Myths About Meditation

Let’s embark on a journey of exploration and enlightenment as we delve into the practice of meditation. It is time to shed light on the misconceptions that surround this ancient discipline and discover the transformative power it holds. Let’s break free from these myths and embrace the true essence of meditation.

Myth 1: Meditation is a Thing We Do

Actually, meditation (dhyana) is the gift we receive for practicing two things:

  1. Withdrawing our senses from everything around us, and
  2. Concentrating on a single thing.

When we begin to reign in our senses and concentrate on body and breath, we experience moments of stillness of mind. That quietening of the mind is the state of yoga.

Myth 2: Meditation Requires a Completely Empty Mind

One common misconception about meditation is the belief that it necessitates clearing the mind entirely. However, the essence of meditation lies in the redirection of focus and attention, rather than the eradication of thoughts. Through mindfulness, we become aware of our thoughts, observe them without judgment, and gently guide our attention back to the chosen point of focus, such as the breath or a mantra.

Myth 3: Meditation is Only for Spiritual People

Another misconception is that meditation is solely reserved for the spiritually inclined. However, the techniques that lead us to meditation can be practiced by anyone. There are varying different styles of meditation practices and they are accessible to individuals from all walks of life. It does not matter about your personal beliefs; anyone can benefit from the practice of meditation. We can all receive mental and emotional wellbeing benefits.

Myth 4: You Need a lot of Time to Practice Meditation

There is a common belief that meditation demands long periods of dedicated practice. While extended meditation sessions can be beneficial, even a few minutes of regular practice can have a profound impact. Consistency is the key. Ten minutes a day could really make a difference to how you feel. By making it a daily habit, we can reap its rewards.

Myth 5: Meditation is an Escape from Reality

On the contrary, yoga brings us to what is real. Some misconstrue meditation as a means of escaping reality. The truth is meditation invites us to embrace the present moment fully and develop a deep sense of awareness. It equips us with the clarity and resilience needed to engage with life’s challenges and triumphs more consciously. Rather than escapism, meditation empowers us to face reality with openness and authenticity.

Myth 6: Meditation is a Fix for All Life’s Problems

Meditation offers numerous benefits, but it is not a cure-all for life’s challenges. It is not a quick fix or a magical solution. Meditation benefits are more readily experienced with regular practice, patience, and effort. It serves as a valuable tool for personal growth, self-awareness, and stress reduction. It can assist us in making better decisions, managing our stress, and feeling the physical benefits of relaxation.

Establish a regular meditation practice under the direction of a certified yoga teacher.  This will help you embrace the true essence of meditation.  This will guide you to understand that meditation is not about emptying the mind.  It is in fact accessible to all, and can be integrated into your life even with a just a few minutes of daily commitment.   Meditation can help you embrace reality, cultivate awareness, and nurture personal growth.  So, let’s get practicing!

By Rebel Tucker
Yoga Australia Registered Senior Yoga Teacher & Registered Yoga Therapist
Australian Week of Yoga

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