Overcome one meditation struggle to increase productivity

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Meditation requires a consistent effort to keep training your mind to sit and practice every day. I find that frequently people struggle to sit daily. Many obstacles can interfere with sustaining a meditation practice, like logistics, planning, and guidance that are required to begin. But there is one crucial aspect that influences people and stops them from practicing meditation that is rarely talk about, positivity.

What about positivity and meditation?

Positivity is not about the Law of attraction or pretending that everything is great all the time, even if you feel miserable inside. I’m referring to cultivating wellbeing. Today I want to talk to you about the positivity that comes from connecting with energizing emotions.

I’m referring to emotions like love, gratitude, hope, interest, serenity, and joy. These emotions are associated with helping people increase productivity and creativity. Positivity involves having the intention to create and nurture more experiences in your life that are positive and raise your energy. But also, this positivity consists of accepting and dealing with incidents that do not feel so positive but long term they will.

Positivity can be anything that keeps you connected to positive emotions. To maintain and sustain mental wellness, we all need to cultivate more positive emotions than negative ones. If you experience in your day more anxiety, fear, frustration, or anger than positive emotions, you will stay longer in a negative state of mind.

Negative emotions and meditation

For many people sitting in meditation can feel dull, tedious, uncomfortable, frustrating, and unproductive. Staying quiet and observing the craziness of your mind can feel extremely unpleasant.

Meditating can also trigger negative emotions, like boredom, frustration, and anxiety. If you connect with this type of scenario and experienced these emotions when you sit to meditate, you are not alone.

It is prevalent for people to feel frustrated when they meditate. Most people think that this is counterproductive if they feel bored with meditation. For beginner meditators and experienced, meditation can feel unpleasant at times.

If you believe that meditation is about having a calming experience, I want to ask you to reconsider your position. Like you, I also experience times that my mind feels busy and should stop and do something more productive.

Hold on to hope

There is one thing that keeps me from getting up from my chair. This one thing is rooted in my firm belief that meditation works, even when it feels that it is not. I stay on my chair or cushion because I have hope. Hope feeds my positivity and keeps me glued to my seat.

From hundreds of studies, research, and my years of practice, I know that meditation works. My perception of my meditation being productive or not; it does not matter. Results have been shown in many trials, groups, and countries with so many variants that we know that the evidence points out that it changes the brain. It changes your brain and how your central nervous system works. It changes your biology and improves well being.

If you are struggling to stay consistent in your practice, I want you to consider focusing on positivity and bringing your attention to hope. You deserve to have more mental balance, calmness, and resilience, but you have to work for it.

You have to believe that you can change, your brain and your mental health can improve. It doesn’t matter how you feel when you meditate. If you feel sad, stressed, angry, hopeless, or unmotivated, you have to sit to make the changes happen.

Meditation came to my life when I was feeling frustrated, stressed, unproductive, and physically unwell. I was doubtful and skeptical if it was going to do anything for my wellbeing. In the beginning, I felt that I was doing it wrong, and my meditation was flawed. At that time, I kept saying to myself, “please be patient with meditation and give it time”. I motivated myself by staying hopeful and believing that it will also work for me if it works for others.

I’m so happy that I stuck with it. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. If you feel like your meditation is not working, ignore what your mind. Do not listen to that critical voice and hold on to hope.

Keep your mind focused on your wellness goal. Begin with a short and simple meditation. Stay with your practice, and it will deliver. Set your mind into positivity mode, connect with hopeful thoughts, and believe that you can make it happen. Your life can change for the better; you must welcome change and embrace it.

One quote

Humans don’t; change until they deal with difficulties and adversity.

Eckhart TolleOne

One question

How hopeful are you about your meditation practice?

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