Mindfulness Requires Persistence
People sometimes get confused with the idea of ‘distracting thoughts’ when practicing mindfulness. If you have ever thought ‘this is a bad meditation’ because your mind is continuously wandering… then this tip is definitely for you.
It is not unusual to get frustrated with your own thoughts or emotions while meditating or practicing mindfulness – it happens to all of us as some point! If you catch yourself blaming something external (i.e. someone making a noise you dont like) check your own thoughts. Remember only you are in control of your mind – nothing or no one external can control your reaction – the frustration sits within you.
Instead of abandoning your meditation, aim to sit for five more minutes in silence. There is no need for a timer, instead just make a strong intention to continue.
Simply take two deep breathes and say to your mind ‘lets begin again’. Remember to be gentle, as the stronger you fight against your mind the more resistant it will become. Patience is the key to maintaining a balanced mind.
Remembering that the frustration is within and then purely making the intention to sit for five more minutes gives you the power to continue. Dedicate this time to strengthening your mind.
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. Elbert Hubbard