Myth # 1
Meditation is hard
Truth: This myth is rooted in the image of meditation as a practice reserved only for saints, holy men and yogiis.
Though it’s best to learn from an experienced knowledgeable teacher the techniques can be as simple as focusing on your breathing or silently repeating a mantra.
One reason why meditation may seem difficult is that we try to hard to concentrate,we’re overly attached to results or we’re not sure we are doing it right.
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You need to quiet your mind completely to meditate successfully
Truth: This maybe the No.1 myth about meditation and is the cause of many people giving up in frustration.
Meditation isn’t about stopping our thoughts or trying to empty our mind__both of these approaches only create stress and more noisy chatter.
We can’t stop or control our thoughts, but we can decide how much attention to give them.
Through meditation we can find the quiet that already exist in the space between our thoughts. As you meditate on a regular basis,you will spend more time in this state of expanded awareness and silence.
As you become less identified with your thoughts and stories, you experience greater peace and open to new possibilities.
According to Emma Seppala Phd. meditation increases social connection and emotional intelligence and boosts self-control.
Myth # 3
It takes years of practice to receive any benefits from meditation
Truth: The benefits of meditation are both immediate and longterm.
Many scientific studies provide evidence that meditation has profound effects on the mind-body physiology within just weeks of practice.
For example a study led by Harvard University found that as little as eight weeks of meditation not only helped people experience decreased anxiety and greater feelings of calm, it also produced growth in the areas of the brain associated with memory,empathy andstress regulation.
Other common benefits of meditation include improved concentration ,decreased blood pressure,reduced stress and enhanced immune function.
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Myth # 4
I don’t have enough time to meditate.
Truth: There are busy productive executives who have not missed a meditation in 25 years.
If you make meditation a priority you will do it. Don’t talk yourself out of meditating just because it’s late and you feel sleepy.
When we spend time meditating on a regular basis we actually have more time.
When we meditate our breathing and heart rate slow down,our blood pressure lowers and our body decreases the production of stress hormones and other chemicals that speed up the aging process and give us the subjective feeling that we are running out of time.
As people stick with their meditation ritual they notice that they are able to accomplish more while doing less.
Instead of struggling so hard to achieve goals they spend more and more time “in the flow”.
Myth # 5
Meditation requires spiritual or religious beliefs
Truth: Meditation doesn’t require a specific spiritual belief and many people of many different religions practice meditation without any conflict with their current religious beliefs.
Some mediators have no particular religious beliefs or are atheist .
They meditate in order to experience inner quiet and the numerous physical and mental health benefits of the practice.
Meditation enables us to enjoy whatever we do in our lives more fully and happily.
Myth # 6
I’m supposed to have transcendent experiences in meditation.
Truth: Some people are disappointed when they don’t experience visions, see colors, hear angels, or glimpse enlightenment when they meditate.
Although we can have a variety of wonderful experiences when we meditate,including feelings of bliss and oneness, these aren’t the purpose of the practice.
When we emerge from our meditation session we carry some of the stillness and silence of our practice with us allowing us to be more creative,compassionate and centered.
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