Why can't I meditate?
February 8, 2011 7:39 AM Subscribe
Why can't I meditate? What do I just not get about meditation?
posted by tr45vbyt to health & fitness (36 answers total) 58 users marked this as a favorite
For many years now I have wanted to be able to meditate largely due to the great benefits I have read/been told people experience through meditation. At times I have tried and then given up because I just got almost nothing out of it.
Most recently I decided to give it another go. I purchased and read two books - Buddhism without Beliefs and Mindfulness in Plain English (both of which I found to be very good). I then meditated (or tried) each day for a few months. At first (for the majority of the time I tried) I would set an alarm (15 minutes or so) and just try to make it that long but without any requirement of myself to do so. What I found is that I could barely make it five minutes without finding myself literally hating just sitting there. So, I would stop and then try again in the evening or the next day with the same results. Quite frankly, even though I wasn't forcing myself to sit there for any length of time I really began to dread my meditation time each day. Towards the end of the period I decided I needed to force myself to sit for longer periods and did 15 minutes at first and then 30 hoping I would find the peace of mind, etc. that friends of mine have experienced. Same result - only I dreaded the mediation even more.
So am I just not capable of meditating? Has anyone else had this much trouble learning to meditate? Unfortunately I am not in an area where I can take a class on mediation.