In order to be at peace in today’s world, people recommend that you should meditate daily. Although there are other ways to find peace through unhealthy alternatives, meditation is a practice that can actually increase your health and gives you the option to do it at any time of the day.
Isn’t it crazy to think that we have a hard time sitting down, focusing on one thing?
While many have claimed that they have “mastered” the habitual practice, many people like myself have seen it lose meaning over time. Once you do anything for a long period of time, there will be days where you either get tired of the process, or you feel like it’s starting to lose meaning.
Luckily, with meditation, there are many avenues you can take when trying to find meaning in it again. Think about when you first started meditating, how did it feel and what did you like most about it? If your first time was anything like mine then you understand how hard it can be to sit in a still position for 10 minutes or more. But the journey that you embarked on with meditation has changed your life for the better when thinking about it in totality.
Of course, there were days where you may have felt like just skipping it but when you did force yourself to do it, you saw a great change in your life. So, how do you get your passion back for meditation? Well, there a few steps you can take when trying to rediscover the art but it’s important you understand that meditation will be tough at times but the pros definitely out way the cons.
Go Back To Guided Meditation
Guided meditation is not only for beginners, it was made to help people with meditation, even the people who’ve been doing it for a long time. If your process is becoming altered when it comes to your daily routine then you should think about going back to the basics to find some clarity in your process.
In guided meditation, you are given instructions to help you get the most out of your session. If your sessions lately consist of not being able to focus and moments of frustration, open up whatever meditation app you would like and listen.
Maybe you’ve been having a hard time keeping your breathing steady, in the app, they will give you a small exercise to do within the meditation like counting each breath up to ten and then starting over. These guided meditations will give you a fresh perspective on the way you meditate.
Many people have used mediation apps to help themselves create a unique meditation routine that they do on their own. With my sessions, I learned to take a few deep breaths with my eyes open before I begin and closing my eyes on the exhale when I’m about to start.
If your routine is losing meaning and even getting a little boring then it's best for you to try out a week of guided meditation. Don’t think that you’re too good for these apps, instead, go into them with an open mind. You will not only learn more about the meditation but more about yourself as well.
Meditation allows you to become familiar with your thoughts and improves your focus throughout the day with different tasks, don’t risk your energy on sessions that are giving you no value, slow down and listen to the calming voice of somebody guiding you through the process.
Meditate On Something That’s Been Bothering You
If you’ve been having a hard time meditating then it’s most likely because there’s something on your mind that you’re avoiding. This builds stress and anxiety over time and will make you explode when you least expect it.
Instead of bottling up your true feelings and being ashamed to admit what it is, that’s bothering you, meditate on it. When I say this, I don't mean to think about it all day long but take 10–20 minutes with your eyes closed to think about the matter. If it’s a problem that you’re having in a relationship then think about if the relationship is best for you right now and what you can do to improve the lives of both of you.
If you’re having trouble with work or school then take time to think about a solution that can help you enjoy those things more. I used to avoid my troubles when meditating and try to focus only on my breath, every time I did this, I realized that I had a hard time breathing and that my focus wasn’t 100%.
Now, when I do take the problem head-on and get over that anxious feeling of confronting it I feel free because I know that the world isn’t going to end because of this problem.
Remind yourself that meditation shouldn’t be stressful or painful, it’s an experience that you should enjoy daily and show you what it means to be in touch with yourself. We all don’t realize this but we are constantly surrounded by noise, even if you live alone, you become a victim to your thoughts, and without meditation, those thoughts can take over you and make you lose control.
Don’t be afraid to think about stressful things that are on your mind, there are a time and a place to handle them and you can think of those what to do in those while you’re meditating.
Keep Trying Different Styles of Meditation
There are so many styles of meditation that you can try and if you need a little spice to add to your routine then you should definitely try some. One method that was surprising to me was from entrepreneur and investor Naval Ravikant where he says he will focus on absolutely nothing, he literally lets his mind focus on whatever he wants it to.
So, this can be anything that comes to mind, if you want to focus on your breath a little bit then do so and moments later you want to think about what you’ll be having for dinner then do so. After trying this for a few weeks, it felt good to not have to focus on one thing and let my mind run. I was more relaxed throughout the day and actually looked forward to meditation.
The same can go for you when trying this process but it’s always good to use what works for you. Another style of meditation is to do a session with open eyes, it’s a bit uncomfortable at first but in this routine, you would be focusing on something in front of you like a flower or a piece of furniture in your room.
Meditation doesn't have to be you sitting down but it can be done wherever. Even going for walks around your neighborhood or just cooling out in your backyard enjoying the breeze can be seen as a form of meditation.
You can do a session one day where you’re focusing on your breath and the next day you can do a session where you’re focusing on the sensations of your body. Do some research on different ways you can meditate and add them into your life as soon as possible.
Use meditation in your day to day, so that you can be at peace with life. Struggling with meditation is normal but it’s just part of the process. I’ll leave you with a quote from Ajahn Brahm that says
“Meditation is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.”