Various difficulties arise in the early stages of meditation practice -- even for longterm meditators -- that can undermine the effectiveness of whatever practice we do. Combinations of physical, mental, emotional, and motivational issues can be dealt with both in pre-med preparation and in the early part of each sitting. Here we list some of the main obstacles and difficulties with links to useful ways to deal with them.
Body isn't ready: stiff, tired, sluggish, excited ... try Y'ii jing jing
Cluttered nasal passages ... try Neti pot
Mind is still on other things
Weak or limited understanding about the path
Poor posture ... consider these posture check points
Unhealthy breathing patterns
Wandering thoughts .. consult the Vitakkasanthana Sutta (MN 20)
Hindering moods pester
... to be continued ...