10 Common Myths about Meditation

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10 Common Myths about Meditation! Meditation has profound benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. It helps lower stress and anxiety, boosts the immune system, decreases blood pressure, improves concentration, improves sleep, and increases our feelings of happiness.

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Despite it’s growing popularity, misconceptions about meditation prevent many people from trying it out. Here are some of the most common myths about meditation, dispelled:

Myth #1: Meditation is a religious practice

Anyone can meditate. Meditation does not require any specific religious background or belief. People of many different religions practice meditation without any conflict with their own faith. So do atheists and agnostics, who have no particular religious beliefs. Meditation benefits everyone.

Myth #2: Meditation is about thought control

This idea of ‘not having any thoughts while you meditate’ is simply not true and is the reason many people give up in frustration. We cannot stop or control our thoughts, but we can decide how much attention to give them.

Thoughts come and go in your mind, as you meditate. Instead of actively trying to suppress these thoughts, just calmly observe them, but don’t get involved in them. Then gently let your mind move back to your breath or any object that you’re meditation is focussed on.

Myth #3: Meditation is difficult

Meditation can be pretty straightforward. You focus on one thing like your breath or a mantra. When you notice that your mind has wandered off, you simply come back to the thing you’ve chosen to focus on.

One of the reasons why meditation may seem difficult is that you are trying too hard to concentrate or you are not sure whether you are doing it right. The easiest way to overcome this challenge and to ensure that the process is enjoyable is to receive instruction from an experienced and knowledgeable teacher.

Myth #4: It takes years to get any benefit from meditation

The benefits of meditation are both long-term and immediate. You can actually begin to experience benefits the first time you sit down to meditate. The effects of these benefits will increase and amplify over time, the more and the longer you meditate.

A study by Harvard University found that as little as eight weeks of meditation helped people experience great physical and mental health benefits, such as decreased stress and anxiety and greater feelings of calm.

Myth #5: Meditation takes up too much time

We are all busy. But if you decide to make meditation a priority in your life, you will find a way to make time for it in your daily routine. Even just a few minutes of meditation is better than none. There are many meditation practices that require only five or 10 minutes.

Because meditation helps lower stress and improve focus, efficiency and productivity, you can actually get more done and create more time in your day.

Myth #6: Meditation is for older people

Meditation is essential for people of all ages, including the young. Most of our learning happens during our youth, when we also gain the necessary skills to live a happy life. Meditation is great for youngsters to help them develop life skills, such as self-discipline, emotional self-control, focus and concentration, and empathy and compassion.

Myth #7: You have to sit cross-legged on the floor to meditate

You can sit in any position that is comfortable for you. Sit in a way that does not distract your mind due to discomfort or pain in your body. You can sit on a cushion, on a chair or a couch.

What is important is that when you start your meditation, you maintain a posture where the spine is straight, and head, neck, and shoulders are relaxed.

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Myth #8: You can only meditate in certain places and at certain times.

Any place is good for meditation. All you need is a place where you will not be interrupted. A clean and quiet room is better, but not a necessity. With time you will get the ability to meditate anywhere.

Any time of the day is fine for meditation. But it is not good to meditate when your stomach is full, or else you may fall asleep. Also, it is ideal to practice meditation during sunrise and sunset, as it can keep you calm and energetic throughout the day.

Myth #9: You will have mystical experiences when meditating

Some people are disappointed when they don’t experience visions or some sense of connection with the divine, when they meditate. These experiences rarely happen, even if you are consciously seeking them. They are also not the reason for meditating.

What really matters is how much more balanced, happy, loving, and peaceful you become.

Myth #10: Meditation is escapism or running away from problems

Meditation actually enables you to face problems with a smile, and handle tough situations confidently, optimistically, and with energy and resolve.

Moreover, it allows you to get in touch with your inner self, accept situations as they are, and take constructive action instead of agonising over the past or worrying about the future.

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