4 obstacles to meditation: time, space, posture/comfort, guidance

Can’t get into meditating? You’re not the only one.

\Julie Jarvis, the founder of REALthings, which offers (actually!) comfortable meditation cushions fit for our REAL bodies, totally gets it - and she’s here to help.

Julie is passionate about making cushions that let you sit comfortably and meditate deeply. As a long-time meditator with 20 years’ experience, Julie has helped thousands of people find the right posture and cushion for their body. In the post below, she shares four reasons why you might find meditation hard (along with being uncomfortable), and how to overcome the obstacles for a successful meditation, once and for all.

“Yesterday I was sitting with a wonderful group of teachers, who were talking about how much they need meditation and how they would like to start sitting as a group. It was inspiring to sit with them and explore some of their challenges and how to overcome them!

I have been meditating for over 20 years and I have met a lot of people who tell me they gave up meditating because they couldn’t find the time, space, comfort or guidance they needed to continue. What is exciting about these four obstacles is that you can use them as pillars for your practice.


1. Time

So many people say “I don’t have time to meditate”, but most people have 10 minutes.  

Deciding when and how long you will meditate is a great first step. When you wake up or before you go to bed are good times to practice.

The most important thing is to pick a time and stick with it.  Once you start to feel the benefits of meditating regularly it’s easier to make time because you start to look forward to it.

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2. Space

While it is true that you can meditate anywhere, for most people it is important to find a quiet space that helps you relax and be still  – a place at work or home where your dog, kids, colleagues can’t interrupt you.

Having a dedicated space can help your practice because it is always available and you can make it beautiful and peaceful. If this is not possible, you can also find quiet spaces on the go where you can sit quietly and unwind. Meditating with a group can be very helpful because they offer guidance, cushions and spaces to inspire you.  

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3. Comfort/Posture

I sit with a lot of people who tell me they can’t meditate because they can’t sit on the floor comfortably. This is because our bodies are bigger and less flexible in North America. What we found is that when people find a good posture and cushion for their body, it is easy to sit straight naturally for longer periods of time.

The best way to figure this out is to try different cushions and postures. You can find popular meditation postures here.  


4. Guidance

Finding the right teacher or guide is essential, but it may take some time.  So, it’s good to be patient and try different things. You may get help from books or Apps or a meditation teacher or a combination of these. The most important thing is that you find what you need to start and grow your practice.

I always tell people to trust your instincts.

If one type of meditation is not working for you, change your approach - find a new teacher or meditation type. There are many ways to practice. The key is finding what supports you best and brings you real happiness.”

What does "retail therapy" mean to Julie?

For me “retail therapy” is a retail experience designed to nourish and educate customers.  I would love to see a gorgeous space that was beautiful and inspiring, filled with purpose-driven sustainable companies. A place where customers have time and space to breathe and connect meaningfully with business owners.  It is a place I look forward to buying well-made healthy products that make me happy and sustain me.

REALthings will be sponsoring our Quiet Room at Retail Therapy where you’ll get the chance to sit exactly how you should - in comfortable bliss!

By: Kiki Athanas, Wellness Expert & Educator @ MEbyKiki.com

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