Despite the practice itself dating back centuries, there are still a number of meditation myths and misconceptions out there. In this post, we’re going to tackle 5 of the more persistent ones, and bust them as best as we can.
Meditation Myths and Misconceptions
Meditation has been around for a very long time, and over the years, it’s been adopted by cultures across the world in different forms. It’s gained significant popularity in the modern age, with countless working professionals incorporating meditation into their daily routines, as a way to combat stress, improve their sleep patterns, their ability to focus, and more. To put this into context, the top 10 meditation apps saw 52 million downloads last year alone!
At Mindhouse, we’ve naturally stumbled across a number of these meditation myths over the past several months. We’ve shortlisted 5 that stood out, and have tried our best to dispel them. If you’ve believed in any of these before, that’s all about to change!
#1: Meditation takes up too much time
We can largely attribute this idea to the furiously busy pace of modern life. However, meditation doesn’t actually need a huge time commitment! The science shows that even just 20 minutes of mindful meditation each day can begin to show positive results in just a few weeks. Failing that, even 5 to 10 minutes a day is a great place to start.
#2: Meditation is a religious practice
One of the more common meditation myths out there. Meditation is purely a mind-training exercise, which provides immense physiological and psychological benefits, irrespective of your religious or spiritual inclination. The modern meditation techniques offered by most apps and modern studios today, including Mindhouse, are also non-religious, and there is enough and more scientific proof of their effectiveness.
#3: Meditation is useful only when you feel stressed
We all take the time to exercise regularly for physical fitness, because we know that regularity is the key to a fitter, healthier body. Similarly, meditation is simply a workout for your mind! A one-off meditation session during a period of great stress can certainly help calm things down at the time, but the ongoing benefits will only be seen with regular practice.
#4: You need to completely alter your lifestyle to meditate properly
We promise – you don’t need to change a thing! Meditation is a way to help you connect with yourself, and work towards a state of mental and emotional calm. No matter your habits, dietary or otherwise, you don’t need to alter any of them to make meditation a part of your daily life. At the end of the day, meditation is a way to make time for “me time”, to be present with your own thoughts, and shut out the noise of the outside world. The only rule, if any – turn up every single day.
#5: Meditation is boring!
As meditation myths go, this one seems to be one that endures the most. Meditation is so much more than merely sitting in silence. If you’re the restless type, there are plenty of active and engaging techniques on offer, such as Visualization and Breathwork, that actively stimulate your mind and body and keep you active. Some meditations use music to set the scene for the exercises you’re going to do, so you don’t even need to end up sitting quietly the whole time. A great way to start is to pick a class that seems interesting to you, and we guarantee you won’t even notice where the time goes!
At its core, meditation is simply a great form of exercise for your mind. Regular practice makes you more calm, focused and patient, while also helping to improve your sleep patterns. And there’s no shortage of techniques and tools available, to help keep things consistently fresh. Now that we’ve cleared all that up, you’re all set to take the first step on your very own meditation journey – and you can start right here!