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      Obstacles to Meditation & How to Overcome Them
      from the May 2003 Daily Meditator

      Paramhansa Yogananda said, "The soul loves to meditate!" The ego, however, because of its basic restlessness, finds it difficult to meditate. But we can learn to work with ourselves and make adjustments to help our practice. Once we realize the benefits of meditation, we relax more into its flow. Try to bring to your efforts in meditation common sense, patience, and self-compassion. Here are the most common obstacles to meditation, and what we can do to resolve them.

      1) Not Wanting to Meditate — When we don't feel like meditating, and we give in to this feeling, we can quickly go into a downward spiral. Yogananda said, "The less you meditate, the less you want to meditate. The more you meditate, the more you want to meditate." When you don't want to meditate, the best thing to do is a shorter meditation. Create the habit of meditation by doing it every day, even if it is only for 3-5 minutes! Remember that a short focused meditation is much more beneficial than a long, unfocused one.

      2) Restlessness — Sitting still might seem easy, but it actually makes a tremendous demand on the body and mind. Most of the time our bodies are in motion, so much so that we hardly notice it. When we try to become still we can find it quite a challenge. So we should be easy on ourselves and accept the fact that it takes time to go from motion to stillness, from outwardness to inwardness. This is true on every level of our being. Every moment of our lives we are usually active, unless we are asleep, and even then there is a certain level or movement of body and mind. Meditation is being, not doing. Think of a lake, turbulent on the surface, but the depths are still and calm. To get to the depths you must dive through the restless surface. Allow time to get comfortable, to scratch and to wriggle, then gently and firmly insist on physical stillness.

      3) Physical Discomfort — Being physically comfortable is very important part of meditation practice. Exercise always helps. Stretching, or a few yoga postures before you begin to meditate will help greatly. Use pillows, pads, benches, a chair or whatever you need to support your upright posture. Find a position that your body can maintain comfortably and still have the spine upright.

      4) No Time — When you're short on time, cut down on the length of meditation, rather than skipping it altogether. Go for quality rather than quantity. Learn to manage your time a little more wisely. Remember that if you meditate your energy and concentration powers grow, and you will use all your time more efficiently.

      5) Feeling That You Are Not a Good Meditator — This is a very insidious thought, because it may cause you to stop meditating completely. Plus, it isn't true! You cannot measure your success as a meditator by judging a particular meditation, or even a series of meditations. Every meditation builds on the one before it, even if you think it wasn't a good one. What is a good meditation anyway? One that you do! St. Teresa of Avila said, "A meditation is well done, if all you did was fight distraction."

      The purpose of meditation techniques is to bring the mind back from being distracted. We think we should never be distracted once we have a meditation technique. But remember that the point of using meditation practices is that now we do have something for the mind to return to. This is practicing meditation correctly—each time you realize that you are distracted, calmly return to your technique. No matter how many times this happens during a meditation, calmly return and never give in to discouragement.
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      This article is nice.

      I would like to suggest another avenue to mediation for those who may have trouble being "still".

      My suggestion is, if there is something that one likes to do, that has a repetitive motion to it like knitting, making jewelry, weaving, drawing etc - starting in this way can help one to create focus. Once the person is focused, and if their intent be true in the working of their craft, then one can slip into a form of meditation this way.

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      Venusian describes waking meditation, which is a viable process that you do naturally everyday. Every time you "zone out" you are meditating. The question is, what are you zoning out on? Is SPIRIT in control, or some worry? or some want? People "zone out" all day, but they usually dont put Spirit in charge over the situation.

      However most people are not evolved enough to use their sole form of meditation, but merely as a calminng process or segue to traditional meditation.
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      Quote Originally Posted by IfasehunReincarnated
      Venusian describes waking meditation, which is a viable process that you do naturally everyday. Every time you "zone out" you are meditating. The question is, what are you zoning out on? Is SPIRIT in control, or some worry? or some want? People "zone out" all day, but they usually dont put Spirit in charge over the situation.

      However most people are not evolved enough to use their sole form of meditation, but merely as a calminng process or segue to traditional meditation.
      May I suggest, to help aid focus and usher in the needed essence of Spirit, that one perform these task utilizing colors, objects or clothing that link them to the wisdom sought. For example, if I choose to meditate this way through drawing and wanted to commune with the essence of Spirit that is of the river and love then I would place colors before me that resonate her brillance like yellows, greens, blues, pinks, etc. I may even drape a yellow and green sash around my waist, put a peacock feather in my hair (and it could go on). This process does not have to be as aimless as presented above. View all things spiritually. There is the most treasured value in stillness yes - but also, there is value and growth in purposed/right actions.

      edited to add...the same can be done while working on chakras (root chakra- use red yarn in knitting or wear a read shirt during execution), praying, working mantras etc. The possibilities are endless and do aid in ones personal growth in Spirit. In time, stillness may not be as difficult to achieve.

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      Excellent points Venusian. Look forward to more comments by you in the Spirituality Forum.
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      Quote Originally Posted by IfasehunReincarnated
      Excellent points Venusian. Look forward to more comments by you in the Spirituality Forum.
      Thank You


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