Meditation requires us to sit still for 20 minutes or so doing and thinking nothing. Hitting the pause button, sitting perfectly still, with no thought or action, it seems, is not for everybody.
Some people say they find meditation boring, or at least they sometimes find it boring, such as when they feel they’ve got something “better” to do, perhaps are itching to engage in an activity that’s more “exciting.” Meditation may seem to be a spoilsport… why waste time sitting and doing nothing when you could be doing this eagerly anticipated activity?
What about the thrill-seekers and novelty-seekers, people who are generally wired to seek excitement at every turn… are they poor meditation candidates?
And then there are those who’ve never tried meditation and can’t imagine slowing down to “sit and think about nothing” for 20 minutes. Because the prospect of meditation seems boring, they keep postponing it.
Most people meditate to reduce and eliminate thoughts, and in doing so, reap the mental, physical and spiritual benefits that meditation has to offer. After all, it’s easier to take a timeout to meditate when we’re stressed, grappling with problems, and experiencing some sort of emotional turbulence. In fact, in stressful times, we may even feel a gravitational pull toward meditation. When we feel fear, anxiety or any other form of emotional pain, it’s human nature to seek balm for that pain.
But are you equally motivated to meditate when you’re not stressed… when you’re feeling generally content and satisfied… when you don’t feel a driving need to improve yourself? Is there an inner voice questioning: Why meditate when things are going so great?
If you’re someone who has reaped valuable rewards from meditation yet often still have trouble sticking to a meditation routine, it may help to understand why, when you’re struggling to convince yourself to meditate, the prospect that meditation may bore you overpowers your innate understanding that meditation offers you valuable benefits.
If you think meditation is boring or unnecessary but are open to experimenting with it, here are a few suggestions that may help you get the most bang for your buck…
Your overall experience and outcomes matter most.
Meditation is not the super-speedy silver bullet that people think it is or want it to be. It’s a state of higher consciousness that comes with many and diverse benefits that operate on you over time at a pace that’s difficult to control. Ultimately, the positive outcomes you experience should be the deciding factor as to whether meditation is right for you.
Consider meditation as a solution only for the long haul.
While many people like to use meditation for short-term benefits such as quick stress relief, the true power of meditation lies in its long-term benefits. Once you practice for a while, you’ll discover that the range of benefits and the holistic impact of meditation on health and well-being is astounding. But this is generally only true when you practice it regularly and build upon your progress week after week. It’s a long-term journey, rather than a destination.
You should be able to enjoy meditation.
It may not be best to consider meditation when you’re too occupied with a life crisis, unless you feel you have no other choice — that is, you feel that you can use meditation’s help to cope. Generally, sustainable meditation is meant to be a lifestyle and a habit you cultivate. It’s important that you enjoy your meditation sessions. Merely reading about the many benefits it can produce and trying it just because someone used you to probably won’t produce the results you’re looking for. That’s because true meditation results only when you seek, desire and try to achieve this state of higher consciousness with a completely open mind.
Attending our online meditation sessions is a sure way find that sweet spot when you begin to enjoy your meditation.
Try thinking of meditation as a free insurance policy.
If you find meditation boring today, try to think of it as insurance against serious problems in life that often seem to occur all at the same time. For example, when we have a serious health problem, we’re likely to find it more difficult to deal with our emotions, and our relationships may be sorely tested. Our productivity at work may falter. Unexpected medical expenses may drain our bank accounts. Meditation just might be that free insurance policy that enables a quicker recovery and boosts your resilience when you need it most.
Explore using meditation for higher purpose.
If the thought of spending 20 minutes calming yourself and being mindful bores you, maybe you’re someone who is wired toward discovering much deeper meaning and purpose in your life. Don’t allow a particular form of meditation that may be too shallow or narrow in its objectives undermine what the right form of meditation can really do for you. So many people have had life-transforming epiphanies and discovered the greatest truths in life when they allowed themselves to pause, take a moment for themselves, and experience the true higher reaches of consciousness through meditation.
Meditation can produce a smarter you — You 2.0.
Everyone thinks that meditation is supposed to transform a “bad,” suffering, or problematic version of themselves into a “good” version of themselves. But that need not be the case. Imagine, instead, a smarter version of you — a more productive, communicative and friendlier version of yourself that meditation can definitely produce. Relatively fewer people explore meditation primarily for character and personality improvements or just to create a better version of themselves. A Sahaja meditation practice allows you to set an infinite number of specific, custom-tailored goals, monitor your progress and make adjustments as necessary. It’s an intriguing process that just might keep those who are prone to boredom with meditation engaged.