The mind plays all kinds of games to avoid being silenced. In particular, the critic/judge comes to the fore as soon as the plan to meditate comes to mind. We get thoughts like “I shouldn’t be doing this, I should be preparing dinner or cleaning up.”
“Should, could, would, must” – notice how your critic teases you, tries to put pressure on you. Or it can be disguised, like “I haven’t got time”
It is easy to succumb to these thoughts and it can easily prevent one from going to meditate. I call this resistance to meditation.
When you realize this is happening, laugh and go and meditate!
This is why my book is called “Just Turn Up and Meditate” because it’s the hardest thing to do. Once you are in your meditation chair, meditation is easy and effortless.