Breaking Down Obstacles Through Meditation

You can’t keep putting your problems to the side

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You have the option to meditate, it’s totally up to you. As much as people may recommend it to you, you’re the one that makes the choice. If you do decide to start meditating then you’re in for a treat.

Meditation has been used by people all over the world to find peace, happiness, and answers to life’s biggest questions. Finding these answers isn’t easy, sometimes it takes more than meditation to find these answers but it’s a great first step.

If you’re scared of taking action or you’re confused about where to begin when it comes to facing any obstacle, use the process of meditation to help you.

Now, if you’ve ever meditated before then you know how hard it can be as a beginner. Keeping my back straight the whole is still one of my biggest weaknesses when meditating and I’ve been doing it for a few years.

If meditation doesn’t sound appealing to you because of the rules that it requires you to follow then think about it this way. There is no right way of meditating, people meditate in different ways whether it’s sitting on the floor, laying down in your bed, or even standing up. The way how you see people meditating in movies is not the reality for everyone who meditates.

Chances are you’re not going to be perfectly still the whole time you meditate. Get this fear out of the way now so you can start using meditation to your advantage.

Meditation can be used to break down a problem that you’re having in life. This is the type of meditation that requires you to think and even if you meditate regularly or if you don't, you’re used to thinking a lot.

It’s just what we do as humans, sometimes we think so much that we start to overthink things which are where meditation can help us. Learn your preferred way of meditation and use it to become emotionally and mentally stronger.

Let Your Mind Bring Up What it Wants

When meditating, the first thing you may notice besides your breath is your thoughts. There’s something to closing your eyes where thoughts start to become more apparent and move faster along the mind than when our eyes are open.

It’s almost like you can see your thoughts going from one side of your head to the other. Out of all of these thoughts, there will probably be a few that stick out.

These are usually the problems that are taking up a lot of your thoughts. Initially, you may try to avoid them but they come back and each time they come back stronger and more aggressive than before.

You don’t want to think about them but you have to. This is where some people usually give up on meditation and deny the power that it has to help them.

Instead of doing this every time you meditate, embrace those problems and see how to defeat them. Don’t worry about going into the meditation clueless, your mind will guide you to what it wants you to focus on.

You’re probably thinking that meditation shouldn’t stress you out like this but it’s actually part of the process. In the beginning, it feels horrible because you’re thinking of something that makes you uncomfortable and anxious but once breaking down that problem into smaller pieces, everything becomes calm again.

Never leave that problem in the back of your mind while meditating. Bring it to the front of your mind so that you can face it and get it over with. At times, meditation won’t be the end all be all to your problems so you need to look at this technique as a tool to help you get closer to getting rid of those problems.

There are many tools out there but meditation seems to be the universal tool that works for almost anyone.

Focus On How to Solve the Problem

The first thing you need to do when getting into deep thought with your problems is to look at them from a bigger lens. Think about all of your problems, now, list them from hardest to easiest.

Lastly, think about which one of these problems is blocking you from spending time to take care of the other ones. This may sound like a lot but when you have your eyes closed for 10 minutes or longer, you’ll understand that you’ll have the time to do this.

What this is doing is it’s letting you see the problems that you’re facing from a grander scale. You begin to understand the importance of working on one thing at a time.

Think about all of your past obstacles, you probably got rid of them within the same order as this meditation. Think of what is bothering you the most and come up with a game plan of how to take it down. Be real with yourself during these moments, what do you have to do in order to move on from these things in your life?

This happened to me the other day, after feeling overwhelmed with school, my future, and my side hustles I decided to do a 10-minute meditation to help me feel better. Once I had all of my problems aligned, I figured out what I needed to work on first and what problems I can attack after that.

I realized that I needed to get a paper done before I can do anything else. I told myself that it wasn't going to be easy but this all that I need to work on as of right now.

Do the same thing for your problems, you will feel a lot better about your situation and you will see stress as an opportunity to meditate rather than a time of depression.

Have some patience with the process, it may take you several tries to get this done but you will be able to do it. The more you do this the more you’ll realize that those problems aren’t as bad as you may have originally thought.

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Take Action After Meditating

Your meditation will eventually come to an end and you will feel refreshed. You now know what you have to do in order to defeat the obstacles that are in your way.

You’ll want to take action before it’s too late, if you don’t take action after the meditation then your whole plan will be forgotten and you will be back where you started.

Do your best to value your meditation sessions and treat them as a quick one-on-one therapy session with yourself. Get all of your problems out of your mind and organize them into a way you can overcome them one by one.

Also, you’re the most motivated when you finished with your session so that’s another reason why you should start. Motivation isn’t always easy to come by so you might as well use it when you can and take advantage of it while you can.

The choice to take action is up to you just like how meditation is a choice. You’re the one who will be using this technique and you’ll be the one putting it to the test. It may work for you or it may not, either way, you’ll become closer to your problems than you were before.

Meditation will always be there for you to try and your problems will stick around too if you’re not willing to work on them. Use your thoughts as a method to defeat obstacles. I’ll leave you with a quote from Lao Tzu that says

Whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong.

A young adult who’s writing is geared towards self-improvement and self care. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

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