Then one day it occurred to me that wasn't the case; I was just trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. I was attempting a type of meditation that, at that moment, didn't work for me.
I also realized the limiting belief I held (and frequently expressed), "I can't meditate," or "I'm bad at meditation," was limiting my success at it, as well.
That's when I understood meditation could be anything, as long as my focus and intent was to clear my mind and tune in. I didn't need to sit in the lotus position and chant "Om" to experience the benefits and peace of mind that came from meditating.
Many people share with me they feel they are unable to meditate, and I understand. However, I argue that you can meditate - you just haven't found "your" meditation yet. Meditation occurs any time you focus in the moment. Life can be a meditation. As you do dishes, notice the warmth of the water and the soap bubbles on your hands. Bam! You meditated. When you're out for a walk, notice the cool air on your skin and the sounds of nature. You meditated! Meditation is like that. It doesn't have to be sitting cross legged and desperately trying to clear your mind; that doesn't work for everybody. Instead, it can be a series of small moments throughout your day when, just for a few minutes, you clear away your thoughts and worries, notice what is happening right now, and simply allow yourself to be.