5 Steps to Overcoming Meditation Blocks
I have been meditating over twenty years. I still hit the occasional meditation block. It’s frustrating when I hit them, and every time I notice a few common denominators.
This is probably the biggest culprit to a creative block of any kind. You may have even started meditating to unlock some backed up emotion. Emotion means Energy-in-motion. That’s all emotion is. Sometimes we don’t even know which one it is that is blocking our ability to find bliss. If too many emotions stay locked inside of us, it turns to depression which feels like an overall blah place to be and you will feel a lack of interest in meditation.
If you’ve been meditating a while and then hit this place because of an event or just the fact that you’ve dug deep enough to find it, don’t give up! It’s just time to change up your practice and go deeper. Basic meditation is excellent for learning and finding a sense of peace but once it reaches the well of emotion you need to start navigating your feelings inside and using it to release them.
The following 4 steps are what I use and what I have taught in class for over 13 years…..
- Journey Meditation
I use journey meditation for this. It’s Raina’s word for a more in-depth and particular type of meditation. It’s time to visit the parts of yourself that are in pain, sadness or confusion. One way to do this is to ask in the meditative space. Ask your higher self or guides to take you to the part of yourself that needs help. You’ll be surprised at what you find. The emotion itself may release, or you may have a vision and speak to this child, adolescent or part of self that is ready for healing. Try asking this part of self to reveal their anger sadness, fear etc.
- Physical Disturbances and Pushing Through
This one is tough. I know for myself a headache will render me useless for quite a while. Use it. A migraine is there for more than just a physical reason. It may be hormones due to certain life stages, a prior injury or stuck emotion. As crappy as this is, taking in deep breaths and all the oxygen that is required to meditate effectively may release a headache or physical annoyance.
Your ego loves to use physical pain or discomfort to steer you away from your meditation progress. If you focus on your meditation, it will eventually move you further away from the pain. Yogi’s have been able to do this for centuries. At first, you’ll only feel the pain. Push through, breathe and stick with the meditation. The tool of meditation itself will help you to learn a valuable skill in not ignoring but moving through discomfort. The results may surprise you.
We spend so much of our lives indoors. It’s not healthy to be indoors so much. Your body needs the elements to function correctly. Your mind and emotions also respond beautifully to being outdoors. A magical thing happens when you meditate outside. It’s easier!
I discovered this while learning to channel. It takes me twice as long to achieve a trance state if I’m indoors. Find a place that is safe and then get into your meditative space. I like to find a suitable rock at the beach or have my back up against a tree. Nature loves to assist you and bring you back to your natural balance.
Meditating outside is the best way to do this.
Our bodies hold energy. If there is too much of it, you will experience a block. Try exercising before your meditation. Even if its a 30 min walk. It will get your energy moving, and your mind will be able to rest and receive the meditative space once it has exercised.
Another way to do this is to try meditating while exercising. This is best done on a walk/run or treadmill type of equipment. This type of exercise is just a moving meditation. Put some headphones on with a guided meditation and let yourself go while your body gets its exercise.
Yoga is another exercise that is also very meditative. The yoga studio lends itself to a meditative state. After a good yoga class go into meditation. You’ll find it much more comfortable after your mind has been in this space.
Meditation is a practice like anything else. Even 20 years later I find myself in moments where it’s not so easy. I have to work through it which is the magic and purpose of meditation. I know if I’m hitting a block it’s just an opportunity for me to discover something that is underneath it.
More articles & resources for meditation
7 Ways To Meditate Effectively
6 Week Learn to Meditate Course
How to Use Breath Work To Induce Altered States
Trance Channel, Clairvoyant Healer and Spiritual Teacher, Lori Camacho, has been serving others with her gifts of clairvoyance and vibrational healing abilities since 2003. It was in 2007 that Lori began to spontaneously vocalize Raina, the wise consciousness she had memories of communicating with as a child. Together Lori and Raina have created many workshops, classes, and writings.
I do a kind of mix and match meditation, mostly Mindfulness but with other practices mixed in. A lot of stress has been rebuilding in my life and I have allowed myself to slide on meditating. I love the walking meditation and feel my best after walking to my favorite spot and leaning against a big oak tree. Just wanted to say thanks for reminding me of what helps me most and for the motivation.
I am new to meditation, I found this article very interesting and I have a learned a lot with nee . I will surely share this great article with my friends.
I have been wanting to set time to meditate and have been battling to finding the time to get myself to do it because it is hard as I feel my emotions become erratic.
How would you advice me as a starter to be good in meditating as I want to have a set time everyday to do this?
I do exercise daily though and it hasn’t helped me with meditation.
Try meditating after you exercise. When your body has already expended a lot of energy, you are more apt to have a calm mind. As far as finding time, my suggestion is either morning or night. These are the transition times where the world is more quiet. Once your day starts too much,the thoughts of work and all you have to do seem to creep in more easily. It’s also practice. Just like exercise you need to practice it as much as possible until your subconscious gets the message that “this is a thing we’re doing now.”
These 5 steps to overcoming meditation blocks were so well thought out and I am sure these will certainly help me. I love to meditate early in the morning, as I wake very early, and find myself quiet and able to just meditate.
This sets me up for the day.
Have also dug out my exercise bands which will help with meditation as they are very repetitive exercises so I can find a thought to meditate on.
This is very insightful, I’ve been considering meditation quiet abit lately but havent actually taken the leap into it. Your website looks great and I will have a further look around. But I think I will also take your tips above onboard especially surrounding the getting outside and exercising, unfortunately both have fallen to the weigh side, and need to get back into it for my own mental health. This is the push I need to start looking after my own self again.
Thank you Nicole. Let me know how it goes. I was a horrible meditator until I figured out what worked for me. Good luck!
Great article. Exercise does help a lot. I can attest to that because that’s what I have been doing if I want to clear my head before making any major decisions. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for the feedback. It’s an easier way to focus on it I think if sitting still makes you crazy.
Thanks for meditation tips Lori. I’ve tried different relaxation and meditation techniques before without never really sticking to it. Put shortly, I suffer from an over active mind. I’m constantly processing something. It’s not all bad because I have learned to use it as a resource in problem solving and planning but it’s tough sometimes to relax as I can’t seem to shut my thoughts out. Maybe I will find some solutions here!
Yes, I hope so! It’s totally worth it!
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