Quieting the Distracted Mind
By: Michell Stanley, LICSW, ACC, RYT
Meditation is a practice that has been around for centuries, offering numerous benefits for the mind, body, and spirit. It is known to reduce stress, improve focus, and promote overall well-being.
Despite these benefits, most people find it challenging to establish a consistent meditation practice. In this article, we will explore how to transform some of the most common meditation obstacles into opportunities for self-growth.
Meditation Obstacle #1: A Restless Mind:
One of the most common challenges in meditation is dealing with a restless mind. Our minds are constantly bombarded with thoughts, worries, and distractions, making it difficult to find inner peace. (For more on overcome symptoms of anxiety click here)
Meditation is not about stopping thoughts but rather observing them without judgement. Try acknowledging the thoughts at face value without analyzing, interpreting or expanding them. Focus on your breath or a visual object to quiet and slow down thinking.
Meditation Obstacle #2. A- Lack of Time:
Many people feel overwhelmed with daily responsibilities, leaving little room for self-care practices.
Start by setting aside just a few minutes each day for meditation. Wake up a few minutes earlier or find a quiet moment during your lunch break. Consistency is key, and even short sessions can have a significant impact on your overall well-being. (Click Here to Get the Free Meditation Habit Helper Here to learn how to develop a consistent meditation habit in just 5 minutes per day)
Meditation Obstacle #3-Physical Discomfort:
Sitting in the stereotypical cross-legged meditation position for an extended period is physically challenging and for many quite uncomfortable and distracting.
Find a comfortable posture that works for you. You can sit on a cushion, a chair, or even lie down if necessary. Experiment with different positions and use props like pillows or blankets to support your body. Remember, the goal is to find a position that allows you to relax and stay alert without straining your body.
Meditation Obstacle #4 Expectations and Frustration:
It’s common to have high hopes of meditation and become frustrated when you don’t experience immediate results.
Approach your meditation with an open mind and let go of any preconceived notions of what or how it should be. Understand that meditation is a journey, and progress takes time. Be patient with yourself and embrace the process, even if it feels challenging at times. Celebrate small victories and focus on the present moment rather than worrying about the outcome.
Meditation Obstacle #5 — Lack of Guidance:
For beginners, not having proper guidance or a structured approach to meditation can be discouraging.
Fortunately, numerous resources are available to help you overcome this challenge. Consider the following resources:
Join our upcoming Intentional Living series™
Use guided meditation apps that provide step-by-step instructions.
Remember, every moment spent in meditation is an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. Embrace the journey and enjoy the transformative benefits that meditation can bring to your life.
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Michell Stanley Certified Professional Coach, Licensed Psychotherapist
As a holistic psychotherapist and a life coach, I use life coaching and psychology to help you be more intentional in your life and relationships so you can evolve through obstacles and enhance fulfillment.