Meditation WORKS is a proven fact! Not only those into Yoga will vouch for it but the whole world has come to accept it. Scientists, doctors, researchers, everyone is convinced about benefits of meditation. It is a highly recommended practice to improve the quality of your physical, emotional and spiritual life. And yet we have people around us who say it doesn’t work for them. And then we come across people who practice meditation but don’t have enough to show for it. Meaning, they claim to be practicing mediation and yet lose temper at slightest trigger, argue unnecessarily and show negative behavior in all they say and do. Why does it work for some and not for others? Or when does it work and when does it not? In this article, we will list down reasons why meditation doesn’t work so that those who practice and for whom it is not working will find their own reasons.
People meditate for a variety of reasons. Some want to overcome depression, some want to focus better, some want to sleep better, some to think better and some for overall wellbeing and tuning in with spiritual energies. Whatever is your reason for meditation, it will not work or show results if either the purpose or genuine involvement is lacking. Here are the reasons when meditation is not likely to work.
Don’t meditate on an impulse, under pressure, or as a pretense. Don’t change the timings often or discontinue it once you begin unless it is an absolute emergency. Meditating after lunch or dinner is timing it wrong and a bad idea. Decide the timing, place, the technique you wish to follow, understand it well, and then give it your 100%.
Be alert, and do not fall asleep during meditation. You have to remain focused at the time of doing meditation. Don’t let your mind wander. All this put together sounds like a tricky combination but with help of an instructor and some practice you’ll be able to do it; quieting and resting your mind, and yet remaining in an awakened state. That’s the way it has to be.
If you go on looking at the watch to check the number of minutes you have been meditating, you are not meditating at all. If you are a beginner, start with short duration and gradually increase the time. Choose a quiet place with least sounds and other distractions. If you have to miss a day of meditation, don’t fret. If you have to, you have to. Look forward to the next session and give it all your best. Meditation will not work if you do it under the influence of alcohol or substance; do it in faulty or difficult postures or do not understand mantras you are chanting.
If meditation is not working for you, may be you can attribute it to one of the above reasons and find ways to rectify it.