The Biggest Myth on Meditation
There are many misconceptions circulating about what meditation is and how it works. Unfortunately, these myths can keep people from giving meditation a serious try. With the long list of benefits for both mental and physical health to the practitioner, it is a shame to miss out on them. In fact, the benefits don’t even end with your own health. The effects usually bleed over into our environment and the people within it. It is not uncommon for folks who even are in the early stages of their practice to find that their relationships with others are ‘mysteriously’ improving.
So what is the most common myth about meditation? It is the idea that in meditation we sit there and think nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero!
No wonder so many people hear the word meditation and immediately dismiss the idea with a wave of the hand saying “oh my gosh, I could never do that”. It is indeed virtually impossible to think absolutely nothing. It is the nature of the brain itself to have constant activity. So, let’s replace the myth with a true fact. What we do desire in meditation is a state of mind in which we can allow thoughts to come and go, observe their coming and going in a non-judgemental way, and not get hooked by them.
Ironically when we do that, when we do allow thoughts to come and go or float in and out, we cultivate a climate of gentle acceptance. As a result of this observation, the onslaught of thoughts often becomes slower. Peacefulness begins to build. Calmness begins to set in. In this sense, meditation is about changing and improving our relationship with our own minds NOT about stopping the mind in its tracks by switching off thinking.
This sounds a lot more manageable, doesn’t it?
Come try one of our meditation courses at the sanctuary or try out some of our meditation videos by meditating along with us.