With meditation practices on the rise, it makes sense that there is some confusion out there. Myths, misnomers and misinformation are to be expected — but that doesn’t mean we can’t do our best to set the record straight. After discussing things you should know about meditation and ways anyone can learn, next we tackle things people simply keep getting wrong.
1. Myth: You can’t meditate because you think too much.
Everyone thinks too much. But it’s often the people who say they “think too much to meditate” who could really benefit from giving the practice a try. Thinking is a natural and expected part of meditation. Some practices will give you tools for how to redirect your thoughts back to your meditation and others will simply say it’s fine that you’re off thinking. This is all a part of the experience. The practice of meditation is about tuning in — not tuning out.
Some believe that by choosing to redirect your thoughts to a single point of focus you are actually strengthening the muscle that build your brain. This can teach you to react less to stress triggers throughout the day and leave you feeling calmer than before you learned to meditate.
2. Myth: You can’t meditate because you can’t sit still.
For those who struggle with sitting still during meditation, good news! Moving around is totally fine — you can readjust your position,scratch an itch or just stretch your legs out in the middle of your practice. You do not have to be a statue. If you’re in a group class, try to do this quietly so you don’t disrupt other meditators.
For those who need more movement than this, you can try walking meditation. Traditionally, meditation can be practiced in four positions: sitting, standing, walking and lying down. So don’t get down on yourself if you don’t like sitting. Try other methods and find what feels most natural for your body. Continue reading >>