Why can’t we sit quiet?
We are afraid to face the real questions of our existence, and our easiest escape from facing those important questions of life is to get busy. We are contented to busy ourselves to accomplish as many things as possible, instead of taking some time to reflect in silence and solitude about the nature of life and our place in it.
This is why one of the most difficult things to do is to simply sit quiet. This is also why meditation is such a difficult proposition for many – not because meditation is inherently difficult, but because we have become too accustomed to losing ourselves in the various activities of life. This is why watching a movie, meeting friends, going on a vacation, or planning for the future is infinitely easier when compared to sitting quiet in meditation.
The very fact that sitting quiet is difficult should tell us something very important. It tells us that there is a lot of pain within us that we don’t want to see. We prefer to be distracted by some external activity because we are afraid to face the reality of our inner nature. We are afraid of discovering something about ourselves that we don’t already know. It is almost like we are afraid of ourselves. Why else should sitting quiet be such a big problem?