I can't meditate because...
Last updated December, 2017.
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There are many reasons people give for not being able to meditate. The most common include:
But, saying that you can't meditate because of these reasons is like saying you can't exercise and eat healthy because you are out of shape and overweight.
You need to exercise and eat healthy because you are out of shape and overweight.
Likewise, you need to meditate (and practice mindfulness) because your mind is busy, because you can't sit still, because you can't focus, because you have ADHD.
We all get lost in our minds - it's the human condition. Tackling this issue can be a scary prospect. There is a certain amount of comfort in the status quo, and a certain amount of fear when it comes to change - even if that change will substantially improve our overall state of being.
But, these thoughts and emotions about meditating are just like any other thoughts and emotions: they're temporary, and they'll pass the same as they arose. You don't have to cling to them and let them dictate who you are and what you do.
Notice the discomfort and fear. Realize you don't have to get caught up in it, and move your attention away from it.
Ironically, the first act of meditating (and, being mindful) is often becoming aware of the mental drama that keeps us from doing it!
What are you trying to "cope" with?
Coping doesn't work - addressing the root cause does. We'll show you how.
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