A little while ago I shared how my meditation practice is having a profound impact on my life. Of course, everyone's experience is different but I really am an advocate of quiet time as there are just so many benefits it can bring.
The great thing is that it benefits everyone - it's used in schools, with the elderly, in the workplace.
I speak to a lot of people who are interested in trying meditation, but are held back because of misconceptions, and I've come across a few common myths about meditation...
MYTH 1 - It's a religious practice, and I'm not religious
Meditation is simply a practice that takes us into a place of stillness and silence. As much as it can be used as a form of religious worship, it can also be used to simply experience inner calm or improve health. I have seen meditation practices begin for a range of reasons - people who were looking to relieve stress, lower their blood pressure, even to give up smoking (its a great tool for beating addiction!).
MYTH 2 - I can’t stop my thoughts
Meditation is not about not thinking.
We can’t stop our thoughts but we can choose how much attention we give them. Think about it (ha, sorry!), in between each thought we have there is a space. Meditation allows us to access that space more frequently. Thoughts will appear when we meditate, but by choosing to just accept them and bring our awareness back to our meditation, we are choosing to relax the mind and access the space in between thoughts. The more we do this, the easier it becomes.
MYTH 3 - It’s time-consuming
Yes, we are all busy. Never-ending to-do lists, endless responsibilities and things we need to take care of.
Let me ask you this - can you find 5 minutes in your day?
I’m going to make a guess here, and say the answer to that is probably a big fat yes. 5 minutes is all you need to start meditating. You don’t need to sit for 20 minutes. Just start with 5.
There are busy, super-productive CEO’s who haven’t missed a days meditation practice in 25 years. Why? Because when we are living crazy, fast-paced lives, that’s when we need meditation the most. For those few minutes we can jump off the merry-go-round and into a space where time doesn’t exist. We can slow our breathing and lower our heart rate. Regular practice helps us to actually achieve more whilst doing less, as we become more ‘in the flow’.
15 REASONS TO GIVE IT A GO
- Reduces anxiety
- Enhances your immune system
- Lowers cholestoral levels
- Increases blood flow through the body
- Reduces muscle tension
- Regulates breathing
- Reduces headaches and migraines
- Increases energy levels
- Helps heal depression
- Improves focus and mental clarity
- Helps to break addiction
- Reduces cortisol levels
- Promotes better sleep patterns
- Promotes inner peace
- Helps you to be present
So what are you waiting for? Let me know if you have tried meditation in the comments below!