Myths About Meditation

Myths About Meditation

Having an empty mind—no, in fact, when you start meditating, you’ll find its quite the opposite

Sitting in lotus position—no, you can sit on the couch (just don’t lie down, you’ll fall asleep)

Sitting for an hour a day—no, small doses work just fine, (see here and – here)

Chanting in a language I don’t understand—no, not unless you want to

Buddhist, Hindu or religious—no, not unless you make it so

Weird—what’s so weird about sitting and breathing? Besides, US congressmen, NFL football leagues and the US Marine Corps are doing it, how weird can it be?

Wearing robes—what?

“I can’t meditate” because I can’t clear my mind—no worries, while you’re sitting there you’ll experience the noisy chaos of a wound up mind that’s unwinding: tons of thoughts, feelings and emotions. Don’t worry about how you feel during, notice how you feel after and throughout the rest of the day

I can’t sit still—that’s ok, just sit comfortably, fidget if you really need to

I get anxious—that’s also normal, all the junk’s coming up, learn some breathing practices to calm yourself down

I hate sitting still—that’s fine, then go for a walk without your earphones, phone etc; or start with yoga; or do breathing exercises…give yourself time to just “be” without constantly “doing” something

I tried and I hated it—there’s not just one kind of meditation, there’s a whole menu out there, look for the shoe that fits: mindfulness, Transcendental, compassion, mantra, Vipassana, Art of Living breathing practices, yoga nidra, insight, loving-kindness, tai chi etc., etc.… even knitting and gardening

I don’t have time – if you have time to read an article about meditation all the way through, you have time to meditate. Think of all those minutes you waste every day on the internet or watching commercials, you can definitely fit in 20 minutes here or there to give your life a boost! Gandhi is quoted as saying “I’m so busy today, that… I’m going to meditate two hours instead of one.”