Meditation Demystified, Top 4 Myths that kept you away from Meditation

In today’s day and age,Meditation is a term commonly used everywhere….There has been a lot of mystery, inaccuracy, contemplation, assumptions and loud thinking around this term…   That is why there is  much confusion about how to practice it correctly. Some people use the word meditate when they mean thinking or contemplating; …some use it to address diaphragmatic breathing or deep breathing…while others use it to refer to daydreaming or visualizing… However, meditation isn’t either of these…

What is Meditation?

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There are different purposes of Meditation and everyone’s objective of Meditation can differ…Similarly there are different types of Meditations as well…There are a lot of misconceptions and myths of Meditation that prevent people from understanding and experiencing it with desirable results…

Here are top 4 myths surrounding Meditation that I came across while teaching or speaking about Meditation.

Myth #1 – Meditation is a Religious or Spiritual practice

Truth :

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It is a practice that transports you from the  noisy chatter of the mind into a place of stillness and silence. It doesn’t require any specific spiritual or religious belief, and many people of many different religions practice meditation without any conflict with their current religious beliefs…. Religious, Spiritual. Agnostics and Atheists can all meditate alike because it is simply exploring deeper levels of Consciousness using your Mind….

 

Myth #2 – Meditation is difficult and not everyone’s cup of tea

Truth:

This myth is rooted in the image of meditation as an esoteric practice reserved only for seers,saints and spiritual adepts. In reality, when you  have guidance from an experienced teacher, meditation is easy and fun to learn.  The techniques can be as simple as focusing on the breath or silently repeating a mantra. One reason why meditation may seem difficult is that you try too hard to concentrate, you’re overtly attached to results, or you’re not sure you are doing it right…Meditation in the right understanding and open mind is not difficult and it will change you as a person in ways you have never imagined…

 

Myth #3 – Meditation requires you to quiet your Mind

Truth:

This is the most common myth about meditation because of which most people give up on Meditation. Meditation isn’t about stopping your thoughts or trying to empty our mind – both of these practices only create stress and resistance. It’s the natural state of Mind to think and if you force the Mind to stop thinking, it will perceive it as death and that’s what puts it into so much pressure with this wrong working…We can’t stop or control our thoughts, and we should never try to do that. Meditation is all about disengaging in your thoughts by being a mere observer of your thoughts and not stopping your thoughts…The objective is to increase the gap between these thoughts and stay there for as much time as comfortable….This gap between thoughts is pure Consciousness….

 

Myth #4 – Meditation gives magical, unearthly,transcendental experiences

Truth:

Most people think they would experience visions, see colors, levitate, hear something, or glimpse enlightenment when they meditate.  Although you can have a variety of wonderful experiences when you meditate, including feelings of bliss and oneness, these aren’t the purpose of the practice for the common man. The real benefits of meditation are what happens in the other hours of the day when we’re going about our daily lives. When we emerge from our meditation session, the stillness and silence of the practice spills over all our activities, allowing us to be more creative, compassionate, centered, and loving to ourselves and everyone we encounter.

Meditation is a lifestyle change with long term benefits…A small 5 minute practice to begin with will create a lot of favourable changes to the core of your being….

Next in the Meditation series would come a blow up of the basic Mindfulness Meditation for beginners …

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Do you keep seeing 11:11 ? This is what it means

Did you notice that whenever your digital clock or mobile screen strikes 11:11…you catch hold of it…Do you wonder what prompts you to look at the clock just at 11:11? Do you find yourself noticing these repetitive number sequences more and more often?

I am totally one of you…I see 1111 not only on clocks, but on number plates of vehicles, cell phone numbers, likes on social media to the extent that the room numbers in my hotel stays were also 111…and this has happened more than once…I dug further in my own life to find even my house no A-803(A=1, 8+0+3=11)…initially I was curious but then it went on to be creepy…It’s scary to be leered in the face by numbers time and again and being totally clueless about what it means….

The skeptic in me said that this is simply the result of self-suggestion… You get the belief stuck in your head that you’ll see more 11s, so your reticular activating system begins finding them in your environment and bringing them to your conscious attention…. Its Law of attraction in action… The more you notice them…the more they bring themselves to your notice….The other part of me believed…there was more to it…It felt as though the Universe was trying to get across something to me…11:11 felt like an insidious doorway…As though reality’s way of inserting a thought virus through a backdoor of your mind into an objective belief system….

I googled about it ..but internet gave me sugar candies that the skeptic in me didn’t buy an ounce…I then did my own little research that husked numerology concepts specifically Pythogorean(Since I know him since school..:P),wheeled through Tarot to understand the connection between Numerology and Symbology and Iconography…and talked to a few people who didnt think I was nuts when I said these numbers stalk me…

Here are my findings…

1.) Synchronicities

I started making note of what happens before and after I see 11:11…I became more aware of my thoughts, feelings and surroundings when I saw 11:11…And I was pleasantly surprised at the chain of synchronicities….Whatever I thought when I saw 11:11 came to fruition if I acted on it…the events that happened after seeing 11:11 also had some connection with 1,11,111 or 1111…It left me totally amazed…

Numerologically… 11 ,considered as a Master Number symbolizes the potential heighten the human experience into the stratosphere of the highest spiritual perception… the link between the mortal and the immortal… between man and the spirit…Precisely that’s why 11:11 is seen as a vital communication between the man and the Universe/Spirit/God/Higher self…whatever you call it…

Keenly observe your surroundings, people, songs, boards, newspaper headlines, someone blabbering on the radio or any audio in the background,strong smells if you have a sensitive nose…in short anything that catches your attention when you see 11:11…Make a note of the chain of synchronicities that happen when you see 11:11…they will serve as clues or pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of picture painted by your dominant thought…this is effectively nothing but means of non-human communication…You can make it symbiotic by engaging further…

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2.) Manifestation

In Tarot 1 is the Major Arcana Magician card…The symbology and iconography of this card is huge…For the purpose of this post…it means a powerful manifestor who can magically manifest his desires through the infinite potential of his Mind denoted by the sign of infinity above the magician’s head…When this card comes up in a reading…the person is congratulated …because it signifies his long standing desires to likely get manifested soon…Thus it has a strong connection with manifestation

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In Tarot the card 11 is the major arcana Justice card…For the purpose of this post it symbolises..”Reap as you sow”…It again talks of manifestation but with a context…Thus the concept of 11:11 is not limited to numerology but extends to Tarot as well where what they symbolise.. collide…

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11:11 is an insidious gateway to manifestation…Stop…and Catch your thoughts while you see 11:11…Positive or negative…whatever the thought be…the probability of the thought turning into reality is way higher when it corresponds with 11:11…It is as though the Universe takes a snapshot of your thoughts at 11:11 and develops it into reality…It’s Universe’s way of telling you..”Beware of what you think ….You are into the Manifestation Zone”

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3.) Spiritual Awakening

11:11 along with other repetitive number sequences is one of the most common signs of spiritual awakening…It makes you acknowledge a realm beyond your certainties….I can vouch for that…

A lot of people I talked to about this, told me that the realization that faith could be two way and that there is a non-verbal dialogue as well as a prelude to their answered prayers/manifestations created a paradigm shift in their lives…and they started focusing less on the mundane and more on the absolute…

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