I can’t meditate because my mind won’t stop thinking.
Me too. That was what I believed about myself until I learned vedic meditation. I hear this comment more than any other, when people find out I meditate, and teach meditation. And I agree.
As someone who tried many different types of meditation before coming to vedic meditation, I can attest to this statement. Meditation can be difficult in the beginning, and require a lot of effort and concentration with certain techniques. What I say is this – experiment. Try different techniques and figure out what suits you and works for you.
Chances are, you buy coffee from the same cafe each morning, catch the bus at the same time everyday, walk the same route to work daily. Day in day out, week after week, and pretty soon, you find yourself wondering “Where has the year gone?” Days start to feel the same – stressful, exhausting, and not a lot of fun. Is this what life is about? Is this all there is?
Once our systems reach their threshold and begin to overload – the mind, body and our nervous system begins to strain, and we start experiencing friction and disharmony. It starts off as a small, niggling feeling of discomfort, irritability or just not feeling 100%. To compensate or distract ourselves from the discomfort, we find ways to cope – excessive drinking, overeating, obsessive gym exercise, recreational drugs, shopping ’til you drop and so on.
And the thing is, we will feel good. We will experience temporary “relief” from the discomfort, but these activities, when used in this manner over a period of time, will ultimately create greater amounts of stress, tension and fatigue. If we continue to live this way, eventually we find that we get less and less comfort from our coping activities.
On the surface, everything looks good – we are ticking the boxes √. But we know it is not, we can feel it. We begin to realise that we will never experience true fulfillment or happiness from these things. Instead of looking outside ourselves, we start to look inwards.
And this is when we begin to meditate.