What makes meditation so difficult?
Despite the fact that there is substantial scientific evidence that meditation has enormous advantages, as well as real instances and medical miracles, individuals do not want to meditate and find it dull.
Do you recall the day you received your first cycle? Do you remember the first time you rode your bike? The days when you practised and attempted cycling every day are when you have the fondest memories with your bicycle. So many efforts, so many failures. Isn't that right? All you had to do was try and try again until you got the right balance. There was nothing else but adventure once you saw the balance! Meditation operates on the same principle- balance!
Why is meditation boring?
During meditation, both your body and mind become relaxed. When your internal system relaxes, your mind and body begin to expel or push out toxins, releasing tension. As a result, you may experience pain, uncomfortable feelings, or odd thoughts. We can't deny that the mind is always looking for outcomes. The mind understands that the ultimate objective is to be calm and alert. When you fail to attain your goal, your mind perceives it as a failure or loss. As a result, the mind dislikes it.
When does meditation work?
Let's look at the meditation trick. Meditation is not difficult to learn. However, the mind is. The mind, which, according to Buddha, possesses the characteristics of a monkey, is the most difficult to control. Just as we must learn the concepts and tactics of cycling before attempting it, we must learn the principles and techniques of meditation before attempting it. We must select the appropriate guide and delegate the task to the guide. Once you practise, you will learn, and once you learn, it will be as simple as birds flying, fish swimming, and a baby walking.
Meditation was significantly more difficult in ancient times, when yoga was a regular part of people's life. Do you understand why? Because they had never had as easy access to guided meditation as we have now. Despite the fact that we have so many tools and techniques for meditation available today, many individuals find it difficult to meditate. Your thoughts are the sole reason. Your mind has produced so many waves of thinking that it will not remain still. "To prevent evil, develop good, and then your mind will be fully purified," Buddha advises. We must utilise our ideas to purify our minds in the same way that we use water to clear dirt. It's a shame that our rishis and sages have ventured so deep into awareness and returned with pearls of insight. However, we are unable to recognise them because a layer of contaminated thinking prevents our minds from acquiring information.
Advanced meditation practitioners do not find it difficult to meditate because the wise part in them has become more dominant. The truth is that the mind enjoys being engaged. It appreciates tasks such as puzzle solving, game playing, calculating, and analysing. The mind is a valuable instrument for generating emotions as a direct effect of our ideas. The colour of your emotions is worn by your soul, and this forms your individuality. Anger, sadness, anxiety, and uncertainty are all triggered by negative ideas. Positive thinking generates smiles and joy. That's why children are constantly cheerful.
People who constantly think negatively, on the other hand, become unhappy, worried, and agitated. Meditation is the sole treatment for this restless state of mind, but it is also the most difficult. When the mind is agitated, it will go to any length to redirect your attention away from the thoughts that it generates. When this occurs, you lose faith in the process.
Therapists who treat mood disorders say that our mental state has three divisions:
- Reasonable State
- Emotional State
- Wise State
The wise mind’s voice is softer and subtler because we energise the other two states of mind, with logical and non-logical thoughts constantly helping them grow stronger and stronger. Meditation is a beautiful method to tame the mind even when it does not want to be tamed. This makes it more difficult. Stop and listen to the wise state of your mind, and it becomes easier. When you walk towards a destination hurriedly, for example, to catch a bus and step on mud, do you stop walking or clean the dirt and proceed? Meditation is a process for cleansing your mind. You have to trust the process and believe that the universe's energies are sanctifying your mind. Observe your thoughts and try to change your relationship with discomfort, and meditation can transform you magically.