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MYTH #2: You need a lot of free time to meditate.
FACT: There are very busy people all over the world who make time to meditate daily and have done so for many years. Like anything that is important in your life, you make the time. Even just a few minutes of meditation can bring about benefits of calm and perspective. Many who meditate believe the practice actually gives them more time because they are more focused and productive throughout the day.
MYTH #3: It can take many years before experiencing the benefits of meditation.
FACT: Personal experience and research shows that we can experience the benefits of meditation after just one session. We can feel more calm and centered, less reactive and experience a good night’s sleep. Scientists at Harvard University found that in just eight weeks of daily meditation practice study participants experienced decreased anxiety and increased neurological growth in brain areas linked to memory, self-conception, stress, and empathy. Other benefits included a drop in blood pressure, better immune system function, and enhanced focus.
MYTH #4: It takes a long time to learn to meditate, and years to master it.
FACT: Meditation is a simple, even though not always easy, practice. Each time we practice, we create the intention to still our minds and place our awareness on the present moment. Thoughts, feelings and sensations are likely to arise. As they do, we simply bring ourselves back to the sensations of the present moment. While It takes practice, you can master the basics of formal and informal mediation practice fairly quickly.
MYTH #5: Some people just can’t meditate.
FACT: Some people are more prone to distraction, restlessness and meditation may seem more unnatural for them, but that doesn’t mean they’re unable to meditate. With practice, persistence and patience, anyone can meditate.
MYTH #6: You have to maintain an uncomfortable, difficult yoga position to meditate.
FACT: There are 4 formal meditation postures for all of us to use during meditation practice: sitting (in a chair or on the floor), lying down, standing and walking. Each of these postures supports the easy flow of breath in and out of the body. Sitting in a lotus position is not required to cultivate the benefits of meditation - thank goodness!
MYTH #7: Meditation is a religious practice.
FACT: Although meditation is associated with certain religions and cultures, you can be completely secular and still experience its benefits, both physical and spiritual.