6 Common Meditation Obstacles and How to Overcome Them

Starting aregular meditation practice can seem challenging. Here’s howyou can overcome common obstaclesand reap meditation’s many health benefits.

Meditation has numerous health benefits. Research shows it can ease anxiety and depression, improve heart health and much more. Sadly, many people don’t enjoy these benefits because of the obstacles below.

As is the case with most habits, you’ll face obstacles when trying to make meditation an everyday habit. It happened to me for so long, but over the last year I’ve overcome the obstacles and made meditation part of my daily routine.

6 Common Meditation Obstacles and How to Overcome Them

1. “I Lack Self-Discipline.”

This excuse stops many of us from forming new healthy habits, but realize that discipline is like a muscle. You can grow it through daily practice. Don’t try to meditate for 20 or 30 minutes, if you lack discipline. Start with short sessions of five minutes, and do it first thing in the morning.

As time goes by, it’ll be easier to increase the duration of your sessions to 10 or 20 minutes. Even better, the discipline you gain through meditation will allow you to form other new healthy habits.

You may also want to use these strategies to make the habit of meditation stick.

2. “Im Too Busy.”

It’s easy to overcome this obstacle if you start with short sessions. I bet you can spare five minutes every day.

With that said, you can do longer sessions without changing your daily routine. Take advantage of your lunch break at work, or meditate when you’re stuck in traffic.

3. “It Takes Too Long to See Results.”

Some beginners expect their stress or anxiety to vanish after the first 15-minute meditation session. You have to realize that it takes some time to see results.

The good news is you only have to stay consistent for a few weeks to start enjoying the benefits. In fact, meditating for two weeks helped participants in this study reduce mind-wandering and improve memory capacity.

4. “I Fall Asleep During my Sessions.”

Do you doze off whenever you meditate? This may be a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep at night.

Work on getting at least eight hours of sleep every night. You can also boost your energy during your sessions by keeping your back straight, lifting your chin higher and paying attention to your breath.

5. “I Dont Think Meditation is Very Important.”

I always encourage people to learn the benefits of meditation before they start. Knowing the benefits increasesyour chances of staying consistent.

You may be surprised to find out meditation changes the actual structure of your brain. As a result, it improves memory and focus.There are some truly powerfulways that meditation benefits your brain.

6. “I Cant Stop Thinking.”

Does your mind start wandering as soon as you close your eyes to meditate? Don’t beat yourself up for this. Realize that you can’t keep your mind clear through an entire session.

However, breath counting can help calm you down and clear your mind. Also, if mindfulness meditation doesn’t work for you, try transcendental meditation, which involves repeating a mantra.

Lastly, realize that meditation will feel easier as you continue to practice. Nowadays, my 20-minute sessions feel shorter than they used to, and I’m more relaxed after the sessions.

Whats your biggest meditation obstacle?

30 comments

La'neSa'an M
LánéSaán M25 days ago

I have been practicing and teaching meditation for many years. Sacred awareness in walking or making a sacred object is another way of meditating with all the benefits.

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Sarah A
Sarah A25 days ago

Thank you

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Anna R
Anna R27 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Peggy B
Peggy B27 days ago

Noted

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Marija M
Marija M28 days ago

tks for sharing, very interesting

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Lisa M
Lisa M28 days ago

Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M28 days ago

Thanks.

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Paulo R
Paulo R28 days ago

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Greta L
Alice L28 days ago

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Danuta W
Danuta W28 days ago

Thank you for sharing

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