Many people are interested in meditation but feel they would never be able to create or sustain a daily meditation practice for themselves. In this issue I'd like to debunk some myths about meditating.
Myth # 1 – Meditating is Complicated
Fact: Meditation is quite simple – it is the act of training your mind to be present. All you have to do is sit upright and notice your breath. When you find that your mind has wandered away (that you are thinking about something), just say 'thinking' quietly to yourself and come back to noticing (or feeling) your breath.
Myth # 2 – Meditating is Time Consuming
Fact: A good solid meditation practice can be done in 10 minutes a day.
Myth # 3 – It Takes a Long Time to Get Good at Meditating
Fact: No one is good or bad at meditating. The act of sitting and noticing your breath, whether your mind wanders a lot or a little, is meditating. Every time you meditate you train your mind to become present. In fact, any time your mind wanders a lot you get the benefit of more practice in bringing your mind back.
Myth # 4 – It is Hard to Begin a Daily Meditation Practice
Fact: It does take some discipline at the beginning to sit down at the same time and same place each day for 10 minutes. However, after a while it becomes habit and even enjoyable. As you notice the benefits of your practice, you begin to want to meditate each day.