Some days, meditating is easy. Other days is looks impossible. If you're starting out, maybe every day feels like one over the other. As you become more familiar with the techniques, there are more of the good days.
It helps to know what to do when you're having a bad day, though. Maybe you're new to all of this or maybe you've got a lot on your mind.
Life happens. You do not have to be perfect.
And thanks to one awesome technique, you barely even have to be decent.
The trick is to meditate the same way you'd enter a hot bath.
You know what I mean. You dip your toe in then recoil out immediately.
Then you go for it a second time and it does not seem as hard. Maybe you make it to your ankle before pulling out.
On the third try, you lower yourself in a few times.
Then you simply ease into the warm water and let it envelope you.
You can moderate this way, too. Just like with the bath, it's a lot slower but its success rate is phenomenal.
If you're trying to meditate and it's not working, that's okay.
Open your eyes. Breathe. Bring yourself back into your normal state of awareness.
Then go again.
Close your eyes, draw your attention inwards and do whatever meditation techniques you like.
And if it still does not work, repeat the cycle. Then repeat it again. Keep going until you're in a state of meditation.
There's a principle in hypnosis called fractionation. The idea is that bringing someone in and out of trance brings them deeeper into trance. It's strange but it works. Each time they go back into trance, they go deeper and faster.
It's the same with meditation. Every time you close your eyes, it gets a little bit easier.
Think of it like a warmup. Runners stretch before exercising and this is the mental equivalent. The experience guides you to better results.
And let me tell you this:
This exercise builds your meditation skill like nothing else.
Reaching a state of meditation, even when you struggled with it, is like training with weights on. The difficult days are where you learn the most. The struggle is where you progress.
What I love about this is how friendly it is. If it's too challenging, then stop, take a break and start again. It's so effective and enjoyable that you have no excuse for not using it.