“Beginning a Meditation Practice” With Teacher Michael Stavrinides.

Updated: Apr 12



DAY 1 - Date 1st April 2020

“Beginning a Meditation Practice” With Teacher Michael Stavrinides.

We start on day 1 with some of the most common hurdles when someone wants to start learning to implement a daily meditation practice.

These are some of the hurdles and common statements people experience and say at the beginning of learning to meditate:

1. I have no time to meditate

2. I just can’t stop thinking when I meditate

3. I just don’t really know what to do, “Do I just sit there with my eyes closed”

4. I’ll start tomorrow, yes I definitely will !

5. I can’t meditate, I would like to but I just can’t !

So, in brief I will explain about each of the 5 hurdles and statements listed above.

1. I have no time to meditate

1. There is an Old Zen saying that fits this statement very well, it goes like this “You should meditate for 20 minutes a day, unless you are to BUSY; then you should meditate for an hour”

Most of us lead busy lives, just start with 5 minutes a day, we can all find 5 minutes each day. Think of these 5 minutes as a form of self-maintenance, self-love, allow yourself this time each day. Many of us look after our cars better than we do ourselves, we maintain our cars regularly, but we wait for us to breakdown before we start caring for ourselves.

Our mind and ego create a resistance to us meditating, they don’t want to lose control, and will create thoughts and statements like “I have no time to meditate” and then will continue creating thoughts and situations to justify that you don’t have time to meditate. I SAY TO YOU, DON’T BUY INTO THIS, and don’t believe everything you think!

2. I just can’t stop thinking when I meditate.

2. This is very common for most beginners and experienced meditators; you are not alone with this. But I have great new for you. There are meditation practices where you don’t need to stop thinking, and one of those is mindfulness meditation. (More about this in future days.)

3. I just don’t really know what to do, “Do I just sit there with my eyes closed”

3. Many people start practicing meditation with very little idea of what to do. Yes google and YouTube are great platforms to find information, but what tends to happen with most people is they jump straight into the deep end and try to run before they can walk “so to speak” here’s a question for you, when you started learning to drive a car, you didn’t start learning on a motorway did you, you most likely practiced on quiet roads with a teacher. So why do so many think meditation is different? It is so important at the beginning to get a good understanding and grasp of the basics, to build a strong foundation to build your meditation practice from.

4. I’ll start tomorrow, yes I definitely will !

4. This is a form of procrastination (delaying, stalling) usually created by the mind and ego (see number 1 “I have no time to meditate”)

5. I can’t meditate, I would like to but I just can’t !

5. I am here to let you know “Everyone can meditate” many over think it, have preconceptions before they start of what should and shouldn’t happen while meditating. It can also be the mind and ego creating resistance. In my opinion and throughout my teaching of meditation over the years, is, it is most likely that you have just not found a meditation practice that is right for you, at this time. I have seen people struggling with a certain meditation and keep struggling until they get fed up and say “I can’t meditate, I would like to but I just can’t !” Does that sound familiar? When in most cases all they needed to do was to try a different type of meditation, it’s as simple as that, keep trying different types of meditation practices until you find one that is right for you. Don’t think of it as a race, think of it as a journey of self-discovery. There are so many different types of meditations out there. Enjoy the journey.

Throughout the day please post any questions relating to today’s subject “Beginning a Meditation Practice” and I will do my best to answer them for you.

Each day we will have a new subject that relates to “Mindfulness, creating a new mindset and mindful meditation”


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Important note: one of the first things to cultivate in mindfulness and creating a new mindset is “Awareness” so before you feel the urge to react to a comment, be mindfully aware, take a second or two to pause emotionally, step back to gain clarity, think about how the wording of your comment will affect others. This and many other techniques will be explained in more detail as we go through the coming days.


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