The Five Things Keeping You From Meditating

Whether it’s starting a practice or sticking with it, this will help

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Meditation takes work, and there are often things that get in the way. These things can interrupt you during your practice, and they can also keep you from starting at all.

Whether you are a Buddhist or not, we all can agree that the Buddha had some excellent advice for meditation, and most of what you hear these days about mindfulness or meditation came from him. One lesser-known lesson was about the things that may negatively impact your practice. He called them the Five Hindrances. And even though some of the language is a bit formal and weird, I’m going to break that lesson down for you and you’ll see that it’s still very relevant.

Even though it was thousands of years ago that he gave us these teachings, people really haven’t changed much. Human nature is what it is! The good news is that he also gave some advice for overcoming these blocks. So, what are the five things that can stop your meditation practice in its tracks?

Those are the five blocks to meditation. No matter what you are experiencing during meditation, or how your mind is keeping you from practice, it will fall into one of these categories. If you are struggling right now with your practice, take a moment to think about how, and figure out which hindrance is blocking you.

Being able to identify the hindrance is sometimes enough for us to overcome it.

For each of these hindrances, there are different things prescribed. Each one has a particular way it’s dealt with. If you find yourself struggling with any of these, read on to see how to deal with it.

So, there you have it, simple yet thorough advice. Being able to identify the hindrance is sometimes enough for us to overcome it. But other times we will have to apply some work. That is ok, this is a practice, which means of course that sometimes it feels like work.

This is an excerpt from my free course: The 31-day Meditation Challenge. In that course, you get a newly recorded meditation each week, and lessons every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The meditations build on each other and the lessons will help you with everything from creating a meditation space, giving you book and app recommendations, and more. This is a great course for beginners but also a good one if you’ve fallen out of habit.

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