Problems in Meditation

Why You Can’t Meditate (and what to do about it)

I Can’t Meditate (Yes You Can!)

Difficulty Meditating

One of the tools I’ve been working on over the past months has been mediation. It was brought up first by Rabbi Pam, then with another person in the wellness center. Trying it at home, I’ve had mixed results. I have a few sites that I visit for guided meditation, finding that I need that “other person” to lead me. On my own, I find it is more difficult for me.

Lately, even the guided mindful meditations are not working. My mind keeps reaching out, moving from one thing to another. My place also is not very quiet, with the constant sound of traffic passing by, noises from other apartments, the hiss of the radiator when the steam comes up. Those noises are more easily dealt with. Sirens, not so much.

The three articles I’ve provided links for (above) give some help, in my opinion, to help the novice mediator. I guess part of my “problem” is that I expect to achieve the peace and tranquility right away, every time. I haven’t been focusing on the now, taking each attempt at mediation for what it is at that time. So, frustrated, I’ll let time pass by before trying it again.

That is not the way to gain anything.

So…setting aside the time each day, as I’ve done with the prayers, is what I will do. Not try, do (Master Yoda!).


About Stu

I am a creative individual with many areas of passion: Professional Storyteller; NYS Certified Drama Specialist/Educator; Professional Development Coordinator & Facilitator; Workshop Leader; sometime Puppeteer; Playwright; Director; Performer; Teaching Artist; and sometimes more.

Posted on March 5, 2013, in Caring, counseling, Friends, Healing, Inspiration, Love, Meditations, Mindfulness, Prayers, Spiritual, Therapy, Transformation and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. LIke anything worth achieving, meditation is something that needs to be practiced and practice takes time and patience! Thanks for the post. ~ Mike

  2. There is a reason they call meditation a practice isn’t there? 🙂
    They best advice I’ve ever gotten around busy brain issues is to not fight them. Let them flow and simply observe them. No judgements, just observe. As you become aware your focus grows.
    Meditation is personal. I need to do a physical observance first. I tense and release every part of my body starting at my toes. This helps me get ready for inner focus. Keep at it and you will find what works for you.

  3. I am reminded of the quip I’ve seen a few times, “God grant me patience and serenity… and grant it right now!” But seriously, when outside noises are distracting I like to put on some soothing instrumental music (one I like uses a thunderstorm) and use headphones to shut out the noises. This helps me focus.

  4. I do very well with guided meditation, but I’m afraid my monkey mind gets in the way without a guide!

  5. I never have learned to meditate properly. I put on music that will at least guide me way from whatever is causing anxiety into happiness or (often) a nap! 🙂

    • The idea from the links above is that there is no “properly” in meditation. That is the mistake that I’ve made. I want to do this more, and learn to relax.

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