Myths About Meditation

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There are times when our body is so overwhelmed with stress and the pains of living that all we need is the tranquility of silence. That’s where meditation comes in. We have to take moments to let our mind experience calmness. We’re often so busy we forget to pause and simply meditate. I’m talking about an exercise that is more beneficial to our existence as human beings.

If you’ve done meditation before or currently do, it’s not uncommon to hear some far-fetched stories about what it is. Or what it means or does to the mind and body. Misconceptions and myths are everywhere. Meditation is not left out.

As with everything else, people fear what they cannot grasp or understand. Rather than learn or ask, they spread myths around. This article is aimed at debunking the myths arising out of ignorance.

What you should know about meditation?

Perhaps the myths about meditation stem from the fact that there is no widely accepted definition. It shouldn’t deviate from the crux of the matter though, because meditation is something we can’t put in a box. Meditation is an art. It involves submitting yourself: body and mind to focus.

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The word “meditation” comes from meditatum, a Latin term that means “to ponder.” It’s a way to maintain and improve awareness and attention in the ‘here and now’. It’s okay to think about the future, but we should embrace the present.

History of meditation

Meditation began a lot of years ago. It’s not a novel practice. Historians claim it has always been an important part of the earliest forms of the Vedic, or early Hindu, schools in ancient India.

It is also believed that as far back as the 6th to 4th centuries BCE, the Chinese Taoist and Indian Buddhist traditions began to create and define various meditation practices.

In the West, it is claimed that historical figures such as St. Augustine, Philo of Alexandria and the Desert Fathers of the Middle East, had a say in the origins of meditation.

Benefits of meditation

Meditation has several benefits, but here are some few important ones.

  • Meditation helps reduce stress

Sometimes we want to just look for a place to wind down. We think we need a drink or two, or a chat with friends. The truth is that we need time to take stock of the moment alone. We don’t have to panic about everything.

When you feel stressed out, all you have to do is meditate to relax the mind and body. When we are stressed, our body is automatically tensed up. This has a bad effect on our brain and thought process. It makes us anxious in the long-term. Meditation will ease things up.

  • Helps you focus

We all need focus. Everything we do demands some form of determination and perseverance. Meditation will improve your cognitive ability. There are different ways you can meditate to increase focus. The Sufi meditation, Hindu meditation, and Vipassana are just a few. You’ll achieve a lot by getting that mind to focus.

  • Meditation helps you deal with addiction

Addiction is never easy to get out of. It takes great willpower to overcome. With the power of meditation, the chains of addiction can be broken. Vipassana meditation is particularly useful to people with issues like alcoholism and drug addiction. A focused mind committed to getting rid of an addiction is the key.

  • Meditation increases creativity

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve heard about someone famous who just can’t do without meditation. That’s because it boosts creativity. It helps them stay focused and fixed on what they want to accomplish. Meditation helped them find creative ways to do amazing things.

5 common myths about meditation

  • Position

Since meditation transcends the physical, why should any position you adopt matter? It doesn’t matter whether you stand, sit, lay or crouch. The most important thing is to stay positive. Any other thing is secondary.

  • It’s a religious practice

This comes off as laughable really. No doubt, meditation is not a religion or a religious practice! Rather, it cuts across all kinds of religions. Whether you’re a Christian or Buddhist, you can meditate and experience its benefit.

  • Meditating for long hours to avail the benefits

If that’s the case, I reckon some people are in the grave still waiting. The fact is, you can’t put the time factor on meditation. It’s all about being effective and knowing what you want. You can spend 4 hours thinking you’re doing a good job. Another spends considerably lesser and achieves a lot.

  • It takes years to feel the benefits

No. It’s not instant, but years? Come on! Many people attest to seeing results within minutes. You can count on the effects to begin to show. You only have to be genuine about it.

  • The mind should be empty of thoughts

The only time the human mind stops thinking is when we’re dead. So why should meditation be any different? We have to be calm to channel such thoughts to better use. I dare say you can’t focus with an empty mind. It’s okay to have thoughts. Don’t just let them overwhelm the process.

If you’ve never considered meditation, it’s never too late. You don’t have to be a grandmaster to experience a plethora of benefits.

Meditation Will Make You Successful

What could be more satisfying than achieving your goals and being successful in life? Meditation is one ancient practice that can bring about tremendous transformations. This practice has been shown to change people’s lives and could increase your chances of becoming successful or transforming your life completely.

Exercising helps your body to stay fit and healthy. On the other hand, meditation exercises your mind allowing you to become self-aware. Meditation practice means calming the mind to enable you to become immersed with your true sense. Practicing meditation will improve and keep your psychological well-being healthy. That is why you need to carve out time in your busy schedule and meditate because meditation will prepare you for success.  Continue reading “Meditation Will Make You Successful”

Make Fitness Enjoyable

There are so many people these days who have a negative mindset towards health and fitness; this is so unfortunate because on the contrary, it is the exact opposite.  Yes, there are many fanatics out there who are putting out negative messages to people, giving extreme advice to do fad diets and exercise routines that are unreasonable but this is not what’s necessary to live a happy, healthy life. If you simply think of fitness as a lifestyle, you can reach your goals happily and without suffering.

fitness lifestyle

The first step to obtaining a balanced life is to start taking small steps towards your goals. For example, replace something that is not healthy in your meal with something green. Instead of zoning out on your phone for twenty minutes, go on a little walk in nature and do a little yoga to get your blood cells flowing. Just the other day I was reading an article from some fitness personality that was saying that you should go on the treadmill rather than walking or jogging outside because you’re less likely to burn the necessary calories. As this may work for some people who think with calculating methodical mindsets, those of us with a more whimsical approach to life just cannot process this positively. Instead of slurping down that soda that’s full of sugar keeping those pesky pounds hanging around, make yourself a refreshing water infusion with lemon and mint. Remember that being extreme is a double edged sword, therefore moderation is your friend in the beginning.

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Enjoy Transcendental Singing of Holy Sounds

Experience a new sunrise in your life. Never miss this invaluable opportunity to be a part of the group singing of holy names – chanting the name of the Supreme Being – ‘Nitai Gaur’.

This joyful singing of holy names in a group is conventionally named as Kirtan – where a person leads the chanting of holy names and others follow the same.

 

Not Nitai Gaur is the only holy names – there are millions of names of God that can be chanted. From ancient times, it has been described that singing and chanting of the holy names have a profound effect on the hearts and mind. It washes away our deeply seated worries. 🙂

Undoubtedly we are always more or less overwhelmed by worldly things. If someone takes this message of holy names with faith and sincerity into their heart, he will experience a real change.

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