A lot has been said about the importance of meditation. But one should know about the common mistakes associated with meditation. Here is the list of ten common meditation mistakes which might be keeping you away from achieving the maximum benefits of the meditation sessions.
Struggling with your thoughts
When you sit to meditate, it is natural to go deep and not focus on thoughts that affect your mind. But more often you will find these thoughts interfering. The more you try to fight and banish them from your mind, the longer they will persist. So it’s best to give up on tugging your mind to “behave” – instead. It would serve you well to just acknowledge these thoughts and you’ll find them slip away from your consciousness.
Keeping a score
When you have just begun with a new activity, it is normal to keep a track of your progress. But, with meditation, it is counterproductive. If you find yourself comparing one session with the previous one remember it will only serve to unsettle you the next time you sit to meditate. It is best to just let it all come naturally, do away with comparisons and simply enjoy the peace and calmness you feel, without giving into the need to quantify it.
The benefits of meditation are manifold but to maximise the benefits, consistency is key. This is because the advantages do not extend only to the time frame where you are deep in concentration, but other areas of your life as well. So, make a schedule and stick to it, for best results.
Do not advocate your practice
Yes, meditating regularly has changed your life and you’re feeling positive, content and calm. You’re also gushing to people at the drop of a hat about how amazing it is and that they too should try it. But if you’re going to “convert” people to this lifestyle, it most probably will have the opposite effect. Instead, focus on your practice, and let your friends and family see the positive changes that have happened. Their curiosity will pique soon enough to make them want to try meditating themselves.
Comparing your sessions
If you’ve had a single or a few meditation sessions that were absolutely great, do not hold them as a standard. In doing so, you will subconsciously dismiss the rest of your sessions as “not that great” or not as effective. Thereby causing a hindrance to the fulfilment you would otherwise feel. Instead, treat such sessions as a wonderful happening and continue with your practice without pressuring yourself to replicate the results.
Striving for perfection
Yes, meditation calls for regular practise, in a peaceful environment. But if you steadfastly hold on to these ideas, you are unnecessarily pressuring yourself. It would help if you simply let go of these “ideals” and meditate in a room that may have a few distractions. You’ll find that with time, it will be easier to just tune into your meditation, whether you’re in an ideal environment or not.
One of the biggest benefits of meditation is that it helps to calm the mind. But if you’re the kind to turn it only in situations of turmoil, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. This is because the benefits are more long-term and come with consistency rather than sporadic enthusiasm.
Meditating for specific reasons
If you’re meditating with certain expectations then your sessions may leave you to feel underwhelmed. This is because you’re entering the sessions with set expectations. Thus, if the sessions don’t match up to your expectation then you will be discontinuing the practice. It is best to just enjoy the experience of meditation and accept whatever outcome and benefit you derive from it.