Busting Meditation Myths

"You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour."

It's easy to think that meditation just isn't for you. I often hear from others that they just can't sit still for more than 5 minutes, or you have too many thoughts racing through your mind.

Before I began meditating daily, I had similar fears and misconceptions. Truth be told - I didn't start a regular meditation practice until 2 years ago, so I remember the struggle I had in seeing myself as a meditator.

So, in today's newsletter I'm going to do some meditation myth-busting. And, even if you have a strong meditation practice - I encourage you to share this list with one person in your life who believes they can't meditate and watch the magic happen.

Here are 5 biggest areas of confusion around meditation:

1. Myth: I have to sit completely still during meditation.
Truth: You don't need to be a Buddha statue to meditate! You can move as much as you need; it's important to listen to your body. For example, at Anchor we have comfy chairs and cushions to keep you supported in your practice.

2. Myth: Meditation will conflict with my religion.
Truth: While meditation draws it's roots from Buddhism and Hinduism, and has been used by all major religions throughout history, it is practiced by a diverse group - from monks to CEOs to home dwellers.  Meditation has nothing to do with your beliefs or faith.  It gives you the tools to help you act in accordance with what you already know to be true.

3. Myth: I'm not supposed to have any thoughts when I meditate.
Truth: It is human nature for thoughts to arise at any given moment. Meditation is the practice of being present and gently guiding our minds into focus when it strays.

4. Myth: It takes a long time to get good at it.
Truth: Meditation is the simple act of being mindful - anyone can do it. While it does get easier to focus your practice over time, you don't need any fancy tools to get started.

5. Myth: I have to be alone to meditate.
Truth: Though many people like to meditate alone, meditating in a group creates a wonderful built-in support system.  Meditating in a group enables you to feel a real connection with others by tapping into the same silence and source of peace at the same time.  More on the benefits of group meditation in next week's newsletter!