Why is it so hard to Meditate?


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Many who try to meditate find it extremely difficult, a space filled with thoughts, judgments, distractions and emotions.
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When I began meditating, the specific focus needed to let thoughts go and empty the mind, felt strange to me
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Focusing on a baseball coming at you at a 100 mph, picking up the rotation of the ball, regulating hand eye coordination, must happen in milliseconds. The mind is focused on a goal, on accomplishment (hitting the ball).
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I learned to hit a baseball by going to a hitting cage, practicing three or four hours each day. As with concert pianists, great athletes, creative writers or avid gardeners, we practice until it is ingrained in our bodies, till it becomes habitual, beyond cognition.

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Focusing on the breath is different in duration, intensity. There are no goals, nothing to accomplish. The mind wants to go fast, to handle complex thoughts and to ruminate.
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We are training our mind to slow down, to let go, to empty itself of thoughts and to focus into the minutia of each inhale, each exhale and each pause.
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A deeper, calmer, more intense focus, a determined concentration is needed to meditate. Solidify the habit of doing nothing while intently focused.
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Practice meditating for shorter more intense sessions, three or five minute sits. Take a break, breathe and meditate for three more short periods.

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This model below will help you focus and make it easier to let go, to empty the mind.

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