The right mindset will save you work and frustration
Learning to meditate is a lot like learning to walk. The average baby attempts walking countless times before succeeding, and even once the baby “succeeds,” he or she still has years to go before mastering the art of foot travel.
In order to have a smooth transition to a lifestyle of meditation,
you should view meditation practice much as you viewed walking when you were a baby.
- It will take you months to learn meditation and years to “master” it (if one can ever quite master it). So don’t get frustrated when you don’t get quick results.
- The payoff you’ll get from learning it makes the investment a “no-brainer.” It will be worth it.
Let’s take a little deeper look into both of these key recognitions about meditation.
It will take you months or years to “master” meditation
I’ll get this out into the open right away: you will not be able to meditate the first time you try it.
Or the second.
Or the third.
Or the fourth.
Or the fifth.
In other words, you won’t feel anything special the first several times you try to meditate. You won’t be able to calm your mind. You won’t be able to calm your emotions. In fact, you may get terribly frustrated if you expect something cool to happen.
But just as a child is completely unfazed by failed attempts at walking, dust yourself off and try again at your next opportunity. Go completely easy on yourself. Enter the process playfully, without any set expectations. View meditation as an experience you want to have, but that you’re not worried about “achieving” within any certain time frame.
When it comes to persistence and mindset, be like a child. If you feel like you’re consistently failing at meditation, get up and try again. You’ll learn. Remember that once a baby starts walking, their skill and agility rapidly accelerates. Once you get a foothold on meditation, your ability to meditate will quickly increase.
The payoff you’ll get from learning meditation makes the investment a “no-brainer”
Even though it took you months to start walking, I’m sure you have absolutely no regrets you learned it. Meditation is the same way. You will not regret learning to meditate. I guarantee it. In fact, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
The ability to walk and be mobile is an incredible gift. Just as walking is a monumental achievement in a child’s life that sets her up for a lifetime of empowered travel, so meditation is a monumental spiritual skill that empowers you to mould and shape your mind in massive ways. With meditation, you literally learn the skill of mental rewiring, accelerated learning, spiritual connection, emotional clarity, inner peace, interpersonal harmony, and more.
Just as walking is much faster and more efficient than crawling, so learning to meditate accelerates your ability for personal growth and evolution. And just as the long effort required to learn to walk is well worth it in the long run, so learning to meditate is well worth your every effort. Meditation, once learned, becomes second nature. As you learn it, you can enter a meditative state quite easily, thus permeating and improving every aspect of your life. Developing a new emotional pattern or thought pattern becomes just as easy as getting up and walking across the room…