What do you do when you can’t meditate?
As I continue my challenge of daily meditation, some days are awesome. I get into a peaceful tranquil zone. I’m calm and centered.
Some days suck. I fidget, scratch itches, adjust my seating. I can’t just sit still. Not even after several minutes.
What do you do on these days? Here are some solutions I’ve come up with:
- Maybe my body is just telling it needs to release some energy. I normally practice breathe meditation, but I can try some dynamic meditation a la Elliot Hulse. (video here)
- Another option is to practice acceptance. Accept that I feel a bit off or jittery, but allow myself to feel that and sit still anyway.
- I can call it a miss and come back later in the day. One plus of having my accountability systems set up is that there’s a pretty solid chance I’ll get back around to it.
Of these three options, I prefer the first two. In fact, I think that practicing acceptance and sitting it out is generally good for me. (And for the most part if I stick it out I’ll slip into a more meditative state after 5 or 10 minutes anyway.)
What say you? What do you do when your meditation just isn’t taking?
If you enjoyed this post your probably enjoy my posts on Meditation and Connecting with Your Core Self and Accountability Systems.