Overcoming Common Problems with Mindfulness Meditation - dummies

Overcoming Common Problems with Mindfulness Meditation

By Shamash Alidina, Joelle Jane Marshall

Part of Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Here are the three most common issues or problems some people have with doing mindfulness meditation, and some tips and suggestions for overcoming them successfully.

  • I can’t do meditation. When people say this, they normally mean they can’t focus. But if you can’t focus yet, mindfulness meditation is one of the best ways to develop that focus! It’s completely normal for your mind to wander off when you’re meditating. However, as soon as you’ve noticed, bring your focus back to the object of attention specified in the meditation (often your breath). Each time you do so, you’re training your mind to be more focused in the future. Remember, you can’t fail at meditation. As long as you try, you’ve succeeded.

  • I can’t sit still for half an hour. Some meditations require you to be relatively still for half an hour, but many don’t require this at all. You do the body scan meditation lying down. And mindful yoga, walking or tai chi is meditation in movement. The three-minute mindfulness exercise is a great practice to do daily.

  • I just don’t have the time. Life is busy. Everything and everyone seems to want a chunk of your time. But you can do mindfulness meditation at any time. You can wash the dishes mindfully, you can walk your dog mindfully or you can even have a mindful shower. So that takes no time at all out of your busy day. And if some of the busiest people in the world can find time to stop and meditate, even if it’s only five minutes, you probably can too.