Top 5 Myths About Meditation

Meditation Myth #1 – You Don't Have Time to Meditate

We are busy Americans and pride ourselves on how much we can get done. We live in a country 
where a little more hard work can lead to a different situation for our lives. Self-made people are held in high regard. We are so very fortunate to live in a society where we have all this potential. However, it can lead us to feeling that no matter how much we do, it's never enough.

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Meditation Myth #2 – You Can't Change Your Brain

A popular myth about meditation is that it's just something to do for stress relief or to gain a higher spiritual connection, but few people actually realize that meditating can actually change your brain. There is an emerging new field of brain science in fact called “Contemplative Neuroscience,” or the study of meditation's effect on the brain.
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Meditation Myth #3 – You Just Sit There With a Clear Mind

Many people that I talk to say they can't meditate because they can't clear their mind. They say that their minds keep going from thought to thought when they try to sit still. The biggest myth about mediation is that to be good at meditation, thinking will stop. The truth is that no matter who you talk to, everyone has thoughts, all the time. Meditation helps to tame the mind but it doesn't stop thoughts from coming up. Ask a teacher who has been meditating for 30 years what their biggest challenge is in meditating and you will get the same answer: distraction.
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Meditation Myth #4 – You Have to Be Able to Sit Still

Meditation is a great place to learn how to manage discomfort and pain. By sitting through discomfort, we find a way to separate the feeling from the emotion that surrounds the physical signal. It can create quite a sense of accomplishment to watch that itch come and finally go away without responding.
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Meditation Myth #5 – Sitting On A Cushion Is Boring

When someone is meditating, it looks like they aren't doing anything. If they are just sitting there,isn't it boring? And if it is boring, isn't that a bad thing to be bored? Sitting still can be foreign to most people before they start meditating. While it might look like someone who is meditating is not doing anything, they are actually very active.

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Meditation Myth #4 – You Have to Be Able to Sit Still

Meditation is a great place to learn how to manage discomfort and pain. By sitting through discomfort, we find a way to separate the feeling from the emotion that surrounds the physical signal. It can create quite a sense of accomplishment to watch that itch come and finally go away without responding. When your feet fall asleep, it is another opportunity to learn how to deal with pain without the risk of hurting anything since the cause is a pinched nerve, not reduced blood circulation. All that said, the goal of meditation is not to punish ourselves or be cruel. We can wait a moment, try to separate the pain from the emotion, feel the pain as a physical signal and sit with it for a while. Then, we can adjust our position to relieve the discomfort. If the feet fall asleep, you can stand, stretch your legs or sit with your knees bent in front of you. It's ok to move, just do it mindfully. And then, settle back in to your breath.

  ~ Jillian Avey, purelifemeditation.com 

Meditation Myth #5 – Sitting On A Cushion Is Boring

Get-Started-Meditation When someone is meditating, it looks like they aren't doing anything. If they are just sitting there,isn't it boring? And if it is boring, isn't that a bad thing to be bored? 

Sitting still can be foreign to most people before they start meditating. While it might look like someone who is meditating is not doing anything, they are actually very active. They are working their brain by increasing their concentration power. The person meditating might be focusing on relaxation. Or, they might be contemplating something. All of this is active, just not visible. Being present is work. It's not easy and it's definitely not boring. 

  ~ Jillian Avey, purelifemeditation.com