You can't make meditation a consistent habit without practicing radical acceptance.
That's my conclusion, and I'm sticking to it.
Don't take my word for it. Please, don't. Try it for yourself and see what happens.
As a musician, I've spent a lot of time practicing. Same problem there. If you're constantly fighting yourself, you aren't going to enjoy practicing, and you won't do it. That's no fun.
Meditation made this even more obvious to me.
It doesn't mean you have to like what's happening. It just means you have to stop fighting it.
How do I know this?
I don't. I'm just saying it.
You be the judge.
Look at your own experiences. All of them. That's why it's called “radical” acceptance. You have to allow anything and everything to happen while you're meditating.
This isn't easy. It takes practice. Don't think you're just going to “get it” and everything will be fine. It doesn't work that way.
But, I bet right now there are things you are definitely not accepting.
There's only one way to find out. Sit down and try to meditate. Notice what forces you to stop.
That's a thing, right there. A sensory experience. What is it???
Do it, and see what happens.
You can't expect to have a consistent meditation habit unless you work this way. There's literally no other option.
I'm going to talk about this on Instagram live at 7:00 PM EST tonight (@no.michael.here).