Five Myths About Meditation

Calming the mind is no easy task in our busy world.  With hundreds of things on the brain, it can be a challenge to focus on what is really important in the moment: the actual moment.

Many people have told me they “can’t” meditate.  I thought this for years!  Sitting still and trying not to think about anything seemed pointless… until I actually understood its purpose.

Meditation is meant to clear your mind- hence why it’s so hard for some people.  Once you can get into the moment, you’ll find how beneficial, comforting, and relaxing meditation is for you.  I promise, once you learn how to meditate, you won’t look back!

There are many common reasons that people simply never start meditating.  Here are a few myths that may have prevented you from a regular meditation practice. 

1) In order to meditate, you must sit still in a quiet room.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to sit still to meditate!  Many find the same calming sensation through running, yoga, crafts, and other hobbies.  

2) Meditation is a New Age fad.

Meditation has been around for thousands of years.  Despite the New Age popularizing the practice, it’s far from a new fad.  It has many health benefits in addition to mental clarity, too!

3) Meditation is religious.

Although meditation is a spiritual practice for me, it is not religious.  My practice has nothing to do with a higher power, although it does help me connect with my higher consciousness and intuition. 

4) Meditation takes too much time.

All you need is a few minutes!  Think about how much time you wasting worrying, planning, and wondering.  Imagine being able to do all of your daily obligations with a clear head and calm spirit.

5) Meditation requires rituals or spiritual practices in order to work.

I’ve seen many books, videos, and tips on meditation techniques.  These are great suggestions! However, they’re not necessary for your own meditation practice.  In fact, not all of them work for me.  I find that sitting in nature, relaxing in a comfortable space at home with incense, or closing my eyes while sitting on the train is just as effective as following a guided meditation or following a ritual.  

If you’re able to calm your mind, you’re already on the right path!


About Kristin Fehrman

Writer in Boston.
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