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?Meditation is a precise technique of disengaging from the Conscious Mind to attain a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. Click To Tweet
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 :Meditation is an activity which takes you to heightened Consciousness through your Mind Click To Tweet
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
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
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
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 …