Let's dispel a few myths about meditation and begin using it for our benefit
- Myths about meditation
- The first myth is that it is very difficult to learn to meditate.
- The second myth is that the thought process is an obstacle during meditation.
- The third myth: you must learn to sit in the lotus position to meditate.
- The fourth myth is that there can be no practical benefit from meditation.
- How to Begin Meditating
Myths about meditation
There are many opinions and theories about what meditation is. In general, most people think that this is a waste of time. In this article, we will try to debunk those myths and help everyone who is ready to discover something new to learn how to use meditation to solve specific problems in their lives.
The first myth is that it is very difficult to learn to meditate.
Many people believe that it requires a lot of effort and time with no guarantee of the result. The main reason for this prevailing opinion is that most teachers ask to reach “emptiness” in meditation. Reaching “emptiness” requires getting rid of thoughts for a long time, and this is considered an extremely difficult art. However, there are also simple, but also effective, techniques that help to get rid of thoughts to enter a meditative state.
The second myth is that the thought process is an obstacle during meditation.
But this is not the case at all. Only a chaotic and uncontrollable thought process interferes. Thought, subject to consciousness, is capable of performing real miracles during meditation. Moreover, the goal of any meditation is to reach a state of awareness, that is, to get answers to your questions. To ask a question, you must formulate it mentally. And if you begin to dismiss the next answer as unnecessary thoughts, then the goal of meditation will simply not be achieved.
The third myth: you must learn to sit in the lotus position to meditate.
Firstly, without understanding the meaning of this pose (as well as gestures), there is no point in using it. Secondly, if during meditation you begin to experience unpleasant sensations (swelling or pain), this will seriously interfere and deprive you of concentration. In fact, during meditation, you can simply sit on a chair or on the floor in any position that is most comfortable for you. The main thing is not to cross your arms and legs, so as not to close the energy flows.
The fourth myth is that there can be no practical benefit from meditation.
This myth is characteristic of people who are not particularly interested in spiritual development. It seems to them that meditation is an empty and meaningless flight in the clouds, which does not bring a specific result. I must say that this myth is debunked after the first meditations, in which a person sets himself a specific task. In fact, any action performed correctly during visual meditation will bring about positive changes in your life, and any incorrect action will imply a problem. In fact, during meditation, people work with their subconscious and the subconscious is a factory that builds our life for us. It is the subconscious that will bring out what we want from it and make the appropriate changes on the physical plane.
How to Begin Meditating
Meditation is a very ancient technique, found mainly in Eastern religions. Its purpose is to cleanse and relax the organism. It gives both physical and psychological rest.
When you start meditating, never doubt if you are doing everything right. At the beginning of any activity, it is common to make mistakes, but this is okay. All beginners experience some kind of difficulty.
You can meditate in different ways: reciting a mantra, doing visualization, focusing on the melody of the heart. There is no “right” way. Everyone is just different.
Start by sitting in a comfortable position: in a chair or on the floor. The lotus position is optional, especially if you feel uncomfortable in it. The main thing is that your back should be straight. If you decide to sit on the floor, place a small pillow under you or just kneel down. It is best not to do this while you are lying down, there is a chance that you will fall asleep Calm your breathing. Close your eyes. Forget the world around you. With each breath, catch the sensation of the air passing through your nose, reaching your lungs and lifting your chest. Breathe deeply without rushing. When you feel comfortable, begin to count your breaths. Count to four. Let your mind rest as you exhale. If you get lost, start counting from the beginning. Don't let extraneous thoughts distract you. It won't be easy at first, you will get distracted, but over time you will learn to focus on your breath.
You can make this exercise more difficult. To do this, imagine that with each inhalation, the body is filled with light, pure energy, and with each exhalation all vain and unnecessary thoughts and negativity disappear.
Next, clear your mind of thoughts. Let nothing disturb you. Interrupt every thought at its root.
Play with visualizations. Imagine yourself in a magical place where you feel good and cozy. There can be anything, the main thing is that you like it.
Feel your body. Every muscle, every organ. Relax them. Tension tends to accumulate and in everyday life is imperceptible. Do not be discouraged if the first attempt does not result in “immersion”. This does not come right away. Usually by the third or fourth time, a person is completely disconnected from the outside world.
With sufficient exercise, you can meditate in the queue, in public transport, which will allow you to not only disconnect from the surrounding bustle, but also relax.