Meditation is enjoying a moment in the limelight.
A slew of studies now confirm it’s good for you. High-profile celebrities openly encourage it. Your doctor may have even suggested it as a way for you to manage stress.
All of this may make you feel (more than you did already) that you really need to give it a go.
So you sit down, cross your legs, and begin.
And within 30 seconds you’re fidgeting. Soon your foot falls asleep, and that’s all you can think about. Except when you’re thinking about whatever your mind has decided needs to be dealt with immediately. Like checking email. Again.
Then the dog (or the cat, or your kid) realizes you’re sitting on the floor and assumes it’s playtime. Game over.
Maybe you try again tomorrow, but within a few days, because the experience is anything but peaceful, you give up.
It can be hard to go from zero to Zen. Meditating outside, with others, can help.