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Perfectionist? Here Are Some Meditation Tips For You!

By March 8, 2012

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If you're a perfectionist and have tried meditation, your internal dialogue may have gone something like this:

"Oh, yeah. I can do this. In fact, I want to be really good at this meditation thing from the very first time....Okay, stop thinking, and just totally clear my mind....Wow, I'm doing great! Oh, wait, now I'm thinking again...Darn, I messed it up!....Just stop thinking, and clear my mind....Oh, now I'm thinking again....Why aren't I better at this?--No, don't beat myself up, that's just making it worse.... ... ....Oh, yes! Now I'm---wait! Now I've messed it up again! I just can't seem to get this...And my To Do list is really long...I should go work on that stuff..."

If this sounds at all familiar, it's okay. This doesn't mean that you're 'bad' at meditation, just that you may need practice approaching meditation in a different way. Because meditation carries so many benefits, it would be a shame to give up on the practice before really giving yourself a chance with it! Here are some meditation tips for perfectionists to help you start fresh and really gain the benefits of meditation.

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June 20, 2008 at 8:44 pm
(1) Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. says:

I am a Psychologist and Mindfulness teacher in Los Angeles and I want to support this article and say that learning how to be more present in daily life is fantastic for stress reduction. In essence, we can learn to how to control our minds instead of it controlling us. This is advanced life training. I highly recommend trying it out to see if it is right for you.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

September 8, 2010 at 7:57 pm
(2) Dr. Craig April says:

The description of typical mental chatter during meditation in this article is terrific and so true! The mind is designed to think and when we practice meditation, we are moving away from the pull of the mind that usually causes us to be trapped by its thoughts. Being mindful of the present while observing thought can reduce perfectionistic and other anxiety-based thinking patterns. The present moment awaits.

March 9, 2012 at 1:16 am
(3) Nate says:

Thank you for sharing, very interesting read.

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