The Top 5 Reasons You’re Not Meditating (And What You Can Do About It)None By Matt Alesevich
If I asked you to think of a meditation expert in his or her natural environment, you’re unlikely to think of an everyday American walking the streets of New York City.
Contrary to popular belief, however, many authorities on meditation, a simple practice scientifically proven to increase one’s happiness, are not robe-draped recluses but ordinary citizens who took an interest to meditation in adulthood. (Not unlike, say, yourself.)
Two of these everyday Americans turned modern-day authorities are meditation teacher and bestselling author of Real Happiness, Sharon Salzberg and psychotherapist and author, Richard Shrobe, a Zen master at New York’s Chogye International Zen Center.
Happify recently caught up with Sharon and Richard in New York to discuss the five most common beginning meditator complaints and tips on overcoming them. Here’s what they had to say.
Complaint #1: I have no time.
Sharon: Everyone's to-do list is overwhelming. One of my teachers talked about the goal of practice being “short moments, many times.” When the phone rings, take a few breaths. Take a minute before a major meeting. The way we remember to do this is [through] the more formal, dedicated period of 10 to 20 minutes a day. [Meditation] doesn’t stop you from getting stuff done. It helps you be more present and more interested in what you’re doing.
Richard: If there’s some significant interest in [medita