Meditation Myths, Misconceptions and Misinterpretations

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So you’re starting with a meditation practice: congratulations!

You have taken the first step to a life more calm, more serene, and certainly more enjoyable. You may even be about to change your life in ways you are not completely aware yet.

However, there are some myths surrounding meditation that could be standing in a way of making meditation your daily practice.

Although mediation has entered the mainstream years ago, there are still some myths and misconceptions many harbor. People are still mystified with meditation. Don’t let their misinterpretations stop you from having one of the potentially most life-changing, uplifting and empowering experiences one can have in his life.

Some people think that if you can’t meditate like Buddha, why bother. Meditation is an exercise for the mind: it doesn’t matter if you are not physically able to sit in a lotus position. If you’re not comfortable sitting on the floor with your legs crossed, don’t. You can sit in your chair, lie in your bed, or you can meditate walking: it doesn’t matter.

People who meditate are not in a cult. Meditation is not a religion! Meditation is not a religious practice, though one can make it so. Practiced by millions of people around the world of different religious affiliations – or of no religious belief at all – meditation in no way violates any religious principles.

Meditation is not hard! Meditation is the most natural thing to do; it’s so easy even children can learn it. As a matter of fact, some small children learn to do it by themselves, unknowingly. If something requires you to struggle, then it can’t be meditation.

Some people think that they have been unsuccessful with meditating because they just can’t stop their thoughts. How do people come to that conclusion, is a source of everlasting mystery to me. You are not required to somehow completely stop your thoughts in meditation: you don’t have to, neither you could do it no matter how hard you try. They will always be there, passing like the clouds in the sky. Observe the thought that appears, then let it go. There is a meditation in itself!

Meditation is not a New Age fad. It’s an ancient practice, it has proven itself over and over for thousand of years, and it has been studied extensively and found to have many benefits.

Meditation is not just relaxation. Meditation produces changes in your mind and body that just napping in front of a TV can’t.

You don’t have to spend hours meditating. Any amount of meditation can be beneficial, even if you can manage just five minutes a day it is better than nothing. Meditation is a learned skill, and the more you practice the better you get at it.

Besides, you don’t have to spend years in meditation practice to reap some benefits. Oftentimes, you will start feeling better after just one session.

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Source by Anita Bern