Growing up, I had younger siblings. My brother never wanted to take a bath on his on volition. Our mom would have to beg, plead and threaten him in order to get him in the tub. He would always reason that he was going to get dirty again the next day anyway, so there was no need to bathe. Once in the tub however, the problem switched. After relaxing in the warm water and playing with his floating action figures he would not want to get out. …even as the water started to get cold …and then another round of begging and threatening would ensue.
During the pre-bath exchange, my mom would explain to him that as soon as he got in he would love it and resist getting out. For some reason, he was never convinced and it would take until we were teenagers before his own desire to be clean and social kicked in.
When I am asked about the “difficulty” of meditation, or more specifically, when someone tells me that they want to have a guided meditation session but fear that it is too hard or requires too much stillness, internally I chuckle and think of my brother not wanting to get into the bath tub. Usually, the person is already aware of the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of meditation and can even list them off to me. After the internal chuckle, usually my next thought is that she or he just might just be looking for that extra push into doing something wonderful for him or herself.
Consider this your friendly push 🙂