Meditation can be said to a process or a technique where you can utilize the power of mindfulness, focusing your mind on a certain object or issue to achieve full awareness and attain an emotionally calm and stable state of mind.
It's not about becoming another person from what you are; it's training yourself to be mindful and aware in order to get a healthy sense of perspectives. Meditation doesn't magically change your mind or your feelings. It trains you to focus and observe them without any judgment, which helps you understand the world better.
The benefits of a personal meditation practice have been known for many centuries although there’s been a recent rise in its awareness on social platforms.
Today, the shift to meditation is evident as many CEOs, athletes, comedians, politicians, and other world leaders turn it. Many have already attested the clear-cut benefits of meditation and how it has helped them achieve great success. Thus, it's safe to say that the technique is here to stay.
A personal meditation practice is, of course, the easiest and beneficial personal development technique to learn. Anyone can practice it. You can do it anytime and anywhere — on a crowded bus, on the field, in a secluded room, you can also meditate even now if you want it.
There are a wide range of health, physical, mental, and emotional benefits that come with meditation. Meditating even five minutes daily can make your life healthier and happier.
That said, we are here to explore the top five reasons that make many individuals stop stressing about meditation.
5 Reasons You Need to Stop Stressing About Your Meditation Practice
Although we’ve talked about the benefits and how helpful and easy it can be, you might still find yourself stressing over creating a perfect meditation practice for yourself. Here are a few reasons you should stop stressing and just get started.
Expecting Perfection is Unrealistic
Lots of people stop themselves from practicing meditation because they're expecting perfection.
Of course, perfection in anything is unattainable. Striving to achieve perfection on your meditation journey can lead to feeling great inadequacy and easily lead you to the wrong path. Perfectionism can stop you from listening to your inner voice, making you more conscious of the thoughts and opinions of others – which is exactly what you’re aiming NOT to do in meditation.
Also, meditation itself isn't meant to transform you into a perfect person; it's meant to improve your health, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing through mindfulness and mental focus.
Timing Won't Always be "Right" for Meditation - Meditate Anyway.
So many people will say that they don't have time to meditate.
As we earlier stated, you can get the benefits of meditation in as little as 5 minutes. And, everyone has five minutes, even on your busiest day.
Matter of fact, if you don’t feel like you have 5 minutes for meditation, you should probably carve out 10 minutes!
There are lots of CEOs and business leaders touting awesome morning routines that include hour-long meditation sessions. You don’t need to do that – but start with setting aside even a minute to meditate to begin with, then gradually adjust it as you go. If you make meditation a priority in your life, you will always have ample time for it and reap the benefits.
Your Energy Isn't the Same Every day, Which Can Make Daily Practice a Challenge.
If you’re anything like me, your energy level isn't the same every day. Somedays are awesome and you have all of the energy in the world and meditation will come easily. Other days will be super low energy and it’ll be a struggle to even get 5 minutes of mindfulness in.
The best thing to remember is that meditation doesn’t require any specific amount of energy. Actually, meditation can help increase your energy.
When you start meditating, even when you aren't feeling great or high energy, you might find that you get lots of energy during and after your session. So don’t let a low energy day be an excuse.
You don't have to do it alone - guided or assisted meditations can help.
Practicing meditation doesn’t have to be a solo journey. Technically, everyone’s meditation journey is a path that you’re walking for you and you alone – but it doesn’t have to be a journey that you take by yourself.
There are so many apps and websites available to help you on your journey. There are also mindfulness groups and meditation groups where you can actually join together with other people to meditate.
There will be bumps along the way.
In meditation, the first thing that you should get rid of is expectations—they can make you quit the process, especially at the beginning.
The benefits of meditation can be subtle.
If you’re expecting to have a “Goddess on the mountaintop” experience during every session, you will be disappointed. If you require you feel like a “Goddess on the mountaintop” before you sit down to meditate – you’ll end up not meditating very often at all.
If anything, expect that you’re going to have highs and lows – ups and downs while practicing meditation. There will be days where you can’t get a handle on your mind during a session – other times where your breath and brain are perfectly in sync and you rise directly to Goddess level.
More than anything, you should remember that your meditation practice is yours. You are the Goddess of your journey – whatever journey that is.