Overcoming obstacles to meditate

Meditation is too difficult. I can’t shut my brain off. I can’t sit still for too long. I have no time. These are just a few of the common excuses we tell ourselves when we think about starting a meditation practice. The latest issue of Mindful invites us to examine some of the reasons we use to not meditate – and the benefits of why we should try anyway. View the complete chart here.

Excuses to not meditate

1. I can’t sit still. That’s OK. No one starts out sitting perfectly still. Meditation is a process that develops over time.

2. My mind is too fast. So be it. There’s no need to find an ideal rate for your mind.

3. I don’t have time. Taking even just five minutes to slow down can have more benefits to your mind and outlook than powering through your day.

Reasons to meditate anyway

1. Lower stress. Excess stress can cause certain illnesses, and make other illnesses worse. Mindfulness has been shown to help reduce stress.

2. Reduce brain chatter. Quiet the voice in your head to help you think more clearly.

3. Improve focus. It’s frustrating when our attention is pulled in so many directions. Meditation hones our innate ability to focus.

Try some easy-to-follow guided exercises on our podcast.

Listening exercise for teens

Being at peace with food – working with emotions

Mindful driving

Auto suggestion exercise for relaxation

Deep breathing exercise

Other resources:

Cultivating Focus: Techniques for Excellence

Focus for Teens: Enhancing Concentration, Caring and Calm

Focus for Kids: Enhancing Concentration, Caring and Calm

Working with Mindfulness

Relax: 6 Techniques to Lower Your Stress

Awake at the Wheel: Mindful Driving

Being at Peace with Food