|Misconceptions & Myths About Meditation|
1) MISCONCEPTIONS OF CONTEXT
- Meditation is a spiritual/religious practice
- I need to follow certain rituals, wear certain clothes, burn incense, etc.
- I need to be in a temple or a special place.
- It takes years to get any benefit.
- Meditation will make me want to abandon my life and become a monk.
- I need a master to meditate.
- Meditation is selfish.
- Meditation is escapism / running away from problems.
2) MISCONCEPTIONS OF METHOD
- Meditation is just relaxation.
- Meditation is like self-hypnosis.
- Meditation is effortless.
- Meditation is all about being in the present moment.
- Meditation is all about calming the mind.
- Meditation and mindfulness is the same things.
- Meditation is one thing; daily life is another.
- I must close my eyes to meditate.
- Meditation requires chanting mantras.
- Meditation is like sleep.
- Technology can put me into meditation.
- Psychedelic Drugs are an easy way to arrive at meditation.
3) MISCONCEPTIONS OF HARDSHIP
- Meditation is hard.
- Meditation is fighting with thoughts / emptying the mind.
- I need a quiet mind in order to meditate.
- I need to sit in the lotus position to meditate.
- I have ADHD/ADD… there is no way I can meditate.
- I don’t have time to meditate.
- I’m supposed to have visions or develop psychic powers through meditation.
- Meditation is boring.
4) MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT EFFECTS
- Meditation will make me ‘zone out’ during my day.
- Meditation will make me emotionless.
- Meditation is about feeling good.
- Meditation is all I need.
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