The act of meditating is not always easy. It can be joyful, and you can have insights, and sometimes there are pleasant physical experiences that accompany it (body rushes or tingles, etc.). But meditation itself is often difficult; it requires effort. It requires some commitment to yourself to keep going with meditation. We’re all so busy these days, how can you find time to fit in yet another activity (or non-activity as the case may be!) every single day?
The tricky part of starting a new practice of meditation is that the newness often wears off after the first day or two — and, because the effects of meditation can be a little subtle at first, you may not have built up a broad foundation that can sustain you and help you stick with it. Once you skip a day, it’s easy to skip the next one (just like going to the gym!), and pretty soon, you’re not doing much meditation at all.
The excellent good news is that it doesn’t take much time at all for meditation to start to make changes in your life — but like I said, it’ can be subtle at first. In a very short period of time you will start to notice that you have more energy at the end of the day, that you’re more alert even during the 2:00 doldrums at work, that you are better able to push through and get an important project done, instead of blowing it off and surfing the Internet. You’ll have more discipline, and patience, and stamina in life. These are some of the tangible benefits that many people report from meditation, and then tend to accrue quite quickly after someone starts meditating every day.
There are an infinitude of other amazing outcomes from meditation as well, and I don’t want to limit your experience by dictating what you will (or will not) have in store for you when you start meditating on a regular basis.
What you will notice, if you’re open to it, is that Life reveals itself in dramatic fashion, and you may be surprised at what’s waiting for you now, in this moment, when you embark on this magical journey!