While there are many myths surrounding the practice of meditation, we would like to take down our top 5…
Meditation Myth #1 – Meditation is a religious activity.
Reality: It’s up to you. Meditation is a tool for you to use however you like. The US Marine Corps uses meditation and they are not religious. You can choose your reason for meditating. You can choose your style. A significant effort has been made study meditation and its effects scientifically. It has proven effective in a huge range of contexts and using a wide range of techniques.
Meditation Myth #2 – It takes years to get any benefits.
Reality: Meditation has both immediate and long-term benefits. While the immediate benefits are easily recognizable, research also shows that meditation brings great physical and mental health benefits after even as little as 8 weeks of practice.
Meditation Myth #3 – I can’t meditate because I think too much.
Reality: Everyone thinks too much. Practicing meditation can help anyone who is willing and those who “think too much” may receive much greater benefits.
Meditation Myth #4 – You must sit in the Lotus posture to meditate.
Reality: Although the Lotus position offers many scientific benefits, any comfortable position is okay. As long as you maintain a posture where the spine is erect and head, neck and shoulders are relaxed.
Meditation Myth #5 –You have to empty your mind to meditate.
Reality: People attempting to empty their minds are often thwarted because our minds are rarely at rest. Does this mean meditation is futile? Of course not. The key is not to block our thoughts, or empty our mind, but rather to allow each thought to come and go.