Have you ever wanted to start meditating, but you just don’t know how to get started? Maybe you tried but couldn’t keep it consistent?
I can give you so many reasons to start a meditation practice: from reduction in stress levels, to increasing your ability to focus, allowing yourself to become more efficient and productive at your job, or in any area of life. Meditation changes the brain and activates neurochemicals that automatically make us feel happier and give us more energy. What value can we put on a clear peace-of-mind, or on being able to communicate during tough conversations even if you’re angry or upset? I could go on and on about all the benefits, but this doesn’t always seem to help folks to start their practice or help them stay consistent with such a great habit. Maybe you have meditated for a few years on and off and you know how much better you feel each time you meditate. Wherever you are on the mindfulness journey, I always ask people; why aren’t you meditating?
The research and my own experience tells me that meditation is as important and at times, maybe more important, than exercise. However, many studies claim that only 23 percent of Americans get enough exercise. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that Americans aren’t meditating. My goal is to help get ten percent of America meditating!
So why aren’t people meditating? There can be several obstacles in the way of meditating, but here are some of the top obstacles I hear. Many people say the guilt of not spending time with others, not knowing how to do it or thinking they’re doing it wrong, are the reasons they don’t meditate. Others say I just can’t do it because my mind never shuts down. If any of these obstacles are the case, try guided meditations or get in touch with a coach who can help you get started more easily. Many think they may have to give up their beliefs or change religions. Of course this isn’t true; breathing and meditation are universal teachings. Time is the number one obstacle. But, do you have ten minutes a day? How about five minutes? If you do, then that’s all it can take and if you don’t, start with one minute. I know you have one minute because many of the busiest people I work with from doctors, nurses and high ranking military leaders, tell me they have one minute a day.
I am encouraging you to tackle these obstacles because your health, well-being, happiness and job performance are worth it. I’ve been meditating for almost half my life and I am not sure how other folks go through life without it. It’s a way to reduce suffering and create an abundance of joy, gratitude and happiness in life. I wish nothing else for you and the world!