it’s being practiced on a consistent basis? In my experience, no. When I ask people if they meditate most people either say “no, I can’t meditate” or “I tried, and it didn’t work for me.” When I dig in and find out the reasons why people quit or don’t get started at all it’s usually because they have misconceptions around meditation. They believe they don’t have the time, they don’t know how to start, or thinking they are doing it wrong. One of the ways I help my students overcome their struggles is by teaching the 5 Essentials of Meditation by Sarah Mclean. The 5 essentials are simple can a reminder before starting a meditation practice and encouraged throughout guided meditations.
1. Thoughts are okay. Thoughts will natural arise during meditation. Acknowledge the thoughts and bring your attention back to the focus of the meditation.
2. Be kind to yourself. Be gentle and apricate yourself.
3. Don’t try too hard. Keep your focus without effort.
4. Let go of expectations. Be open to whatever happens during your meditation. Try not to judge the experience.
5. Stick with it. Choose an amount of time you plan to practice and stay with it the entire time.
Contact me if you’d like to learn more about the 5 Essentials of Meditation, and how you can live a more fulfilled life.