When we think about meditation and approach doing it we want to be careful about how we approach. To be mindful of our purpose and intent helps us get off to a good start when we practice.
When we do meditate, seeking peace within us, it’s best to have an even manner so we can proceed in good measure.
This is best accomplished by avoiding the obstacles to meditation.
What Are the Obstacles to Meditation?
Meditation is a good focus and has a world full of wonder available if we proceed correctly. So we might ask:
How do we proceed correctly?
Actually caring and giving time and thought to our approach to meditation can set us up for a good time and ‘smooth sailing.’ Being thoughtful about how to proceed is a great trait and can turn out to be a virtue for us.
Avoiding the obstacles to meditation should be high on our list when we sit down to meditate so let’s look at some of these obstacles. By following the teaching and understanding what is right will help us get nicely on our way.
7 Obstacles to Meditation:
- being sceptical
- being too busy
- making hasty judgements
- having little knowledge or wrong knowledge
- having wrong behavior (not being mindful)
- trading good for bad
- being forgetful of our purpose
Being sceptical – When we meditate we want to have a fresh approach and also we want to have an eye for beauty. When we are mindful and attentive we can pay attention and the chance for good experience can be immediately available for us.
If we don’t start good then we can fall behind and forget that beauty might be very near. An example of this would be by being sceptical.
Sceptical is like an over-caution that is best left behind. If we can see clearly and have positive experience then the idea of sceptical can fall away. It is a hindrance, like doubt, so as we get to feel good and trust the ‘flow of meditation’ then it is possible to leave sceptical behind.
Being too busy – Finding time to meditate and actually getting there to sit is very positive and then we are set for a good experience. However, just arranging the event and appearing to be ready does not really suffice for correct meditation.
Besides being there for our practice we have to put in the time to get the experience.
You can’t see the beauty if you don’t put in the time
When we know that the beauty is there then putting aside time to meditate is a good choice for us. This proves wise as we learn & grow through practice.
Sometimes people think they are too busy to meditate or they only have a short time so this would only deliver a modest reward.
To get the good stuff we have to be ready and available for our meditation.
Though it might take time it usually proves worth it because so many people love meditation.
Making hasty judgements – Along with being too busy is the problem of making hasty judgements. When we meditate we want a fresh view and to give things a chance to grow, mature, develop and manifest so we can really see what things are. With clear seeing we can make good decisions.
Making hasty judgements is just what it says it is, hasty. By being calm & centered we can proceed correctly and arrive at each moment in a timely way.
Not being mindful is a mistake we should avoid. Being considerate and allowing things to play out is us seeing the fruition of what is and comes to be.
Having little knowledge or wrong knowledge – When we meditate it is good to be attentive and try to proceed correctly. If we stick to the path and steer clear of obstacles then we have the chance to come out ok.
One of the biggest pitfalls in meditation is not seeing right or making an
error. Hasty decisions or poor judgement could lead us to ‘winding up in the ditch.’
Having little knowledge or wrong knowledge is erroneous because we really want clear seeing or right view. When we see clearly, correctly, then we can succeed in meditation and proceed in good measure. Making wrong decisions can sidetrack us from the truth and glory that are available to us.
- Avoiding Duality
An example of making a poor choice is falling victim to duality or the pairs of opposites. Thinking that things are two-fold is much more difficult than beholding unity. Simple minded is not the fault of the good meditator.
Having wrong behavior (not being mindful) – When we meditate we choose to enter the realm of the holy. Usually we know that meditation is a holy undertaking.
Being holy the meditation realm calls for a certain degree of formality. This is like being reverent of the holy.
Not being respectful of the holy in meditation is a definite error and usually winds us up in not seeing clearly. If we want to get to the goal then we have to proceed correctly which is mindfully.
A particular example of poor or wrong behavior is the idea of fooling around. We really should try to avoid fooling around in meditation if we truly want to get somewhere.
We should take meditation seriously because there is much to gain and we are not certain that we have forever. Proceeding mindfully and correctly can help us grow and flourish in the ‘land of good things.‘
Having wrong behavior is an error in judgement so it is not wise. When we are mindful and allow good things to happen then we can realize the ‘good time’ and have a rewarding meditation experience.
Trading good for bad – One thing in meditation that does us no good and really ‘cooks our goose‘ is the idea of trading good for bad. When we give up the good thing then we no longer have it and that just doesn’t feel right.
More than likely the idea of trading good for bad would fall under the term duality, the pairs of opposites.
Duality is when we think something goes along for awhile and then for some reason must go the other way.
Trading good for bad is a poor choice and is something that is best avoided.
The best way to do this is to ‘hold onto the good thing.’
For most of us our parents always told us that trading good for bad was a poor choice. If we follow the wrong thing, mistake correct for wrong or act foolishly, it is an error in judgement so we would fail, at least for this time.
Also remember that when we fail it can be difficult to get back so remember to be mindful in your meditation.
Being forgetful of our purpose – We all know that when we want to meditate it is for feeling good and finding peace. We surely think that everyone loves a good meditation!
Meditating correctly (effectively) usually leads to us growing our meditation skills and developing the knowledge for ‘smooth sailing.’ When we progress we like it more & more so we develop trust and faith in the meditation.
This is our purpose, to see, grow and learn in meditation so we don’t want to forget our purpose.
Being forgetful of our purpose is an obstacle to good meditation so remember your purpose: to see, grow and learn in meditation. If we don’t lose our purpose then we don’t lose what we’ve got which can put us on the ‘path to heaven.’
To follow the teaching can help us not to forget our purpose.
With good teaching and mindful application we can proceed correctly and find the joy of meditation. It is a big help to avoid the 7 obstacles to meditation.
It’s always good to remember that in our meditation we are on a journey which some call the spiritual path. One thing leads to another and as we pay attention we see that we are ‘on our way.’
The obstacles to meditation actually prevent us from being fully present, so in truth they prevent us from doing our duty. We really should remember to:
- be mindful
and stay in touch with the holy that we find when we meditate.
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