8 Common Excuses Not to Meditate & How to Overcome Them

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The scientifically proven benefits of meditation are numerous and include everything from stress and anxiety reduction and improved memory function to increased feelings of well-being. If that means I can find my keys and cell phone easier, then sign me up. But while the benefits make meditation seem like a no-brainer, when it comes to actually practicing, it’s easy to turn to excuses. 


Here are some of the most common excuses, and how you can overcome them to start reaping the benefits of meditation. 

Excuse 1: Meditation is a spiritual experience, and that’s not my thing. Meditation doesn’t need to be spiritual at all. It’s all about being mindful and present. It’s a great tool for stepping back from all the thoughts that race through our heads throughout the day, and it gives us a moment to just be. If you want to make it into something spiritual, then great. But fundamentally it’s about bringing you into the present moment. 

Excuse 2: I don’t have the time to meditate. If you have time to take a deep breath, you have time to meditate. Just do it. Yes, right now. Didn’t that feel nice? When thinking about meditation, it’s easy to picture a monk sitting for hours on end pondering the joys and sufferings of life. For most of us, meditation doesn’t look anything like that. If you can’t fit anything else in your busy day, try meditating for one minute a day, just focusing on breathing deeply for that time.

Excuse 3: I’m not comfortable sitting cross-legged for long periods of time. None of us likes the pins and needles feeling of legs that have fallen asleep. Here’s the good news: You can meditate in whatever position you feel comfortable. You can do it in a chair, in your lair, in the bare, or on your mare. Rock that meditation however you’re feeling it.

Excuse 4: I’m not some meditation guru and don’t know where to start. You don’t need any credentials or expertise. Just paying attention to your breathing is a great place to start. If you want a more structured experience, there are tons of videos on YouTube and apps to help guide the way. Some great apps out there include Headspace, Omvana, Take a Break, and many more.

Excuse 5: I don’t have a quiet place to meditate. Okay, so it is definitely easier to meditate in a place where you can have a relatively distraction-free environment. But you can meditate anywhere. Stressful, noisy environments may make it harder, but that’s sometimes where you need meditation the most.

Excuse 6: I’m always doing stuff and can’t focus on just meditation. Then you, my friend, are a prime candidate for practicing mindfulness during your daily activities. That’s right -- you can actually meditate while walking, cooking dinner, washing dishes, breastfeeding, and many other tasks. In fact, this is a great way to integrate mindfulness into the rest of your life.

Excuse 7: I get distracted too easily to meditate. Join the club. And it’s no wonder with everything constantly competing for our attention -- our families, friends, coworkers, digital devices, social networks, Netflix queues, and so on. Distraction is totally natural in life and in meditation. But meditation is here to help. Meditating lets us practice letting those distractions go so we can be more present and mindful.

Excuse 8: I’ll look weird if I meditate. First, no one needs to know you’re meditating -- you can do it in any position (see #3 above), in any place (see #5), and even while doing other things (see #6). Second, we can totally picture you meditating, and we think you’ll look like a super sexy Zen master. Third, who cares? It’s all about how it will make you feel, and meditating lets you have me-time anytime. And that’s all the reason you need.

Hopefully you can overcome your excuses and start getting the benefits of meditation in your life.


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