By Rolf Brandrud
Most who learn Acem Meditation find it a positive experience. The method is easy to learn, simple to practice and gives us benefits such as relaxation, increased energy, and greater bodily well-being. This is the case not only for those who continue to meditate regularly but also for those who do not continue their practice. Why do they stop meditating? They often simply state that they «just didn’t do it anymore».
Ceasing to do something that is good for us is something we may do not only with meditation, but also with many other activities we experience as positive, for example, physical exercise, losing weight, learning a new language, or trying out new challenges at work or in private relationships. Despite having the motivation, many simply do not pursue a further practice of regular meditation beyond the first weeks or months.
We may want to, but somehow are unable to manage – without knowing why. Experience shows that there are three challenges that particularly may make us stumble: Giving sufficient priority to meditation, tolerating discomfort during the process, and tolerating the burden of low self-esteem.
«Don’t you have any 30-second meditations to offer?»
The question came up during a course at a PR agency in New York City. The main office in the agency is lively – two large, open office landscapes with 1000 employees who commute to work over long distances, have strict deadlines, and often have high ambitions, for example about winning the world’s highest PR awards. In this stressful environment, there may be great benefits to be gained from a meditation practice – if one manages to find the time. The challenge is to integrate meditation routines into an already busy day. The dilemma is easy to recognize. How can it be solved?
«Why do I meditate? Because I am so busy that I don’t have time not to »
The statement is from a meditator who maintains a regular meditation practice. What is most important, he claims, is not how many hours one works on a project, but how alert and awake you are while you are working. Tired minds make work burdensome, while alert minds find better solutions more easily. The half hours of meditation may, therefore, be timesaving!
«If it has to be like this, I don’t care to do it»
It usually feels good to meditate. We relax, feel more awake afterward, and may continue our activities refreshed. But it isn’t always like this. At times it feels like time passes more slowly, we become restless and we may also get bored. The temptation may then become strong to clench our teeth and fight to get rid of the discomfort. Or – when we don’t succeed with that –give up. «We didn’t learn meditation in order to get bored!»
However, here it is easy to miss something important. In a scientific study, a group of meditators was asked how they felt about their meditation. Was it good or not? During meditation, the changes in their
Title: We know meditation is good for us, but still we don’t do it
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Published Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2020 20:47:55 +0000