7 Myths about Meditation You Should Know About
“Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.” ~Hugh Jackman
~ Myth # 1: Meditation is Concentration
Meditation is absolute relaxation of the mind. Meditation is letting go of all daily concerns and worries, and when that happens, you are in a state of deep rest. When the mind is relaxed, we can concentrate better.
~ Myth # 2: Meditation Is For Old People
Meditation is universal and is practiced by both young and old people. Meditation adds value to lives of people of all age groups. Just like a shower keeps the body clean, meditation is like the shower for the mind.
~ Myth # 3: Meditation Is Like Hypnotizing Yourself
Meditation is the opposite of hypnosis. In hypnotism, the person is not aware of what he or she is going through. Meditation is complete awareness of each and every moment. Hypnotism takes the person through the same impressions that are in his mind. Meditation frees us from these impressions so that our consciousness is fresh and clear. Hypnotism increase metabolic activity, meditation reduces it.
~ Myth # 4: Sit In The Lotus Posture To Meditate
You can sit in any position that feels comfortable. This helps us to have a deeper experience in meditation. You can sit cross-legged, on a chair, in a sofa – it is fine. Yet when you start your meditation it is good to maintain a posture where the spine is erect and head, neck and shoulders are relaxed.
~ Myth # 5 Meditation Is A Way Of Running Away From Problems
When you meditate, your mind relaxes which gives you the ability to gain clarity and focus. That state can be exactly what you need in order to look at your problems with a different perspective and then find the best available option to solve them. Skills develop in us to handle the situations we’re going through. We develop the ability to accept situations as they are and take conscious action instead of feeling uncomfortable about our past or worrying about the future. Challenges will arise, but we will gain more confidence to move forward.
~ Myth # 6. Meditation, A Religious Practice
Meditation was around way before any known religion. If anything, Meditation brings harmony amongst the different known religions, nations and faiths together. meditation has the ability to bring religions, nations and faiths together.
~ Myth # 7: Meditation Is Thought Control
If there one thing you cannot do, it has to be thought control. In other words, thoughts cannot be controlled. Thoughts come and go as they please. During meditation, you do not long for good thoughts and try to avoid bad ones. You simply witness each thought as it floats in and out of your mind. Eventually, you learn to transcend thoughts and move into a deep inner space of silence.
Adapted from: artofliving.org