A lot of folk get jumpy around the idea of meditation.
“What if I fall asleep?”
“I tried and I kept zoning out.”
Good – these are all wonderful things to experience.
So many people think they should just sit in lotus position and experience waves of bliss, release, love and acceptance.
I’m not saying you can’t do exactly that, and more.
Meditate for long enough and it feels like waves of pain, boredom, tension and anger.
That’s assuming you even get that far – past the, you know, falling asleep and zoning out.
Like I say, it’s great to experience these things.
I’m not saying they’re the point of meditation, any more than the point of lifting weights is to feel a burning in your arms and chest. That’s not the goal and you don’t chase the burn for its own sake.
But if you’re lifting weights and you don’t feel the burn?
Well, you should ask yourself some questions about what you’re doing.
It’s the same with meditation. These feelings aren’t pleasant and they’re not the goal, but they are signs you’re doing it right.
The other day, I had a blissful trance session. It was like sinking into a pool of loving light.
It stood out because it more often feels like flames of sadness and rage eating away at my mind.
Either way, I walk away feeling better. Again, it’s like the gym. It might hurt in the moment, or it might be one great big endorphin high. Either way, you can’t beat the afterglow.
Going back to the more common experience of zoning out. It’ll happen – probably a lot.
When it does, you gently guide your attention back to the task.
That’s the exercise – the part that makes you stronger.
So do it, fail and keep going.
Every time you do, you become stronger.
The same applies with self-hypnosis and other mind training disciplines. If you want swole thoughts and an Insta-worthy brain, check out this training regimen: