It’s very easy to say something doesn’t work if you’ve only tried it for a day…

I’m no good at drawing. I can’t write. I always get bored in my meditation practice.

Fucking excuses.

You think you’re no good at drawing because you see sketches on Instagram and instantly aspire to a very good artist’s level.

You say you can’t write, but what have you written? You were no good at walking either for a very long time. Somewhere along the way you realized that it was necessary and you made a concerted, undeviating effort to accomplish this task.

You get bored in your meditation practice — did you ever consider that the boredom was the meditation practice? That if meditation was fun and entertaining everyone would do it? Meditation is the act of seeing your thoughts and being unreactive. In fact, it can’t really be called an act at all because the point of meditation is just to sit and do nothing.

The obstacle is the way. Ryan Holiday wrote a book on that concept. Taken from Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

If you’re having trouble drawing, that’s because it’s going to make you better. If you’re having trouble thinking of what to write, do not give up. Precisely by thinking of anything to write, you have conquered the problem that’s holding you back.

And if you think meditation is boring and doing nothing for you, put it to the test. Use Headspace for just ten days. It’s free so there is no excuse not to do it. Ignore the bored and inane thoughts that run through your mind. Just do it.

It’s very easy to say something doesn’t work if you’ve only tried it for a day.

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