I wish I could tell you that you can master any meditation technique in 24 hours, or in 21 days. But that’ll be a lie.
It’s easy to start with meditation, but hard to gain mastery in it. It takes years to clear your doubts and gain useful insights about yourself.
I have practiced meditation for seven years, and yet there are so many things I still have to learn. If you’ve just started with meditation, or yet to start, keep in mind that it’ll take you at least a few years to gain deeper insights.
What you need, more than anything else, is to be patient during this time.
Go slow. Don’t rush. Take your time.
If you rush through your meditation, you do exactly the opposite of what it takes to dive deep within. You need patience as much as you need silence in meditation.
And you need to be patient in the long-term as well as with your daily practice.
When you sit down to meditate every day, your mind won’t instantly become quiet. It takes time to quieten your mind. And you have to be patient till then. With more and more practice, this time between when you decide to quieten your mind and when it actually quietens will decrease.
But you have to be patient and not force yourself to quieten your mind. If you force your mind, you may even stress it and your mind may feel uneasy and anxious instead of calm and relaxed.
While practicing meditation, if you feel overwhelmed with your thoughts, go, take a break, take a few deep breaths, or go for a walk, and then come back and try to meditate again.
You don’t have to force meditation. Meditation is a state that comes naturally, but only if you allow it to do so.
And, meditation is not something you invent, it’s something you discover. And it’s the process of discovering yourself little by little. It takes time to peel the outer layers of the mind which is full of superficial thoughts, and go deep into the depths of your mind to see what it’s really made of.
The more you try to speed up your meditation practice, the more behind you fall.
Be patient with yourself. Be patient with the books you read on meditation. I have read books on meditation that took me months to practice and fully understand. Sometimes, I’ve spent days meditating on a single sentence.
And at times, I felt disappointed when I didn’t learn anything new for days or weeks together. But then suddenly I came across thoughts, or I had insights, that made everything crystal clear to me.
What I want to tell you is that such moments happen. You have a doubt with your meditation and you fail to get the answer from any master or book. And then, suddenly, you find the answer when you have lost all hope to find it.
Every meditator experiences such moments. Meditators before us felt such moments, and meditators after us will feel such moments. And you, too, will come across such moments in your meditation when your patience and practice pays off in multiple ways.
Whenever you find yourself getting anxious about the results of your meditation practice, you only have to remind yourself to be patient with your practice, and keep meditating every day.
And one day, your patience will be rewarded. I promise.
Thank you for your time.