Why is meditation so important?
We are constantly barraged by outside stimuli like cell phones, computers, friends, family. There are always distractions that cause us to run primarily on auto-pilot. Meditation allows us to take command of our lives, increases our self awareness, and encourages us to take responsibility for the choices we make. Life is something we live not something that happens to us.
Why is meditation so hard?
Our conscious mind is like a toddler hopped up on sugar. We are trained to follow directions as little people. Our rules and expectations are given to us as we grow and develop. We must be shown how to seek out quiet time or quiet spaces in order to allow our minds to settle. Just like any new skill, meditation takes practice, patience, and persistence.
What should I do if I just can't find the time to meditate?
There's a saying in yoga; "If you can't meditate for an hour then meditate for two hours". We can always find the time to meditate. We imagine ourselves as having to attain perfection instead of accepting where we are in the present. Guided meditations, like the ones in this project, begins to train our mind by allowing the body to get comfortable being still. The goal is really to be aware of our thoughts and find a sense of peace in their existence instead of fighting against ourselves.
The moral is to be patient, persistent, and above all PRACTICE.