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Meditate even when you don’t feel like it

If your mind is off on some trip somewhere and you aren’t feeling so good, it’s a good time to meditate. Yet this can seem a hard one if you don’t feel like that either. Yet many seasoned meditators will say that this is exactly where meditation can be so beneficial.

Let’s take the example of feeling dissatisfied or discontented about something. Somehow the problem keeps hanging around in your mind and you don’t seem able to let it go or change how you feel. The fear might be that if you go and meditate with this going on, you’ll just have a “bad meditation” or “won’t be able to meditate”.

Of course there can be a bit of victimhood with the problem, where we feel sorry for ourselves, “at the effect of the problem”, like “it” has got hold of “us”. So we separate ourselves from the problem and make “it” the cause” of our woes. With meditation, we make contact with our Oneness, our essence of Being, and us and the problem are at some level one. At that level, what can be the problem if you are fully surrendered to the One? Here we can potentially see that we are creating our problem and we can dissolve it.

There is a limiting belief that we “can’t meditate”, that when we’re in the middle of a problem “it” will get in the way. Yet meditation is what happens when we sit with the intention to meditate. Sitting still, going within, and being present with our Selves, warts and all, can include everything, including noise, distraction and busy, unhappy minds. In meditation we work with acceptance, which includes accepting whatever is going on, being mindful of it and returning our awareness to the breath – and a mantra if you use one. Being still, aware and present in this way enables the problem to just be there, with us mindful of it, the observer of it, as a witness, and return our awareness to our breath, etc. What can happen in meditation is that we loosen our attachment to the “problem”, which then becomes yet another manifestation of consciousness in its contracted, egoic state, which over and over we let go of as we meditate. Then your state can become inner stillness of Being, consciousness in its true state.

Over and  over we learn how we can let go of these things and they no longer exist as a reality, except as we choose to make it one. Thus going to meditate when you don’t feel like it, when your mind is caught up in stuff that you’re not happy about, is a perfect time to re-mind yourself of what it’s really all about.

You can download an mp3 of guidelines for meditation and 2 guided introductions to meditation to help you develop your practice of meditation. Click here.