Yachna Tyagi shows you how to stop postponing meditation practice and make it a part of your daily life
Aspiring meditators often find it hard to start meditating, and even harder to make it part of their daily routine. Most of the advice we hear are banal statements like, “Just do it,” and, “Don’t get involved with your thoughts, just observe them,” which are true, but not always helpful.
Have you found meditation tough going? Frustrated with keeping at it and find it going nowhere? You are not alone – it happens with anybody trying to get the essence of it. Given below are a list of common hurdles and how best to overcome them.
Problem: What is the ideal time to meditate?
There is no such thing as the perfect time. There will always be work, chores, obligations, and responsibilities. They are a part of our daily life. Although the quiet early morning hours are an ideal time, it may not be suitable for everyone.
Solution: Although setting aside a certain time of the day for your session is highly recommended, it may not always be possible to stick to it. Be flexible and grab any time slot available through the day. After a few sessions, you can plan your day, and schedule other activities around your preferred time. The key factor is regular practice. Try starting out with a 15-minute session, and extend it to 30 minutes or longer once you are comfortable.
Problem: I lack motivation
Solution: You may have the time, but motivation eludes you. Become conscious of the health benefits of meditation, and the negative effects of stress, to motivate you. According to the American Institute of Stress, almost all emotional, physical, mental, and behavioural health disorders are linked to stress. Stress triggers the release of hormones into the blood stream, which, if unchecked over a period, can lead to and/or aggravate numerous symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, mouth ulcers, muscle spasms in neck and shoulders, lower back pain, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, stroke, asthma, difficulty in breathing, duodenal ulcers, ulcerative colitis, irritable colon, menstrual disorders, vaginal infections, hair loss, eczema, suppression of the immune system, Parkinson’s disease, obsessive compulsive disorders and auto immune disorders such as psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain cancers.
Meditation, once considered an esoteric eastern practice, has
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