I Cannot Meditate. I have Tried

It is very common to hear frustrated statements about meditation such as:

I cannot meditate.

Meditation sucks.

Meditation is not for me.

It is too hard to meditate.

It doesn’t work.

If you are one of them then I may have a solution for you. The most common reason to hate meditation is due to not choosing the right type of meditation for you. There is no fit for everyone. This is true in meditation as well. There are various types of meditation. Following are the most common ones. Have a read and see which type “sounds” good for you. 

TYPES OF MEDITATION

Meditation is more than what you see in martial arts movies or your typical self-help books. As a tradition practiced in countries worldwide, it’s safe to say that man has embraced this culture as a means to create a sense of harmony and inner peace.

This section of the article will focus on the various forms of Meditation, so if you’re looking to widen your scope about mediation, keep reading further.

There are a lot of misunderstandings about Meditation due to its links to different religions and cultures. Some find it meaningless and a waste of time, some see it as a method of therapy. In contrast, others see Meditation as an avenue to find awareness and interacting with one’s personality.

People come up with crazy theories about Meditation simply because they lack patience. Like every serious activity here on earth, Meditation can be learned and developed with just the right number of tools like audiotapes/mp3, a brain-sensing headband, or simple breathing exercises.

Let me not bore you the kinks of mediation now. Here are some types of Meditation and what makes them different from the rest.

Focused Meditation

This is the most popular one. If you’ve tried meditating before, you’ll notice that most times, your mind wanders, and you begin to drift. Focused mediation gives you something to fixate on. In this case, your breath is the object (where your attention is directed), and it anchors your mind, thus maintaining awareness and removing distractions. Your breath is not the only thing you can focus on. You can focus on sounds or a sensation as well.

Transcendental Meditation

For those who still find it hard to focus on an object or sound and think they can’t meditate, transcendental Meditation is the next best thing. It was derived from the ancient Vedic tradition of India by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This form of Meditation usually involves a silent recitation and repetition of a mantra for about 20minutes. 

Transcendental Meditation allows your mind to calm down and be in a quiet state. Even though this method sounds easy, you’ll need the aid of qualified teachers to make the process enjoyable otherwise, you’ll find the experience a little cucu, especially if you’re not the religious type. The learning curve is very short as long as you’re both dedicated.

Movement Meditation

Now, this is not your typical, sit and breathe Meditation. Instead, this form of Meditation makes you move through various positions at a slow pace. In this form of meditation, mindfulness is essential. You’ll begin to take notice of the way certain parts of your body moves; the cracking of stiff joints, the stretching of muscles, the way your feet kiss the cold floor, and everything else you’ve been neglecting about your body.

The goal in this form of Meditation is not your destination but the movement itself. You’re mindful of the things you do and how you do them. Like other forms of Meditation, this takes practice to perfect, and there are different methods to achieving the same purpose. One thing must be constant, though. It would help if you moved at a slow pace and have to be mindful of what you’re doing.

Mantra Meditation

This is a simple type of Meditation, and it can take you just about 20minutes to complete. You can select your favorite word, prayer, phrase, or poem and repeat it continuously while sitting perfectly still.

In this form of Meditation, you’re to avoid any words or phrases that will trigger bad thoughts or memories. You’re free to spend as much time as you want as long as you remain comfortable.

Loving-Kindness Meditation

This is recommended for people who are going through a tough time. When someone is about to explode in rage, meditations like this remind the person of their beautiful traits, which helps them expel any toxic feeling that’s manifesting inside them at that time.

Visualization Meditation

if you’re a go-getter, this form of Meditation is just right for you. With the use of positive images, symbols, or written affirmations in mediations, your mind can be made calm as long as your body is in a relaxed state. Meditation comes with a few benefits, like a memory boost and the ability to solve problems creatively.

Progressive Relaxation

This is a method of relieving stress which involves tensing and relaxation of your muscles. The two-way process is highly recommended for people with anxiety difficulties. Constant practice allows you to differentiate between a tense muscle and a relaxed one.

Mindfulness Meditation

In this type, you are going to live in the present moment, be aware of your thoughts and “watch” them without any judgment. Mindfulness meditation is one of the most practical type of meditation for busy people. As you may have noticed, this website is all about mindfulness meditation. Perhaps you may want to read the article Does Mindfulness Meditation Really Work?

So which type “sounds” a good fit for you? Do you still think you cannot meditate? My suggestion is to pick the most suitable type for you and explore more of that type of meditation.