Are you feeling bored during meditation?
That means that you are doing it right!
Don’t get me wrong, the purpose of meditating is not being in a constant state of boredom. But experience some sort of restlessness or boredom is very normal for people that start out (or are more advanced) with meditation!
Bored during meditation – Isn’t it all about clearing your mind?
The biggest misconception around meditation is that it is some sort of miracle relaxation exercise in which you empty your mind and think of nothing for a while.
Well, that sounds amazing!
But that isn’t really how it works.
Not at first at least…
I don’t know if you have ever tried to “not think of anything”. But if you did you probably found out that it is a mission impossible. It works for like a second, and then your mind starts to wonder. And before you know it you are thinking of EVERYTHING.
Quite the opposite of clearing your mind…
So you give up on meditation, it is too hard and not for you.
Boredom and restlessness during meditation is normal.
But these emotions are very normal. I still get restless or bored when I try to meditate for longer than 10 minutes. I am not there yet, but every once in a while I try to push myself past my meditation limit.
By meditating the right way!
Meditation ís about clearing your mind of clutter, but you don’t do this by thinking of nothing. I mean, it is really hard and there are MUCH better ways to meditate!
Usually, I do one of three things. I do a body scan, focus on my breathing or focus on one of my affirmations. I will go into depth on these in a different blog post, but they help to anchor you in your meditation.
When you focus on one thing, let’s say an affirmation, you can nudge your thoughts back to that when you feel that your mind is drifting.
Sometimes my mind is already minutes deep into shopping lists, my do list and what I am going to have for dinner. But the minute I realize that I’ve drifted I will give my thoughts a little pushback to the affirmation.
The same goes for feeling bored or restless. Whenever I think I will quit this session because I am just not focused enough, I push myself back to the affirmations for at least 30 seconds. Usually, the feeling goes away for a bit and I can continue the meditation as planned.
The sessions where I am distracted and restless might seem counterproductive. But they are usually the best sessions of the week! I feel mentally stronger after I’ve pushed through and my days are way more productive because I’ve already pushed myself once that day.
The boredom during the meditation makes your mind stronger
Pushing yourself through boredom and restlessness is so powerful, that I would say that you are doing it right when you are feeling these emotions during your meditation sessions. It teaches you to just accept what is. You can just accept the boredom and decide that you are going through with it anyway.
This will strengthen your mind for when that horrible work situation comes up. It will be so much easier to push through because YOU ALREADY TRAINED YOUR MIND!
And just like a muscle, your mind remembers. The more you do it the easier it gets and the further you can push.
For me, that is the strength of meditation. Not the clearing my mind or being in a floating state – I might get there one day but for now 10-minute “push-through-the-pain” meditation is where I am at. And you know what, I love the boredom and restlessness because it is making me mentally stronger!
So, are you feeling bored during meditation?