Updated: Jun 6, 2021
Getting Started with Mindfulness Meditation!
You may have questions about Mindfulness and Meditation, I have got you all the answers. Meditation and Mindfulness go hand in hand! Although there is a minute difference between the two.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. It is broader and helps you focus internally and externally, & can be practiced anytime, anywhere!
What is Meditation?
Meditation isn’t about evolving yourself into a different person altogether. It nowhere means that you are being transformed into a new person or a better person. Understand, it is about creating awareness in you – about who you are, not about what you should be!
Meditation is creating a healthy sense of how you see things around you in a positive way. Well, Meditation takes Mindfulness to a deeper level. Meditation is practiced more deliberately and formally.
How do I practice mindfulness and meditation?
Mindfulness resides with us in every moment, whether through meditations, or mindful moment practices like taking time to pause and breathe when the phone rings instead of rushing to answer it. Well, if you are a newbie and want to learn the true essence of Meditation, then click here. In this article, we will unleash some myths about Meditation.
Myths about Meditation
1. I don’t know, how to do Meditation
Most of us fear that we are doing Meditation the wrong way. But Meditation is simply paying attention to your own breath. Actually, you can meditate anytime and everywhere under any circumstances. It’s just awareness!
2. To Meditate – I will have to stop thinking!
Well, the truth is – It is impossible to completely stop thinking. Even the people who are experts in Meditating can only reduce their level of thinking. Thinking while meditating is not a problem, it's totally normal. Just keep practicing Meditation on a regular basis and slowly you will learn to be more aware of your thoughts.
3. Meditation means sitting in an awkward position that requires you to be flexible
Some people do that but it's totally a stereotype. This stereotype of Meditation posture is not a reality for most people. You can meditate sitting in a chair or lying down or even while standing or walking. It's ideal if you are in a comfortable position while meditative.
4. Meditation is Religious or Spiritual
Each and every religion in the World have some form of practice that is Meditative. Every religion calls it by different names. Meditation has now become secular and mainstream, which means it's not religious or spiritual unless you want it to be.
5. I don’t like people around me to hear me chanting “Om”
Some people include vocalization in their Meditation sessions by chanting the sound of “OM”. But you don’t have to chant the same if you find this awkward. Remember, Meditation is creating awareness about yourself - you can simply close your eyes and focus on your Breaths.
6. People who Mediate are always peaceful
This is a major myth that statistically someone who meditates regularly is more likely to feel content, peaceful, happy, and focused. But this is not the truth, they may also face stress, anger, and occasionally go squirrel-minded. It's just with Mediation, they know how to deal with them in a more peaceful way.
7. You have to be relaxed to Meditate
Another misunderstanding is that you have to be relaxed in order to meditate. People who have anxiety and stress can’t meditate. This is not true! In fact, People who are anxious or are facing attention deficit can actually be benefited from Meditation. Meditation helps them to channelize their energies to a peaceful path.
There’s nothing such as you are Meditation Perfect!
Well, sometimes you may lose your focus, or you will just forget to follow your breaths. It’s totally OK. What matters is that you keep on trying to meditate regularly. You have to start enjoying the journey, more than the destination.
The nattering, chattering voice in our head seems never to leave us alone. Isn’t it time we gave it a little break? Facing setbacks is a part of the process. You are already doing great, by just showing up here! Keep practicing!
I am a bird who's flapping her wings to fly high. I’m the mindset coach behind Girl with Vision. I love to gather information as much as I can about everything and love to frame them in my articles. Writing makes me feel lighter & happier.