by The House of Yoga | 24-07-2019

The practice of meditation has become much more mainstream in the Western culture over the last forty years. It seems like it’s practiced by everyone, from politicians, military personnel,
prisoners, artists, scientists, teachers and business executives.

In spite of the popularisation, there are still some myths concerning this powerful practice. Here are 4 of them:

1) “My mind should stay blank during meditation”
Nope. Your mind “should” not be anything. It could have the tendency to quiet down, because you start relaxing, and thus thinking less. But the beauty of it lies in the awareness of the thoughts arising.

2) “Meditation is for the spiritual or religious ones”
Although meditation was discovered/created with the intention to achieve spiritual goals, there is nothing religious about the technique. Many people practice it just for their health and
wellbeing. So, a Muslim or a Christian can meditate without a conflict with their faith.

3) “Meditation is hard/easy”
Meditation is a process; not a thing in itself. It can be ‘hard’ and ‘easy’ during the same practice. To be able to enjoy that process and let it unfold naturally, try to let go of labelling.

4) “I need to sit in an uncomfortable position for too long”
Not true. The most important thing is to keep your spine straight. You don’t have to sit in a cross-legged position to achieve that, you can sit on a chair for instance.

For more meditation myths, have a look at our talk with Deborah 

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Author: The House of Yoga

Author: The House of Yoga

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