It sucks when something that everyone is listing in their top 10 essential for success doesn’t work for you. I have been there, meditation also didn’t work for me for years.
When I started meditating, for literally years, I saw no results and it made me give up on it. I thought it was overrated. However, I watched something that portrayed meditation as the path to the meaning of life itself.
So, I decided to start again as it was too important to skip.
I started by practicing the meditation technique that involves focusing on the tip of the nose. I used to do mindful meditation before, this time, I decided not to do it since my past experience showed me how it didn’t work for me.
In just 20-30 days, I experienced several differences.
Suddenly I could sit and write for 20-30 minutes straight, read for more time, and was more focused overall. This may not sound much of a difference to you, but I had zero discipline back then, and I was improving for the first time in years.
If meditation isn’t working for you, Here are 5 simple reasons for this:
1. You are Practicing The Technique Wrongly or You Should Perform a Different Technique
First, don’t assume you know the technique just because you watched a TikTok clip. Search for the technique and make sure you listen to someone who at least has used it himself or follow the guidance of a yogi.
I know it’s difficult to find a yogi. However, you will find hundreds of clips of yogis teaching how to meditate online. Watch those clips properly, clearly write down what you need to do, and follow it word by word.
There are simple meditation techniques like Transcendental Meditation, but there are some meditation techniques that are difficult to understand. So, keep yourself alert and clear.
Second, not every technique is going to work for you.
There are a lot of meditation techniques, and some will work for you and some will not. It’s just how it is. I have wasted a lot of time practicing a technique with zero results, not knowing I could have results If I performed a different technique.
Don’t make the same mistake. Perform a meditation technique for 20 days, twice every day for at least 10 minutes. If you don’t feel any difference, look for some other technique.
Here are a few meditation techniques you can try:
You can find more meditation techniques here.
2. You want Results Immediately
You should practice a technique for at least 20-30 days, twice a day, at least for 10 minutes before deciding whether it works for you or not, and when you find the one technique that works for you, stick to it.
Moreover, your lifestyle plays a primary role in deciding how fast you will see results. If your lifestyle is chaotic like mine, it may take months before you experience a difference in your behavior, emotions, and thoughts.
You can also fast-track your progress by changing your lifestyle, making it more peaceful and soothing. If you can’t do that due to the hazards of your job, just increase the time you spend meditating. There is no other way.
3. You are Not Consistent
No matter how great a meditation technique is, you need to do it consistently to get results and keep improving. This is how I look at meditation, you may find this perspective useful:
Think of meditation as training your mind, just like abs crunches train the abdominal muscles. The more you do it, the stronger you will get. However, if you are not consistent, you will start derailing.
And there is no substitute for it. You need to perform the technique if you want the results.
However, only at the beginning stages you need to think about maintaining consistency. As you improve, it will get easier for you to meditate and stay consistent since meditation will become one of the most pleasurable tasks you do in a day.
You may even start looking for ways to increase the time you spend meditating. Maintaining consistency will not be an issue at that point.
4. You are Taking It Too Lightly
As I said earlier, meditation trains the mind. It will require effort and consistency on your part to improve. You may think about meditation with friends and listen to spiritual lessons, but at the end of the day, what will count is the time you spend meditating.
Meditation gives power to the thinking part of your brain. You will become more thoughtful, and your perspective on things will deepen the more you meditate.
Your personality may start to change due to meditation. Your negative behaviors will crumble, you will align yourself toward meaning and purpose, immediate gratification will no longer tempt you, all of these are pretty big things, and meditation helps you with all of them.
So, avoid taking it lightly and try to give your 100%.
Moreover, if you can, limit your screen time. This is what I have experienced: The more I watch content (Youtube videos, movies, or read something for entertainment), the harder it gets for me to meditate.
It’s like, my focus decreases when I passively watch anything. There are also studies that suggest watching television is bad for your brain health & reduces your focus. Watching movies and youtube videos will do the same.
5. You are Not Eating Healthy or Taking Care of Your Body
Meditation is a part of yoga and is performed after yoga asana practice.
Moreover, most yogis consume a simple vegetarian diet. This is done for spiritual reasons, however, one of the primary reasons is because it helps in meditation.
It’s simple, if your body is healthy and you are consuming a healthy diet, it will affect your mental health positively.
You don’t need to start following a vegetarian diet to get good at meditation (It’s for the best if you do), but you should consider cutting junk food, sugary beverages, and alcohol from your diet.
Moreover, train at least twice a week. You don’t have to follow a strict workout routine. A 30 minutes jog or hiking twice a week is enough.
Don’t give up on meditation just yet. Keep moving, keep trying new things and force it to work for you. It’s just, our world is filled with too much distraction, making it harder than usual to train the mind, meditate.
But you have to meditate. If you don’t, your mind takes over, and it will make your life less meaningful, painful, and more impulsive. On the other hand, by meditating, you can live a life where you are in control of your mind and move in the most meaningful direction.
Keep in mind, the mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master. Use meditation, be in control of yourself, your life, and ultimately your destiny.
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