I remember a time, more than seven years ago, when I used to sit for meditation and found it hard to focus my mind on my breath.
The moment I closed my eyes, I got bombarded with tons of thoughts, each trying to pull me away from my meditation practice. Then, I wondered if I would ever be able to get rid of my thoughts and go into deeper states of meditation.
If you are new to meditation, then there is no doubt that you, too, find it hard to focus your attention on your object of meditation. Whether your object of meditation is your breathe, or a thought, or some mantra, the basic enemy is still the same – your own thoughts in your mind. And to overcome this enemy you have to become stronger than it, and the only way you can gain power over your thoughts is by practicing more and more meditation.
But I didn’t knew all this then.
Now I wish someone had told me this simple truth about meditation that, the more you meditate, the easier it becomes, and it’s only a matter of time before you begin to gain mastery in meditation.
Though this sounds like a simple advice, yet I see many people who limit their meditation practice to only 5 to 10 minutes a day. But that’s not how you gain mastery in meditation and gain deeper understanding about yourself.
Just like any other craft or pursuit, meditation, too, requires tons of practice to become good at. If you meditate only for two minutes a day and then expect to gain mastery in it, you only delude yourself. It takes years of practice, and the will to meditate for at least 30-60 minutes at a stretch in order to become good at it and gain inner mastery.
If you are a beginner in meditation, then there is nothing wrong with practicing meditation for only 5-15 minutes a day. But one day you will have to increase this time if you want to dive deeper into meditation. Only then will you move from a beginner to advanced stages of meditation. And this will require you to meditate more and more.
Just like every other meditator, I, too, started by practicing meditation for few minutes a day. But then I increased this time gradually, starting from few minutes a day to few hours a day, and even stretching that to several hours in one sitting.
And that’s why, now when I sit to meditate I can easily silence my thoughts, and ignore them even when they do pop up in my mind. By practicing meditation for so many years, I can now focus on my meditation practice any time of the day I want, even when there is chaos all around me.
I don’t say this to brag but only to show you that it’s possible for you, too, to advance in your meditation practice and make it easier and easier with each day.
So, whether you are yet to begin your meditation practice, or whether you are stuck in your practice and don’t seem to make any progress, the only advice I can give you now is to be patient and continue with your practice. With time and enough practice behind you, meditation will become easier and you will find it easy to meditate whenever you want and wherever you want.
When you are new to meditation you will face several obstacles that will stop you from focusing on your meditation practice. And during such times the temptation to quit your meditation practice is very strong. If instead, you continue with your practice and try to meditate as often as you can, you will overcome all your obstacles, one after another, and keep moving ahead in your meditative path.
Though there was no one to guide me, I am there for you, and based on my own experience I can guarantee you that the more you practice your meditation, the easier it becomes.
And remember, if you are stuck at any specific point in your meditation, I am always ready to help you, just let me know your problem.
Thank you for your time. I hope after reading this you start practicing more and more meditation.