6 Reasons why most people do not meditate and why that is a mistake
This week we are talking about Mindfulness from different angles. When you practise mindfulness you usually need to learn some meditations. Meditation is also a stand-alone tool that is good for you, as it is an effective method to quickly move into a relaxed state of being. However my experience is that most people do not meditate.
I have asked my clients, workshop and presentation attendees what holds them back i.e. why they don’t practise this effective relaxation technique.
6 Reasons why people do not meditate
- Reason #1 They can’t empty their mind.
- Reason #2 They feel unable to relax.
- Reason #3 They don’t know how to meditate.
- Reason #4 They can’t stay still for long.
- Reason #5 They find it boring.
- Reason #6 They think it is simply not important.
These seem like valid points to me. Knowing that most people are not aware they are so much more than their physical body.
The human energy system is very complex. You have an electro-magnetic field, called aura, in which your physical body is the densest energy layer. Your body resonates on the lowest frequency, therefore visible, tangible… The rest of your energy is visible for some, but the majority won’t be able to see it. Just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Now not only the technology exist to capture the human energy field, but science is able to prove the positive effects of meditation.
15 benefits of meditation
(Psychology Today, Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D., 11/09/2013):
- physical pain
- Positive emotions
- Emotional intelligence
- Focus and attention
- Grey matter (brain)
- Your ability to be creative and think outside of the box…
- Your productivity
- Social life
Let’s tackle the objections against meditation 1 by 1
#1 You do not have to empty your mind, when you meditate. It is pointless, and impossible to do. You have approx. 60000 thoughts a day. Therefore you cannot stop them coming and going. However with practise you learn to ignore them, or if you like, just let them be, without engaging with them.
#2 Not being able to relax is a big problem for a lot of people. They are stressed, worried, anxious, re-playing past events or being afraid of the future… They live in their head, over-analysing things and letting their mind control their life. When you realise that you can be in control of your thoughts and emotions, maybe with the help of mindfulness. Now being able to relax becomes so much easier. You are responding, rather than reacting to events and you are the one, who is shaping the land of your thoughts and emotions, rather than letting them rule your life.
#3 Don’t know how to meditate. In my experience meditation is learnt by trial and error. The more you try, the more chance you have to get to the “zone”, to experience inner peace, tranquillity. Etc. When you once felt that you would like to get there again.
#4 They can’t stay still for long. There are many different ways of meditation and some of them is actually done in a standing position, or even as an exercise with slow, easy movements. The key here is to try different ways and find what works for you. It might be just one technique, might be a selection of a few. If you feel better using one type of meditation, that’s fine. It works for some. For others, who have a spirit that needs variety you can pick and mix whatever works for you. And by the way meditation doesn’t need to be long. You can start with a few minutes and you can build it up in time to 20 minutes or longer.
#5 Meditation doesn’t have to be boring. As I mentioned before, there are many different ways you can meditate. For example:
- Guided visualisation
- Humming or chanting
- Mindfulness meditation
- Qigong Standing and Walking meditations, etc.
#6 Meditation is not important. That is totally wrong. As you look after your physical body in different ways every day, you need to look after the invisible parts of you too, including your aura, energy field, your thoughts and emotions. Just remember those health benefits practising meditation offers to you.
Meditation increases your health, well-being and success.
Some days you will find it easier to meditate, whilst on others it will feel like hard work. On those days just give it a try, choose a short meditation, but please do it. The positive effects of meditation will reward you for your efforts. Enjoy.
Eva Maria Hunt