24 Jan Myths and Meditation
Why are there so many myths around meditation?
What am I talking about?
Well, I know you’ve heard of at least one of the following…
In order to meditate “correctly”, you need to light candles, burn incense and sit on a meditation pillow. Oh, and let’s not forget that you need to do it first thing in the morning, for a minimum of 15 minutes. And, in order to really get it “right”, you need to completely clear your mind of any and all thoughts! These crazy myths, coupled with everything else you may have heard before are really a load of bologna and I’m here to set the record straight.
Firstly, your meditation practice should be yours and yours alone! A lot of people tend to hear their friends or co-workers talk about the benefits of meditation and they set out to try it for themselves, only to give up because “it doesn’t work for them”. How many of you have heard that one before? Perhaps, you may even be one of those people that tried it and didn’t think it was really for you.
I’m not here to convince you to do anything (well, maybe just a little). My intention is simply to fill you in on what’s really working!
I have been using my meditation practice (and teaching it) for years and years as a way to get myself grounded and help my clients achieve the same results.
There are so many scientifically proven benefits of meditation. Some of them include:
– reducing stress
– controlling anxiety
– increasing your ability to focus
– reducing age-related memory loss
– enhancing self-awareness
The list goes on and on. People like Oprah, Tony Robbins, and Ariana Huffington are all proponents of meditation because they have seen the difference it can really make in your life! For many of my clients, cultivating a daily meditation practice brings them so much joy and happiness. It’s really about taking a moment all to yourself before you start your day to really get grounded and get present. I mean, don’t we at least owe ourselves that much?
Before you decide to rush off to work or open up your phone to look straight into your inbox, take a moment for yourself. You’re allowed to be just a little selfish, especially if it means that you are going to show up a calmer, more energized and a more present version of you!
Now, going back to making your meditation practice your own – if there is one thing I want you to take away from this blog, it’s this – there are no rules when it comes to meditation!
All you have to do is breathe. That’s it. Breathe in and out and focus on your breath. Notice the air going in and out of your body; notice the soft whistle it makes. Simply stay present with your breath. You don’t have to do it for a certain length of time and you certainly don’t need to try to clear your thoughts! Trying to ask your mind to stop thinking is like trying to ask yourself to stop breathing – it’s just not going to happen. Instead, if you think a thought, acknowledge it for being there and let it go.
It really is that simple.
I encourage you today to try it out for yourself or maybe it’s time to give meditation a second chance. Whether you’ve tried it before or not, I promise you, it’s worth it!
With love and light,