Ervin wrote:I have a question for those who have been meditating for a while and that is how did you motivate your self to begin and keep on doing it? How was it in the begining and how was it after a while of doing it? Does it get more enjoybable as you do more? What are the changes you noticed?
Personally I like the results because I have meditated here and there but never on regular basis for long enough to get the benefits that would be seriously noticeable.
One of the reasons I find it hard to motivate my self ate the psych drugs that I can't reject. If you read Proof of some sort of karmic system thread in the personal experiences section you will see how bad the effects can be. But I believe that Ii should not weight for things to change before I start meditating.
I get the feeling you may not get a lot of answers with this topic, because the practice is a very personal thing and not something many talk about openly (especially on a public forum), but I'd like to mention a few things. Often the motivation for beginning to practice meditation is to relieve suffering, and at first practice may be very sporadic, ranging from serious dedication to no interest at all. In my case it took about 5 years of practicing on and off before everything finally gelled and the practice became steady. So if you're interested in meditating every day I'd recommend just sticking with it and not getting too discouraged when you get distracted by other things and eventually things should even out. In the beginning meditation is a foreign concept, so it helps to have a good set of instructions and to stick with them a while, and since one has never investigated the mind before they really have no clue where the practice of meditation will lead. After a while though, one begins to get a feel for how to calm the mind and go deeper in meditation, which becomes more enjoyable, and begins to get a feel for the appropriate questions to ask that will lead to insight. Gradually, over time the mind changes and one begins to relate to the world from the perspective of awareness and the mind becomes a lot less self-centered. This leads to life being a lot simpler and more peaceful. Anyway, I hope that helps. As for the psych drugs, I can only speak for myself but I will say that coffee is a great help in countering the sedation.
"The heart of the path is quite easy. There’s no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That’s all that I do in my own practice." - Ajahn Chah