If you’ve reached a point where you can’t let go of the thought of meditation, consider yourself lucky. Now, meditation in itself isn’t addictive, but it can feel like it is, because there are no downsides to improving yourself nonstop, and frankly, why would you want to stop?
There could be several reasons why you feel like you want to meditate all the time, and I’ll dive deeper into those possible reasons and what it means for you in the long term.
Wanting to meditate all the time will usually mean you already have or are on your way to becoming a long-term meditator. Most never reach this stage because everyone wants instant gratification, but one of the characteristics high achievers have in common is their ability to delay gratification.
And with meditation, not only do you start to understand what it means on a theoretical level, but also in practice.
You find yourself more capable of staying in your lane, regardless of the difficulties that might come up. It’s an underrated habit that serves you for life that comes as a byproduct of consistent sessions.
Becoming a Long-Term Meditator
As I briefly touched on, one of the signs you’re on your way to becoming a long-term meditator is feeling an urge to do the practice, often as a result of cultivating the routine in the subconscious.
Where most give up, you flourish and push past hard times, which will be reflected in your day-to-day life. The challenges that were once there when you did your practices have gone from being roadblocks to stepping stones.
Meditation teaches you to be adapted to your environment and use it to your benefit, and one of the greatest feelings of joy comes from conquering the mind and allowing the discipline to take charge of your destiny.
Over time, where you might’ve struggled to keep a meditation practice without checking the timer, it becomes part of your subconscious and even an enjoyable part, because the more enjoyable the session feels, the easier it will be to make progress.
This plays a significant role in forming an image of the practice on a subconscious level, and if the impression of meditation is overall received as positive by the subconscious, it’s only a matter of time for the conscious mind to see it the same way.
You’ve Found What Works For You
It can be tempting to follow the crowd when it comes to meditation since many tend to compare the results they get and the timeline of when they’ll achieve what others have accomplished with where they’re at in their journey.
The issue is that meditation is a very personal experience, and where it might’ve taken one person 4 months to change their brain, it might take you 1 year. Or vice versa.
Now, it’s a good rule of thumb to try out what has worked for others with meditation, but nothing will give you a truer experience than doing it on your own and in a way where it works for you. You don’t even have to sit still while meditating, for instance, you could meditate while running, it all starts with being present.
Always listen to yourself and get data from yourself, since you’re the only one that knows yourself on an intimate level, and thus, it makes the most sense for you to learn from your own experiences. Meditation after all is exploring the world you have in yourself, which can take time to navigate.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with meditating under someone’s guidance, but you’d be outsourcing something that could in many cases be emotionally intimate experiences with yourself to an external source.
However, I recommend always taking anything you hear with a grain of salt and validating it with your own experiences, which may or may not end up lining up with what you heard.
You might find out that the more reliant you are on yourself with meditation, the easier it is to want to do more of it because you can have a meditation that lines up with you as a person.
I call it a highly personalized meditation experience as opposed to a general experience, and by general, I mean under someone else’s guidance.
But if the feedback you get from yourself from meditation is constantly positive, you’re going to want to return to it and feel an urge to do it, more often than not.
Sometimes that feedback loop seems more negative, but if you’re constantly experiencing a favorable feedback loop, it usually means you’ve managed to push through the hurdles in the first place. Not always, but many times this will be the case.
You’ll often gravitate to more positive experiences if you’ve managed to tame your mind from excess thoughts and emotions that weren’t serving a purpose for you, and now, all you have is a clear path towards achievement.
Once You Start, It’s Difficult To Stop
That is, assuming you’ve managed to push through the hurdles and managed to put yourself in a perpetually calm state. Keep in mind that meditation is a great way to disconnect and replenish, and come back stronger than ever, both in mind and spirit.
And while meditation isn’t addictive, there’s nothing wrong with having a constant urge to want to meditate. It’s a bit like going to the gym and constantly wanting to improve yourself.
The keyword here is wanting, because what we often want clashes with what we feel, because the moment we let ourselves get ruled by how we feel is when our willpower and discipline weakens, and we’re more likely to revert to autopilot living because it’s what’s easy.
It doesn’t require a lot of thinking, and the price we pay for that comfort often comes in the form of stress and anxiety.
These two things will always be present throughout our lives, but they affect someone to a significantly lesser degree when someone learns to remain present.
Once you reach the present state with meditation and manage to keep it through and out of the meditation, you don’t want to stop feeling that.
Don’t Rely on Just The Urge
The urge to meditate can also happen to a beginner, and I’d call it beginner’s luck. But keep riding that wave until you’re able to build discipline, which is the hardest part when it comes to meditation.
If you rely on your urge solely, it’ll be no different than letting how you feel decide the course of your day, and by extension, the course of your life.
As a result, the benefits attained through meditation will only be short-lived, as it does take some momentum when you’re a beginner, even if, in theory, the benefits of meditation can last for years if not a lifetime.
So long as you combine the urge to meditate with discipline, it makes for the perfect combination and makes you unstoppable, moving forward. No one can take away that from you, other than yourself.
Keep in mind that meditation can be something very new for the mind, both on a conscious and subconscious level. When you start to question everything you knew up until this point and discover a new reality, the natural desire to want to dive deeper and learn more will often be present.
It’s a reality where you can coexist in peace with your mind, thoughts, and emotions without attaching any labels to those, which, by extension, helps you detach from these same labels that had antagonized you before, in your day-to-day life.
Once you discover meditation and the benefits and experience them through first-hand experiences, you’ll often feel like there’s no way back.