What are the thoughts you have around the word “meditation”? Does it invoke a certain person and style? A spiritual man on a mat, eyes closed, in another plane of consciousness for hours on end? If this or something similar to this is what you think meditation is, it is no wonder why some people think that it is just “not for them.” What if I told you that was a myth? In fact, there are 5 myths of meditation I’m dispelling in this post in order to prove that anyone and everyone can greatly benefit their lives from this practice.
MYTH #1: Meditation has to be done while sitting.
Did you know that meditation expands beyond just sitting down in one spot? You don’t have to keep your hands in a specific pose either. You can meditate while:
- Washing the dishes
- Staring at a candle
- Walking/walking a labyrinth
- Saying mantras
- Focusing on your breath
All of these qualify as a meditation practice since the goal is to quiet your mind and create mindfulness. Find your meditation style in this post.
MYTH #2: The goal of meditation is to stop your thinking.
The truth is, meditating isn’t about stopping your thoughts, it is to allow them the space to pass by without judgment. It is a way to quiet your mind despite the fact that your thoughts might still pop up. Having said that, the goal of meditation can vary per person so really it’s up to YOU to create your intention behind your practice. Here is a list that you can choose from as to what it is that you might want from meditating:
- Letting go of judgment
- Quieting the mind
- Loving kindness
- Focusing on breath
- Learning how to be kinder to yourself
- Listening to your intuition
MYTH #3: Meditation should take a lot of time to do.
There is no prize for the person who can meditate the longest. This isn’t a competition nor are there rules to meditating. How much time can you effectively give? What feels right in your current schedule? THAT is your sweet spot. Start with THAT. And always use your own intuition for how much time you might want to increase it to.
MYTH #4: Meditation is just for certain people.
Meditation is not just for the spiritual. Anyone can do it. ANYONE. You don’t need to be in touch with a specific spirituality, it is enough to just want to connect to yourself. And especially now knowing that your practice can be tailored to whatever goal or intention you desire, it’s not just for someone who likes to be quiet either. In fact if you feel restless, you would probably really benefit from meditating.
MYTH #5: There is one correct way to meditate.
There is actually a variety of meditative practices, like:
- Loving Kindness
- Chinese, Hindu, Buddhist…
Not one of them is the “right” way, only the right one for YOU. Explore and experiment with what speaks to you!
Cara Ansis is a Self-Love Facilitator and healer, helping women safely enter their own inward journey towards taking better care of themselves. With a master’s degree in Soul Care, she is a certified Spiritual Director and has had the privilege of working with countless women around the country. With her own profound story of self-healing, she now teaches those everyday techniques, rituals, and tools to enable other women connect with their own healing abilities and radically transform their lives. Cara lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, Matt and their son, Jaxon.