Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 09, Text 14
Our daily life, with its many obligations, requires hard work. So, if we make time to meditate, we expect meditation to serve as a break, to de-stress us.
Mantra meditation does indeed offer that break, but not in the way we expect. Let’s understand.
Krishna is non-different from the mantras centered on his holy names. Mantra meditation thus offers us the opportunity to relish Krishna’s energizing presence. However, we can’t relish Krishna’s presence if we lethargically give in to the mind’s default restlessness, for it doesn’t let us connect with Krishna.
Consequently, meditation leaves us feeling bored and burdened. It becomes another chore — a difficult, demanding chore.
The problem is our faulty expectation that meditation should be a break from hard work. But authentic meditation requires concentration of the mind and so is hard work. No wonder the Bhagavad-gita (09.14) urges serious practitioners to endeavor with determination.