An astonishing fact is that most of the people all over the world mistake meditation to be a process where you sit in a quiet space, murmuring ‘Om’ and voila! All your problems solved!
Whereas, the real process looks like it on the outside but there is much more to meditation than the common masses misunderstood. The entire experience of contemplation, as well as the benefits, are somewhat underrated. The reason behind this is the lack of awareness rampant in this mechanical world where happiness merely means materialistic things. This calls for a reality check and time for some enlightenment. So, building on that, let us take a look at some common meditation myths and the reality behind them.
Myth-1: Meditation is all about evacuating the mind.
Did you know that there are millions of thoughts running in the human mind at a time? It’s practically impossible to empty out the mind in the initial stages of meditation. The initial aim of meditation is to calm the mind. When a newbie starts to meditate, the opposite can happen. Thoughts can come flooding into the mind.
When thoughts start to pour in, make sure you don’t work hard to drive them away. They are an integral part of the human mind. You have to understand that it’s completely natural to have thoughts crawling even if you are trying your best to calm down. However, make sure you steer clear of any negative thoughts including jealousy, sadness, anger, fear, and doubt. Believe in yourself and realize that you are worthy of living the life you desire.
Myth -2: Only lotus position is correct for meditation
The only rule according to ancient yogic scriptures regarding meditation is that the head is supposed to be erect along with the neck and torso in a comfortable position. You can sit on the floor, couch or a chair according to your convenience. However, if possible, avoid lying down as you might fall asleep. The most important requirement for meditation is the subject’s comfort.
Even though the position and how you are physically placed in space matters, you don’t have to fret over it to an extent that you nullify the entire enlightenment session you were hoping for. As long as you follow the basic posture and relax your mind and body, you are good to go. Think of it like untying a very tight knot. Once you untie a rope, it’s free for any kind of movement. Similarly, when you untie your body from pressure and your mind from negativities, you can feel the positive energy moving freely inside your mind and body.
Myth-3: Meditate at least for one hour per day.
When you are getting started, even short sessions help. Even though most people manage to scale up the duration, it’s not a mandatory requirement for you. The time spent in maintaining a stable and calm state of mind is more important than the duration spent sitting in the position. It doesn’t matter even if you sit with your eyes shut for an hour.
If you are wondering about the chores for the next day or are stressed out about your life during that one hour, the entire experience is nothing but a waste of time. On the other hand, if you focus on relaxing your mind and body and can retain that state for even 10-15 minutes, you will notice the change once you come back to your world. Once you realize that you are making progress, gradually scale up the timing.
Myth-4: Meditation is religious.
Even though some meditation procedures have their root in religious scriptures, meditation isn’t a religious practice. A calm mind does not necessarily have to make an association with religion.
When you take a look at someone else’s activities or actions, you shift into space where you allow yourself to pass judgment. That’s exactly the time when you need to refrain yourself from that temptation and rise above it. Your duty in such instances is to enable others to find a way to evolve themselves.
Nothing good ever happens when you impose your thoughts onto another human being. Even if you manage to do so, you will be expanding their consciousness. You can’t make another person believe as you do. Believe in who you are and live truthfully according to the same. This way, you get to stay in high vibrational energy.
People all over the world are always undergoing the process of evolution. You can show them the correct path or make some changes. However, that doesn’t mean you can cause hem to shift to a comparatively higher vibrational state. Give them a gentle choice and let those interested follow through.
There might come a time where you might feel along and feel that people don’t agree with your thoughts and beliefs. But you should know that like everything in this world, this situation is not permanent. Get the best outcome of your present connections and keep space for more from the future to come!
Wrapping It Up
Everyone has a different experience when they meditate. I have seen people who can stay calm during the entire experience and then rise to an optimum emotional level to help them lead a better life. On the other hand, for some people, the transition to a carefree personality is not as easy as it is for others. Sometimes, when a person is deep into meditation for the first few times, they weep unconsciously as they gradually let out all the negative energy, thus, preparing to rise above who they used to be.
Meditation doesn’t change who you really are. It retains your innate traits, only to uncover the best version of you. When you decide to inculcate this into your lifestyle, make sure you are patient during the process. It might not happen overnight, but if you are consistent with your resolve, you can unleash the true power and potential that lies hidden within your soul.