Meditation is somewhat of a buzzword in the wellness industry. We all know it is beneficial for our mental well-being (countless studies have proved this), but many of us still can’t seem to find the time.
Why is this? Could it be because there are several myths surrounding meditation? Below we bust some of the common meditation myths.
You have to completely clear your mind
When many people picture meditation, they imagine a serene person with a totally empty mind. It’s no surprise then that when we come to try it ourselves, we become frustrated by the fact that we can’t seem to stop thinking.
The truth is, it is incredibly difficult to control your thinking, and this isn’t what meditation is about. Rather than focusing on clearing your mind, try to become an observer. Take a step back and notice where your thoughts go. Relinquish control and simply observe.
You have to meditate for hours
Another common myth is that meditation must take hours to be beneficial. This is untrue. Sure, some people may choose to meditate for long periods of time, but you don’t have to (especially when starting out!).
When you first start meditating, try doing it for 5-10 minutes at a time. If you want to, you can then increase the time, but you should never force yourself.
You have to chant
Some meditation methods suggest chanting a mantra, but not all styles require you to. Mantras can help you to keep focused and relaxed, but if you don’t feel comfortable you can chant in your head or not at all. Many styles, like mindfulness, don’t require any form of chanting.
How to build your own at-home meditation practice
- Set a meditation time when you won’t be distracted.
- Create a comfortable space, you may want a cushion for comfort.
- Try following an app or online guided meditation at first until you feel comfortable going solo.
- Try to be consistent to make it a habit, aim for once a day but even once a week is beneficial.
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