Maybe you’ve given meditation a few minutes of your time here and there, but it’s never really been something you’ve taken seriously.
As good as it might sound to have a monastery’s-worth of inner peace, it’s not really practical for someone like you. You’re not the sit-still type. You’re lucky if you can finish your coffee and get the cup in the dishwasher before you jet out the door to work. And anyway, who can cross their legs and sit that way for hours at a time?
Okay, you know that even though the practice of meditation began thousands of years ago as a spiritual practice, it’s NOT really true that you have to be a guru on a mountain – or even a yoga chick – to meditate.
We’re in the 21st century now (and things have moved on quite a bit), so maybe it’s time to get rid of the meditation myths and get our zen back on…
Meditation Myth No. 1: You need to clear your mind
This one is maybe the most persistent of all the meditation myths. If you’ve ever tried it, you’ll know this is literally impossible. The idea is not to empty your mind, but to slow it down so you can regain a bit of perspective.
Meditation Myth No. 2: You need to sit still for hours on end
Yikes, it makes my spine hurt to even think about it. Anyway, who has that kind of time? It’s better to meditate for 5 or 10 minutes every day than not at all. Just sit somewhere and focus on your breathing. Simple, right?
Meditation Myth No. 3: You need training to do it right
Survey says… Nope! Actually, you can meditate as you walk to the bus or tube station, or when you’re soaking in the tub. Find something to focus on like your breathing or your footsteps. Your mind will wander, but just bring it back to what you were focusing on and… voila! You’re meditating!
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Get ready for less stress. More relaxation. Better health. Increased focus. Enhanced creativity.
All the life-changing benefits of meditation are waiting for you…
Meditation Myth No. 4: It’s too difficult!
This isn’t so much one of the meditation myths, it’s just the whiny part of me (and maybe you too) talking. The only difficult part of meditation is getting started, being willing to DO it that very first time. And speaking of time…
Meditation Myth No. 5: It takes too long
Okay, be honest: How much time did you toss over the Facebook cliff today? How many adorable cat videos did you watch? What about TV? You HAVE the time, girlfriend – so take 5 or 10 minutes to do something that will seriously benefit your physical and mental health.
The secret is to fit meditation into your lifestyle…
- Spend a few minutes in the garden breathing in the aromas around you.
- Close your eyes and listen to the sounds in your neighborhood.
- Take 2 minutes before you get out of bed in the morning to think about the people you love.
They’re all examples of simple, practical methods of meditation, and you don’t have to be a zen guru to achieve any of them.