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Exploring the Depths of Meditation: Embracing Discomfort

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

In the pursuit of inner peace and self-awareness, meditation stands as a timeless practice that connects individuals to their true selves. However, those who have embarked on this journey know that it is not always smooth sailing. The quote, "When fidgety in meditation, see if the discomfort is in the body or if the discomfort is in the mind," encapsulates the essence of mindfulness and self-reflection in our meditative endeavors. Join me, Andrew H. Housley, an author, teacher, and host of the podcast No Expectations and Zen bodhisattva, as we delve into the powerful realm of meditation and learn how to strengthen our practice.

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Acknowledging Discomfort Meditation invites us to confront our thoughts, feelings, and sensations with unwavering attention. Inevitably, we may encounter moments of unease and restlessness during our practice. It is during these times that we must not shy away from acknowledging the discomfort. The quote encourages us to introspect, to differentiate between discomfort arising from the physical body and that which originates from the restless mind.

  • Body-Related Discomfort

In this context, body-related discomfort can manifest as aches, stiffness, or physical unease. To address this, it is essential to find a comfortable and stable meditation posture. Experiment with different positions until you find one that supports your spine, alleviates bodily tension, and allows you to stay alert yet relaxed. Remember, comfort is crucial, but too much relaxation might lead to drowsiness, so find a balanced posture that suits you. Additionally, incorporating yoga or exercises into your routine can prepare your body for meditation, making it easier to sit for extended periods without agitation. With time and consistent practice, you will notice the discomfort diminishing, replaced by a newfound sense of ease.

  • Mind-Related Discomfort

The discomfort that originates from the mind can be more challenging to address, as it often arises from our thoughts, emotions, or mental chatter that can be hard to silence. The key here is to observe these thoughts without judgment. Instead of resisting or suppressing them, allow them to come and go like passing clouds in the sky. One effective technique to increase your meditation power is by using the breath as an anchor. Focus on your breath as it moves in and out, returning your attention to it whenever the mind starts to wander. By doing so, you cultivate mental clarity and resilience, enabling you to embrace discomfort with equanimity.

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👉Tips to Enhance Your Meditation Practice

  1. Consistency: Just like any skill, regular practice is vital to strengthening your meditation journey. Set aside a specific time each day to meditate, even if it's just for a few minutes. Gradually increase the duration as you become more comfortable with the practice.

  2. Create a Sacred Space: Designate a tranquil spot for meditation, free from distractions. This space can help signal to your mind that it's time to enter a state of introspection and focus.

  3. Guided Meditation: Consider using guided meditation sessions, especially if you are new to the practice. Andrew H. Housley's podcast, No Expectations, offers insightful sessions that can provide valuable guidance.

  4. Cultivate Patience and Compassion: Be kind to yourself during meditation. Avoid being overly critical of your progress and understand that discomfort is a natural part of the journey. With time and patience, you will find greater ease and presence in your practice.

➡️Go Deeper

Be sure to check out our other blog posts about Practices That Increase Well-Being & Just Sit: 7 Meditation Practice Suggestions for more tips and techniques.

Conclusion Meditation is a transformative journey that leads to self-discovery and inner peace. Embracing discomfort, as suggested by the quote, allows us to observe the subtleties of our body and mind, fostering a deeper connection to ourselves. As we explore the powerful realm of meditation, let us remember to cultivate patience, compassion, and consistency in our practice. With the guidance of Andrew H. Housley's wisdom, we can embark on this transformative journey, ready to embrace every moment of our meditation practice with open hearts and open minds.

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At the age 17, through the guidance of his older brother Chris, he discovered the path of Buddhism. His journey with the practice has taken him across oceans and deep within himself. As a Zen bodhisattva, he works towards helping others find their own path without reward.


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