Meditation, a term loosely used in our modern world usually to refer to thinking or contemplating and is often a concept confused and placed at the scrutiny of humans. It is in a true sense a precise technique for relaxing the mind and achieving a state of consciousness that is completely different from that of the normal waking state. Most importantly, it is a means of comprehending all the degrees we can expand and finally experiencing the center of consciousness within. It shouldn’t be confused as a part of a particular religion or faith because it is more like science, with definite principles, procedures, and results which are subject to verification.
Today it has made a big leap in terms of its popularity. While most of it is in positive light, yet a lot of potential meditators still have some preconceived wrong notions about meditation. So here we will break down some of the top misconceptions about Meditation.
Requires years of practice to perfect it
Yes, it is true that ‘practice makes a man perfect’ but here the case is quite different. Practice is paramount but that it takes years to get good is wrong. We don’t blame you because of course that’s what the pop culture shows, sages and monks going away up in the mountains for years and then achieving true wisdom to perfect meditation. However, in truth, the benefits from meditation can be achieved from Day 1 itself, provided you do it correctly. You don’t have to dedicate your life to get better at meditation. Just better up your techniques.
Can’t think about nothing
Most people have the idea that meditation is all about conceiving your mind blank. Many people face difficulty right here and then start feeling bad about not being able to clear their mind. However, it is not so, it is more like cutting yourself some slack to guide your mind around. The process howsoever peaceful, is an active one. Its not about sitting with a blank mind, instead is about leading your mind towards more awareness, consciousness and choice.
Too time consuming
Yes, initially, it is noticeable that meditation might consume more time than it normally takes, so you begin to question how to set aside even 10 or 20 minutes when you don’t have even a minute to spare. But if you carefully notice meditation actually adds up extra time to your day rather than consuming. But it is only possible when you have learned to control your mind and keep yourself away from activities that distract. Then you will feel more rejuvenated and energized, allowing you to tackle your work with more vigor.
Only for religious/spiritual people
This maybe one of the most known misconception. It is the general notion that people who are more religious or spiritual are the better practitioners of meditation also that is why often associated with religious traditions. But you have to pay attention to the fact that meditation in its true sense is non-sectarian, non-religious, and non-theistic. It is a mental exercise. Science has proved it to be beneficial on wide range of different patients such as PTSD, high blood pressure, ADHD and even Cancer patients. It is truly a powerful tool for human mind and body irrespective of any spiritual views.
Only about stress reduction
It is a known fact that meditation reduces stress, nonetheless, there’s more to it. There is definitely reduction in stress from Day 1 but it also gives you a window into your mind thereby allowing you to connect more directly with your life and day to day experiences. Improves your physical strength exceedingly. Makes you a better communicator and a more productive person in all your fields.
Russell Simmons said, “Meditation can reintroduce you to the part that’s been missing.” So its honestly time to let go of these misconceptions and honestly, keep calm and choose meditation.