Part of participating in the 21 Day Meditation Challenge is that I get emails, with insight articles on meditations. Which I can share with you. Today’s post is inspired by one such email. There are many fabrication and confusion with meditation. Some may write it off as frilly or unnecessary or something that is just not ‘right for me.’ Meditation can be for anyone. Let’s blow up these myths of meditation.
- Meditating is Hard: like when I first started practicing yoga, my problem was that I was trying. I wanted to be the best or get praise for doing it ‘right’ rather than concentrating on just doing my best and connecting mind and body. We make meditation harder by focusing on the results or that we’re doing it wrong or we put too much effort in concentrating so that it is impossible to do thus. We may think meditation are for yogis and the religiously dedicated. But meditation can be for all. It can be as simple as focusing on breathing. Stop trying to do it.
- You’ve got to shut your mind up to be successful: Meditation is not about emptying our heads, it’s about deciding how much attention we give to our thoughts. We can choose to focus on the silences in between thoughts. As I’ve seen with Dr Dyer, this can also be referred to as in ‘the gap’. In theses silences we can find: peace, consciousness, and purity. When thoughts arise (which they do) we don’t push them away, but focus our attention back on our object. With more practice, there will be more time spent in the gap.
- It takes years to benefit: Sometimes just one session can give a boost. A Harvard study showed how just eight weeks of meditation not only can help reduce stress and anxiety, but also led to brain growth in areas specializing in sense of self, memory and empathy.
- Meditation is an escape route: Meditation is the opposite of this. It helps you connect with yourself, your true, highest (best) self.
- I don’t have enough time: I think we try to use this excuse whenever possible. It’s about prioritizing. Just a few minutes of your oh so precious time is all it takes to work in some daily meditation.
- Meditation is a spiritual or religious belief: people from all over the world, from all walks of life, from all religions and practicing, and even the non-practicing meditate. If the thought of it being a spiritual or religious practice bothers you, practice from the aspect of it be good for mental and physical health.
- Transcendence is a necessary part of meditation: it’s not all about what happens when we are meditating, like we’re going to automatically reach intergalactic oneness or enlightenment or nirvana, it’s about what happens the rest of the day. Let’s end this with Chopra:
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, centered, and loving to ourselves and everyone we encounter.