Debunking the Common Meditation Myths - Blog
Debunking the Common Meditation Myths
We inhabit a world of turmoil, both within and outside us. There is rage, there is unfairness, and there is inequality and injustice, perceived or otherwise. People often find themselves in a constant state of highly intense and potentially disruptive emotions. And sometimes it seems there is no way we can control any of it. Or is there? No one has total control over their surroundings but how people react is completely in their control and meditation plays a big role in that.
Research has proved that meditation helps control our thoughts and focuses the mind. This not only helps with inner wellbeing and peace but reflects positively on health too. Regular practice of meditation helps reduce stress, improves lung capacity and decreases blood pressure. As more and more is written about the benefits of meditation, increasing numbers of people are realizing the benefits. This however is not reflected in the number of people who actually spend time meditating or learning about it.
There are many myths associated with meditation. It is our aim to try and debunk those myths here:
“Meditation is not for me”.
Many of us tend to discount the need for meditation and internalizing focus completely. We believe we are doing good as is and that there is no need to learn a new technique to calm the mind. One could not be more wrong! In a world that is increasingly materialistic and goal-driven, the ability to find a space within oneself that is an oasis of calm is a big blessing. One need not have a disease or a condition in the first place to begin meditation.
“I cannot shut my mind”.
Do not underestimate what you can achieve. The mind is the most powerful tool that humans have. The wonders of a focused mind have been well documented and showcased over the years. It is quite possible to learn to meditate with an able teacher. A school of thought exists that asks to keep the mind open to every stimulus in order to meditate. There are multiple meditation techniques around and some of them do propose letting the mind follow every random thought it has. The bottom line remains to focus on everything that your mind experiences, but as a detached person.
“Meditation is difficult”.
This is another common myth about meditation that prevents people from meditating. Contrary to what is perceived, meditation is not that difficult. Controlling our wayward thoughts and directing the mind inwards is what is required. Granted it is not easy, given the fickle nature of the human mind, but it is not tough either. All one needs is constant practice to be able to control the mind. However, meditation is something that needs to become a way of life. It is different from medication in that results are not instantaneous. Results are lifelong and can be life-altering. With experienced facilitators like the ones at InnerCamp, one can very easily get into the practice of meditation.
“I cannot sit still or cross-legged”.
It is not necessary to be able to sit in the lotus position in order to meditate. The point is to keep the spine straight. If that is achieved by sitting on a chair or being supported against a wall, so be it. What one needs is to be in a comfortable position; otherwise the whole point is lost. If one is in pain or uncomfortable, that is all that the mind will focus on. In fact, some proponents of meditation suggest it is not necessary even to close the eyes or be in silent surroundings, or to be confined to a place. Sometimes it is easier to focus on an object with the eyes open. Sometimes the hum of things like the fan or honking of cars, sounds that are so familiar, may help to direct the focus within.
“Meditation is about religion”.
One of the biggest myths surrounding meditation is that it is related to religion. Although there are certain cultures and religions where this practice is more prevalent, ultimately meditation is about calming the mind and focusing it inwards. Whether we believe in a certain religion or another, or do not believe at all, if our mind is in turmoil and distracted, there is very little we can get done.
At InnerCamp we recognize the benefits of meditation, increasingly so in the modern world. Check out our website for more information on various events and programs. We are at hand to guide you to a better way of life.