Meditation is what changed my life. Meditation is what gave answers to my many questions. Meditation is where I find peace and took time to think and analyze.But that did not make me seasoned Yogi or I can sit through meditation hours and hours. I still struggle sometimes or sometimes it is very easy. But I have not denied the meditation.
When I introduced Meditation in my teaching and offerings. I got a good response. People loved it. But felt that few people were always hesitant for even trying Meditation. The reasons they always mentioned was what I felt the Myths or misconceptions they have around meditation.
The myths are myths because we have not let ourselves break misconceptions and try out which is not in our comfort zone.
Here are the common misconception or Myths which I came across
1. I can’t concentrate
Many times, my clients said they don’t want to join Meditation session because they can’t concentrate or focus.
As I clarify this, Meditation is not about concentration or focusing. Once my teacher said, in modern society where efficiency is important, we have become too good in focusing. But meditation is not about focusing but about defocusing.
Defocusing is not distraction but defocusing is about being aware of surrounding while we focus on something.
Yes, very often in Meditation it is asked to concentrate on breathing, feeling, sensation, thoughts etc , but it is to clear mind with thoughts of past and future and bring you to present moment.
Meditation is not concentration: Concentration is a result of Meditation. ~Yog Bhooshan Maharaj
2. I cant sit still
In many meditations, it has been asked to sit at one place and one of the reasons being, when you sit straight and keep back/spine upright, then energy flow from spine is better and help you to keep alert. Initially, it would be difficult, but practice will make it easy.
And still, if you find it difficult, then there are different types of meditation where you don’t have to sit e.g: Dynamic meditation, dance meditation etc.
Meditation is being tune with our inner energy source.
3. I can’t control my thoughts
Again, Meditation is not about controlling thoughts or stopping them, but in fact meditation is all about letting go of your thoughts. That means let it flow, analyze them and bring awareness. Bringing awareness will help to understand which thoughts are troubling, what are worries, are you just overly thinking, are you stuck in any bad memories? These are the awareness you create during meditation but not by controlling them but letting them flow in and releasing them
True Meditation is letting go of manipulating our experience… ~Adyashanti
Meditation is religious practice