Here is one of my favorite stories from Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors:
A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it.” The teacher’s reply was casual, “Ten years.” Impatiently, the student answered, “But I want to master it faster than that. I will work very hard. I will practice everyday, ten or more hours a day if I have to. How long will it take then?” The teacher thought for a moment, “20 years.”
Many of my meditation workshop participants ask for help with the following problems in their meditation practice. I think about the story above because many of the students have come up with creative ways to deal with these challenges. It is not about working hard on meditation but going with the flow with your challenges.
Wandering Mind And Focus
I look forward to hearing about your challenges in meditation and how you overcame them.Do not expect to become a meditation expert in a few sittings but you should be able to relax within 1-2 meditation session. I teach three techniques – focus on breathing, happy place meditation and loving kindness meditation. There are number of other meditation techniques. Check out books, CDs and DVDs from your public library. If you are open, you will definitely find a technique that works best for you.
Is finding time to meditate challenging? Read my article No time for meditation? Here is what you can do…
In spite of my years of meditation practice, there are some days when I can’t relax and enjoy my meditation sessions. To paraphrase a famous saying about fishing “A bad day at meditation is better than a good day with stress”!
I look forward to hearing about your challenges in meditation and how you overcame them.
a guided finger meditation
Engage your senses with soothing music, guided imagery and a labyrinth tracing activity which leverages the power of touch. Click the album cover to learn more.