7 Myths About Meditation Everybody Needs To Know

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Myths About Meditation

Let’s bust these 7 myths about meditation once and for all! Are you in? Let’s go!

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

Meditation, a topic near and dear to my heart!

I am a meditation junkie!

Always, I find everything about meditations quite fascinating!

I love talking about it, learning about it, practicing it, creating it!

And speaking of creating meditations, here’s a short one I did a while back:

All and all, I am a big meditation lover 🙂

However, interestingly enough, when I talk to people who are not familiar with meditation, they seem to have a weird misunderstanding about what meditation is all about.

I Call these the Myths about Meditation!

Below you’ll learn about not one but 7 most common myths about meditation.

Myth # 1: Meditation is Concentration

Oh my gosh, for realz?

This is far away from the truth!

Matter of fact it’s so untrue, it not even funny!

The reality is when you meditate, your mind becomes more relaxed.

The foundation of a good meditation session is to let go of all daily concerns & worries and cultivate a state of deep rest and relaxation.

Myth # 2: Meditation is for Old People

What?

When did eating, drinking, breathing become age specific? Don’t be agest LOL!

OMG, when one of my friends asked me if that was true I about fell off my chair! Meditation is practiced universally by groups of all ages. Meditation is beneficial for people of all age groups.

Myth # 3: Meditation is Like Hypnotizing Yourself

For goodness sake, seriously!

If there’s one thing meditation is the total opposite of, it’s hypnosis.

When a subject is under hypnosis, he/she have no clue what they are going through. On the other hand, when practicing meditation, the participants have heightened levels of self and surrounding awareness.

Myth # 4: Sit in The Lotus Posture to Meditate

Out of all the myths about meditation, this is my favorite.

I’d love to meet the person who made this one up!

In meditation, you could lay down, or sit in any position that feels comfortable to you.

And while sitting crossed-legged is the most famous position amongst meditators, the golden rule here is to be comfortable while practicing.

I have been meditating for twelve years now and I have done it while cross-legged, laying down on a mat, sitting in a chair, or even resting in my recliner chair.

Myth # 5 Meditation is A Way of Running Away from Problems

Untrue!

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 challenges with a different perspective and then find the best available option to solve them.

Myth # 6. Meditation, A Religious Practice

HA!?

Meditation was around way before any known religion.

If anything, Meditation brings harmony amongst the different known religions, nations and faiths altogether.

Myth # 7: Meditation is Thought Control

WHAT?

If there one thing you cannot do, it has to be thought control.

Simply put, you cannot control your thoughts.

Thoughts are very fluid; they 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 inner silence.

Ps. I love how the infographic below summarizes the above-mentioned myths about meditation in one nice poster!

Let’s take a look together:

7 Myths About Meditation Everybody Needs To Know
Myths About Meditation infographic
Myths About Meditation Infographic

(H/T artofliving.org.)

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Also, please let me know your thoughts in the comments section. Maybe share with me what other myths you have heard about meditation.

Much Luv,
Zane

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  1. I agree with Myth #4 the most because it was something I had to personally demyth by myself. For years, I was very uncomfortable in the lotus position and I was exhausted with it. I happened to continue my meditative state while drifting into sleep one night and it was the best meditation experience I’ve ever had. Till this day, I still meditate laying down on my back and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Thanks for sharing this wonderful article Zane and keep up the great work!

    Vishva

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