[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]A[/su_dropcap]s meditation grows in popularity, there are bound to be misconceptions. Most of us think we have a good grasp of what meditation is. However, there are many misunderstandings when it comes to the practice. The mindfulness meditation institute uncovers many of these misconceptions, but we will focus on five:
- It’s too difficult
Try to remember a time when you sat down after a long day of work and just relaxed, taking in the silence and solitude. This is an example of a simple form of meditation. What you are doing is relaxing your mind from the rigorous mental noise of the day. Still, there are a few mindfulness meditation techniques to help you get more out of your practice. Try learning the basics first.
- It’s used to escape reality
Mindfulness meditation actually allows you to see reality without a tainted view. In other words, it calms your mind enough to help you let go of emotion so you can view reality in a more objective way. Remember that mindfulness actually means ‘awareness of reality.’
- It’s too time consuming
This is your practice, therefore you choose the schedule. Committing hours to mindfulness meditation is not necessary; even mediating for five to ten minutes can be beneficial. It’s all a matter of your own available time and commitment.
- It’s the same as any other practice
A number of meditation techniques exist, including transcendental meditation, guided imagery, and contemplative meditation, to name a few. Each has its own unique techniques and goals, so practicing all of them may not bring consistent results. As such, try each method and pick the ones that work best for you.
- It’s a religious practice
Mindfulness meditation requires no doctrine to accept. While some meditation practices are rooted in ancient philosophy, much of itis simply an exercise that allows you to think freely and calmly.
Now that we have cleared up a few things, you can start the practice of mindfulness meditation without hesitation. Remember, that this is your journey to a calmer mind, so make it your own. Pick a form and time that works for you and results will follow.