Why you are struggling to meditate?

#meditation #meditation for beginners #meditation in 21 days #mindfulness Oct 24, 2022
When cultivating a meditation habit: how to avoid failure

Why does your enthusiasm for meditation fade after just a few days? Here are three reasons why this occurs.

After much thought, John decided to begin meditation finally. Initially, everything worked out well for him - he made progress, felt great, and was excited about the future. Then, however, it wasn't long before things began to unravel.

After two weeks of trying, he became demotivated. He lost focus and drive. Before he realized it, he had forgotten about his goal of sitting daily for meditation. Sound familiar to you?

This blog will explain three simple mistakes that can derail your meditation. Learning them in advance will help you avoid making the same mistakes as John. Unfortunately, even though they are so simple, many beginners fail to recognize them at an early stage.

Most common habit ruiner: neglecting simple joys meditation brings to you

Meditation is an easy way to bring peace & happiness into our lives. In addition to relieving stress, meditation can calm our minds and bodies and increase our concentration and focus. But unfortunately, it is easy to overlook these simple rewards when we set unrealistic goals like being anger-free or achieving miracles.

To experience the simple joys, ask yourself these three simple questions:

Question 1: 

 Question 2: 

Question 3: 


Among beginners, the following three mistakes are common:

  1. Trying to perfect the meditation technique
  2. Trying to expand meditation duration too quickly
  3. Overdo it with repeated meditations on the same day.

As you read on, I will explain more about these goal ruiners, so you can avoid them well in advance and cultivate meditation successfully.

Mistake 1: Trying to perfect the technique

A person may have different experiences with the Body Scan meditations, depending on their mental and physical health and their environment on a particular day. You must become familiar with the patterns and continue improving over time.

It is natural for beginners to try fine-tuning meditation techniques to meditate effectively. But instead, it would be more practical if you concentrated on habit repetition rather than perfection. James Clear's book Atomic Habits states, 'if you want to master a habit, begin with repetition, not perfection.'

Make sure you repeat meditation every day. With time, you'll master every aspect.

Mistake 2: Practicing meditation; too long, too fast

Many begin meditating with an abundance of enthusiasm. Some attempt to meditate thirty minutes from the beginning, whereas others initially sit for as little as ten minutes but seek to expand duration too rapidly. They expend their energy and lose their desire as a result.

A habit is formed over time. It has to be done in small bites. Neuroscientists explain how repetition teaches our brain's neurones to connect. For example, walking 5 minutes after dinner will become second nature if you keep doing it for some time. The non-conscious part of the mind takes over when you don't think about each step.

So to avoid this mistake, start meditation with 10 minutes and add about 2 minutes when you feel it is necessary to advance.

Mistake 3: Overdo it with repeated meditations on the same day

We know physical activity needs a lot of energy. Same way, meditation too requires a lot of mental energy. So it is true meditation produces a lot of positive energy, too. Yet, as a beginner, when you are not familiar with the delicate balancing acts, you may end up being exhausted. For example, when someone breathes forcefully for a long time, their lungs get tired.

Overdoing repeated meditation on the same day can easily exhaust your mental energy. So, it is advisable to get a proper rest instead of sitting for meditation again and again on the same day until you reach a broader understanding of the relations between the energy flow and meditation pattern.

In fact, when you start small and practice sitting day by day, you will be able to master these hurdles effortlessly. Start with 10 minutes and add about 2 minutes when you feel it is necessary to advance. Then, continue to practice the 3S method, sitting at the same place at the same time every day. Meditation will become a natural part of your daily routine, and you will enjoy its benefits. Enrol in our Meditation for Beginners program to learn meditation in 21 days.