Dispelling the Myths
Dispelling the Myths
Despite the growing popularity of meditation, prevailing misconceptions about the practice are a barrier that prevents many people from trying meditation and receiving its profound benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. Here are truths behind some misconceptions.
Is meditation difficult?
Meditation is not a complicated practice. Nor is it about “success” or “failure”. Even when meditation feels difficult, you’ll have learned something valuable about the working of the mind and thus will have benefited psychologically.
Is it true that I have to quiet my mind in order to have a successful meditation practice?
Meditation isn’t about stopping our thoughts or trying to empty our mind, it is about being aware of our minds. When thoughts arise, we don’t need to judge them or try to push them away. Instead, we gently return our attention to our object of attention. In every meditation, there are moments, when the mind dips into the gap and experiences the refreshment of pure awareness.
Does it take years of dedicated practice to receive any benefits from meditation?
The benefits of meditation are both immediate and long-term.
You can begin to experience benefits the first time you sit down to meditate and in the first few days of daily practice. Many scientific studies provide evidence that meditation has profound effects on the mind-body physiology within just weeks of practice.
Is meditation a spiritual or
Meditation is not a religion, it is a method of mental training. It is a practice that takes us beyond the noisy chatter of the mind into a place of stillness and silence. It 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 meditators have no particular religious beliefs or are atheist or agnostic. They meditate in order to experience inner quiet and the numerous physical and mental health benefits of the practice.
Is meditation about escapism?
The real purpose of meditation isn’t to tune out and get away from it all but to tune in and get in touch with your true Self—that eternal aspect of yourself that goes beyond all the ever-changing, external circumstances of your life. In meditation, you dive below the mind’s churning surface, which tends to be filled with repetitive thoughts about the past and worries about the future, into the still point of pure consciousness.
Well...I just don’t have enough time to meditate.
Mindfulness practice does not take a lot of time, although some patience and persistence are required. If you really want to make time for meditation, you will. Just like we have time for social media or hanging out, we can squeeze meditation into our daily schedule. We don’t have to meditate for an hour or 30 minutes. Ten minutes is enough every day, and as we feel more comfortable, we can increase the time.