You’ve probably heard a lot about meditation, and not all of it is good. Maybe someone has told you it’s only for a certain “kind” of person. Or you’ve read somewhere that it’s a sacrilegious practice and you should have no business doing if you hold true to your Faith.
Meditation, the age-old practice that offers nothing but goodness, is marred by many misconceptions. And these misconceptions are standing in the way of inner calm, profound peace, and higher awareness.
If you’re one of those people who haven’t tried meditation because of something bad you’ve heard, then this is definitely for you. Look at the most common misconceptions about meditation and find out why they’re utterly false:
Misconception #1: Meditation is only for hippies
Look around. It’s not the ‘60s anymore. The flower-power days are over. Sure, a lot of hippies got drawn into the practice before but that doesn’t mean meditation is solely for them or you become one just because you meditate.
Misconception #2: It’s sacrilegious, cultic, blasphemous, profane, satanic, unholy, profane, (insert other religion-defying adjectives you can think of here), et cetera
Meditation does not defy any form of religion or faith. Again, it’s for everyone, regardless if you’re religious or not or if you believe in a Higher Power at all.
And truth be told, almost all religions have their own form of meditation.
For instance, Catholics have the rosary. Praying with this string of beads is a form of counting meditation. Islam has Sufism where chanting is one of the primary means of experiencing and connecting with the Divine. And of course the religions from the East such as Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism that consider meditation as an essential part of their spirituality.
So, whatever your belief, it doesn’t matter; you can meditate without any fear of going against your religion or faith.
Misconception #3: Meditation is time-consuming
No, it’s not. Meditation has a wide range of techniques and most of them require no more than of 20 minutes of your time. There are also methods that allow you to turn the most mundane activities of your life, such as brushing your teeth, into meditation. Check out mindfulness meditation to learn how.
Moreover, meditation is possible anytime, anywhere. Once you master a technique, you can use it whenever you want to centre yourself, find calm, and think clearly.