Don’t let the myths about meditation deter you from trying it. Continue reading to dispel these myths right away! Yes, the benefits of meditation for a calm and healthy mind have been repeated for generations. It is a method for those who practise it on a regular basis to internalise, assess, and control their emotions. However, there is a subset of people who find it tedious. Nonetheless, there is some interest in it, given that it is a buzzword in the health and wellness space.
Myth: My mind is too active for meditation
Because of the nature of the human mind, it will always be busy. We have 20,000-50,000 thoughts per day on average. Don’t let this discourage you from meditating. Don’t let fear keep you from trying.
Myth: Meditation is not a religious practice
Meditation is an ancient practice that crosses all religious boundaries. Yes, all religions mention some form of meditation in their scriptures, but you don’t have to be religious to meditate.
Myth: If I meditate, I will be able to clear my mind of all thoughts
Meditating does not imply turning off your thoughts or emotions. It is about learning to observe them without bias or attachment. You are simply observing your thoughts as a spectator.
Myth: To meditate, you must sit for long periods of time
Once you’ve decided on a meditation style that works best for you, the duration is irrelevant as long as you stick to it.
Myth: To meditate, you must be in Lotus pose/Padmasana
Any pose is acceptable as long as you are steady and comfortable. You could meditate on the floor, in a chair, or even with some yoga props to help your posture.
Myth: To meditate, I need to go to a yoga studio
Mediation can take place anywhere and at any time. It does not necessitate any specialised equipment or a studio setup. You can meditate wherever you are.
Myth: Napping during mindfulness is common
Meditation is not the same as falling asleep. It is staying alert and aware by staying in the present moment. Sleeping during the process indicates a tired mind and body.