What makes meditation difficult? When we bring our habit of constantly measuring our experience to meditation practice, meditation can be quite a struggle. Perhaps we want meditation to bring us to a certain state of mind, and so we check if meditation is working or not. And we are pleased if we achieve it and perhaps disappointed if we do not. But this not how we should be meditating. The continuous evaluation is a habit and the basis of discontentment or worse. Meditation is simply learning to be present in the face of whatever arises in the mind. It’s not a state we have to attain, or a peaceful sort of bliss. It is simply allowing the mind to be open, natural and flexible. That isn’t a state, it is how the mind already is, but we cover it up by buying into even the most trivial measurements of how we are doing. That’s just a habit. But by noticing the sensation of breathing, we are meditating, by noticing distraction, we are meditating. There is nothing to measure or evaluate, what a relief!