If you are a marathon runner or a long-distance cyclist then you are all too familiar with the concept, “hitting the wall.” For those who are into gentler sports, the phrase refers to the time when endurance sport enthusiasts just can’t do it anymore. And while one might argue that meditation isn’t a high endurance sport, try telling that to someone who has journeyed deep into the unconscious. For those people too, there comes a time when enough is enough!
Kathryn Goetzke, in this latest Psych Central post, takes a look at the all too common struggle most meditation fanatics face at some point in their self-reflection career, the dreaded meditation wall. According to Goetzke who sought direction from her teacher when she faced the challenge, those things that try to stop us from practicing are exactly the things that we need to push through.
It was everything I could do to not get up. My entire body was fighting from the inside. I could not relax and certainly had no intention of surrendering, I just wanted to get through it so I could get on my way.
I practiced releasing thoughts. Just letting them float by, not doing anything with them, just letting them go through me. And did everything I could to stay feeling my body and grounded in the present moment.
And then the strangest thing happened. I started crying. I felt my body relax as tears of relief started flowing down my face into my lap. I just let it all go. I stopped fighting my body and just let my insides fight their way out without stopping them.
What I realized is it was not my body wanting movement. It was my feelings, my emotions. I needed to release them in order to be present in today.
Read more from Goetzke on pushing through the meditation wall here.