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?

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 :

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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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5 Secrets of Your Conscious Mind, You didn’t know

Mind: You know how much I take care of you

Me: Really? How?

Mind: Whenever someone offends you…I keep playing it to you again and again and again till you drop dead…so that you make an entire villian out of the one who offended you (maybe just once) and steer clear from him

Mind: Whenever you go on a diet, I tell you “It’s okay, just a blueberry cheese cake will not hurt”

Mind: Whenever your alarm clock buzzes early in the morning to wake you up for exercising, I tell you , It’s okay, doze off…yesterday was a tiring day…

This used be my regular conversation with my mind till one day I consciously decided not to be game to the lies that my mind told me…In consistently defying its orders and digging deeper, I uncovered the patterns of our mind to which we unconsciously fall prey to…Mind can be our biggest ally or our biggest enemy if left on its own…Here are some facts about the Mind you need to know to make the best possible from your own Mind.

1.) Your Mind thinks You are your Mind

Your Mind thinks your identity, image,what you do, what happens to you is all your Mind…Your Mind is a part of you..You are not your Mind….Your Mind can  tell you umpteen stories which will make sense to you only if you consciously choose to buy them…Your Mind thinks it is super intelligent and responsible for running your Life…But your Life doesn’t run only on logic…it has emotions and feelings which are beyond the Mind’s purview….Look at Google for example….It gives you results based on your keywords… If google starts giving you advice,would you follow it singlehandedly?

The next time your Mind tells you somethings…affirm:

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2.) Your Mind thinks loss of Control means death

Your Mind…all the time wants to control everything…which it obviously cannot but it believes it can…It’s afraid of uncertainty…For your Mind…uncertainty is Death…hence it will scare you to death if you decide to step out of the predictable comfort zone that is within the control of your Mind…Your Mind thinks Change is dangerous because the outcome is unknown…Mind loves to work in repetitive patterns because the outcomes become easily predictable then…

Your Mind believes any new things you try beyond its control will harm you….therefore it gives a strong resistance to any new things you plan to work on , assuming it is protecting you from the harm an uncertain outcome will cause…

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It doesn’t care if what it prompts you to do is for your good or bad…All that is important is control over the outcome…

The next time when a voice in your head snaps… don’t do that…recheck if it’s your intuition or your Mind playing games over loss of control…

 

3.) Your Mind thinks Anger is the best defense

Do you realise …most of the times when you get angry it’s mostly because you do not wish to confront some reality about your own self…Your mind is your protector…it’s primary function is to protect you ..this is a survival mechanism and a part of human evolution…It tries its best to distract you from confronting anything that will cause you pain… and it thinks anger is the best distraction….yes it is….it quickly cuts you off from the root cause and shifts your focus on something more external…

The next time when you get angry,ask yourself…Am I genuinely angry or am I trying to escape from some inner confrontation…

 

4.)  Your Mind thinks your Happiness depends on external conditions

Your Mind is your protector…It wants to protect you at any cost …even if that means keeping you stuck in your comfort zone…controlling every thing…and so on…similarly it doesn’t let you experience happiness unconditionally….Why? Because Happiness is always accompanied by an irrational fear of “this wont last”…

Happiness itself doesn't make you feel safe...the anticipation of Happiness does... Click To Tweet

Thus your Mind keeps creating conditions to base your Happiness on…Whereas Happiness is your natural state…its intrinsic…But Happiness and Safety do not coexist subconsciously…You have to consciously work to make them coexist…

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5.) Your Mind thinks Everything matters

Your Mind has a strong need to control everything to keep you safe…In this attempt it just doesn’t let go of anything…it overthinks and ruminates just about everything…But in the long run ….Nothing Matters…yes…Nothing Matters…The thing that robs you of your peace today might simply not matter at all tomorrow…That offense that you took in someone’s behavior…does it really matter or your Mind is making it matter for you? A lost job, extra weight, a broken heart…will they matter in the long run…And if they matter only till you consciously change the situation, are they worth investing so much of time, emotion and energy on?

Next time you find yourself obsess over something you can die for or kill for…Ask yourself…Is this just a matter of time?..Would it really matter after this time has passed…or in the long run?

Congratulate yourself on your new discovery…after all its just your good old Mind trying to protect you…Pat your back for you have been doing excellent to the best of your capabilities…Smile and tell yourself…Nothing Matters…exhale deeply and rejoice in the moment as these words sink in…

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