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The Top 3 Biggest Excuses People Make When It Comes to Setting a Meditation Practice

July 15, 20238 min read


Meditation is a powerful practice that offers numerous benefits for our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. However, many individuals often find themselves making excuses when it comes to establishing a regular meditation practice. In this article, we will address the top three most common excuses people make and provide solutions to help overcome them. Let's dive in and discover how to embrace the transformative practice of meditation.

The Top 3 Biggest Excuses People Make When It Comes to Setting a Meditation Practice

Excuse No. 1 - "I don't have time":

The excuse of not having enough time is perhaps the most prevalent one when it comes to meditation. Our lives are often filled with responsibilities, commitments, and a seemingly endless to-do list. However, it's important to recognise that meditation doesn't have to be time-consuming. Even dedicating just a few minutes each day can make a significant difference. Consider integrating meditation into your morning routine, taking a few moments during your lunch break, or practicing before bedtime. By prioritising your mental well-being and making meditation a non-negotiable part of your day, you will begin to witness the positive impact it can have on your overall life.

In our fast-paced world, it's crucial to remember that meditation is an investment in yourself. The time you spend in quiet contemplation allows you to recharge and find inner clarity, which ultimately enhances your productivity and effectiveness in other areas of life. Consider starting small with just five minutes of meditation and gradually increasing the duration as you feel more comfortable. You may find that the time you dedicate to meditation creates a sense of spaciousness and calm that positively influences your entire day.

Excuse No. 2 - "I'm too restless":

Restlessness during meditation is a common challenge, especially for beginners. The stillness and silence can feel uncomfortable, and the mind tends to wander. However, it's essential to understand that restlessness is a natural part of the process, and with time and practice, it diminishes. If you find yourself feeling too restless, start with shorter meditation sessions and gradually increase the duration as you become more comfortable. Experiment with different techniques, such as guided meditations, where a soothing voice directs your focus, or try walking meditation, which combines mindfulness with movement. Embrace the restlessness as an opportunity for growth and a chance to cultivate patience and self-awareness.

Restlessness is not a sign of failure but rather an invitation to deepen your practice. It's an indication that there is untapped energy within you that can be harnessed and channeled towards greater focus and presence. As you continue your meditation journey, you will find that the restlessness naturally subsides, and a sense of stillness and tranquility emerges. Embrace the process, be gentle with yourself, and remember that meditation is a practice of cultivating inner harmony.

Excuse No. 3 - "I don't know how to meditate":

The idea of not knowing how to meditate can be intimidating for many individuals. The good news is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to meditation, and various resources are available to guide you on your journey. Start by exploring meditation apps, which offer guided sessions and techniques suitable for beginners such as Insight Timer. Online tutorials, books, and audio recordings are also excellent sources of instruction and inspiration. If you prefer a more interactive experience, consider joining a local meditation group or attending classes led by experienced instructors who can provide guidance and support. Remember, meditation is a personal experience, and finding a method that resonates with you is key.

Embarking on a meditation practice is an exciting opportunity for self-discovery and growth. It's important to approach it with an open mind and a willingness to explore different techniques and styles. Remember that meditation is not about achieving a particular state or doing it perfectly. It's about creating a space for self-reflection, cultivating awareness, and nurturing your inner being. With time, patience, and a spirit of curiosity, you will develop a meditation practice that feels authentic and enriching to you.

In addition to traditional meditation practices, exploring sound bath meditations can provide a unique and immersive experience for your meditation practice. Sound bath meditations involve the use of various instruments, such as singing bowls, gongs, drums or chimes, to create soothing and harmonious sounds. These sounds have the power to relax your mind, release tension from your body, and facilitate a deeper state of meditation.

Sound bath meditations can help you enter a meditative state more effortlessly, as the vibrations and frequencies of the instruments create a therapeutic environment that promotes relaxation and introspection. By incorporating sound bath meditations into your practice, you can enhance your meditation experience and tap into a deeper sense of peace and tranquility. Explore this enchanting form of meditation and allow the power of sound to guide you towards inner stillness and rejuvenation.


Setting a meditation practice is a gift you give to yourself, allowing you to cultivate inner peace, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being. By acknowledging and overcoming the most common excuses people make, you can pave the way for a transformative meditation journey. Remember, time is not a limitation; it's about making meditation a priority in your daily life. Restlessness is a temporary hurdle that fades with practice, and there are abundant resources available to support your learning and growth. Embrace the power of meditation, and discover the profound impact it can have on your mind, body, and soul.

So, be honest with yourself. What's holding you back? It's time to let go of excuses, take a deep breath, and embark on a fulfilling meditation practice that will nurture your well-being in ways you never imagined possible.

Start your meditation journey today, and witness the incredible transformation that awaits.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please refer to the FAQs below or get in touch with us via our Contact page:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long should I meditate each day?

The duration of your meditation practice is flexible and depends on your personal preferences and schedule. Start with just a few minutes per day and gradually increase the time as you feel comfortable. Even short sessions of 5-10 minutes can provide benefits. The key is consistency rather than the length of each session.

What if I can't stop my mind from wandering during meditation?

It's natural for the mind to wander during meditation, especially in the beginning. Instead of fighting or judging the wandering thoughts, simply acknowledge them and gently bring your attention back to your chosen focal point, such as the breath or a mantra. With time and practice, you'll develop greater focus and mental clarity.

Can I meditate if I'm not religious or spiritual?

Absolutely! Meditation is a practice that can be approached from a secular and non-religious perspective. It is a technique for training the mind and cultivating awareness, which can benefit individuals regardless of their spiritual beliefs or religious affiliations. Meditation can be seen as a tool for enhancing overall well-being and finding inner peace.

How do I find the right meditation technique for me?

There are various meditation techniques available, and finding the one that resonates with you may require some exploration. Experiment with different styles, such as breath awareness, loving-kindness meditation, guided meditation, or mindfulness practices. Explore resources like apps, books, and classes to gain exposure to different techniques. Trust your intuition and choose a method that feels comfortable and supportive to you.

Can I meditate if I have a busy lifestyle?

Yes, meditation can be adapted to fit a busy lifestyle. Even short moments of mindfulness throughout the day can make a difference. Consider integrating mindfulness into daily activities like walking, eating, or even during short breaks. Finding pockets of time for dedicated meditation sessions, no matter how small, can also be beneficial. Remember, consistency matters more than the length of each session.

How long will it take to experience the benefits of meditation?

The benefits of meditation can be experienced both in the short and long term. Some individuals notice immediate effects such as reduced stress, increased relaxation, and improved focus after just a few sessions. However, meditation is a gradual process, and the depth of benefits can deepen with consistent practice over time. Patience and regularity are key to unlocking the long-lasting benefits of meditation.

Remember, meditation is a personal journey, and it's normal to have questions or encounter challenges along the way. Embrace the process, be gentle with yourself, and seek guidance or support when needed. With dedication and an open mind, you'll discover the transformative power of meditation in your own life.

If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us. We're here to support you on your meditation journey.

If you live locally, why not immerse yourself in the blissful experience of our Sound Bath Meditation events? Allow the harmonious vibrations to soothe your mind, body, and soul. Join us and embark on a transformative journey of relaxation and inner peace. Book your spot now and discover the power of sound healing!

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Joanne Lee

Joanne is a qualified and experienced complementary therapist, wellness coach and tutor who supports her clients and learners in their wellness journey and empowers them to discover and embody their unique version of optimal holistic health, allowing them to thrive and reach their greatest potential.

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