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4 Meditation Myths, Busted

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4 Meditation Myths, Busted

Have you been wanting to get into meditation but found the whole thing a little bit intimidating? You’re not alone! Here are a few things I’ve learned as I faced my fears and dipped my toes into the meditation pool.

Remember that free meditation tool I shared here a while back? After making my way through the free portions of Andy Puddicombe’s program, I decided to invest in the paid service, too. You know, for research purposes. The free meditations are a set of ten guided ten-minute meditations, and the paid service includes longer sessions that I’m excited to explore! I’m working on the series of 15 minute meditations now and loving it.

Related Reading: 3 Breathing Techniques for Relaxation

Meditation is more than just relaxing. It’s actually physically beneficial. From your central nervous system to improving heart health and promoting better sleep, there are a ton of benefits to working meditation into your day.

What’s so scary about meditation?

Before I decided to jump in and try meditation, I had a few misconceptions about how it works, and I’m betting that I’m not the only one. I thought meditation was strict and difficult. I thought it was kind of uncomfortable – sitting cross-legged on the floor for long periods of time sounded like a recipe for back pain, for example. And turning off your brain? How impossible does that sound?

The truth about meditation is that it’s not about fighting anything, and it’s not about how or where you’re sitting. On the next page, I’ll bust a few of the myths  about meditation that might be roadblocks for you.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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8:04AM PDT on Sep 21, 2014

Thanks for this. Sometimes I feel like my mind is a radio & I can't find the off switch.

11:35AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Thanks! Good tips

7:56PM PST on Dec 31, 2013

thanks for sharing

9:31AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Very helpful.thank you

7:36PM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

I loved this. thanks

12:41PM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

It's more important to practice the not attaching to thoughts and focusing on breathing than to worry about technique. If you are too rigid, I think it gets in the way of the long term benefit.

5:10PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Thanks for sharing

7:28AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Thanks. Now I feel better about not "doing it right."

9:40PM PDT on May 9, 2013

Thanks, this is helpful.

5:50AM PDT on May 4, 2013

The myth I wanted to dispel is that meditation is something that can be separated from our daily experience of life. In fact in those moments when you have single minded awareness it can be said you are meditating. This means playing or listening to music, gardening and exercise can actually be turned into meditative experience if you can enter into a non distracted state of awareness when you do them. Some extreme athletes call this ‘the zone’.

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