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The 3 Biggest Myths of Meditation

After I first began to meditate, I realized it wasn’t as easy as I
had originally hoped (or planned).

In fact, it was very difficult for me (for quite a few years).

But things got much easier for me as I learned about
the mind (and how it plays tricks on us).

In any endeavor, we realize that as we first begin, there’s
a learning curve that we have to go through in order to
understand and apply what we’ve learned.

The funny thing about meditation is its almost like we
face that “learning curve” over and over again each
time we sit down to meditate.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of the
biggest challenges and myths that people encounter
about meditation (and how to shift your perceptions
about what meditation is and what it can do for you)

 

Myth # I – “It’s too hard to do”

The one people complain about most is “it’s too hard to do”.

The funny thing about meditation is it’s not about “doing”.

It’s about being.

The old habit is to get so caught up in our “busy” life and when it
comes time to actually meditating it seems difficult.

That’s only because we haven’t created the habit of doing it.

Once we’ve had an experience of meditation, it’s much easier
to actually do it again. The key is in the experience.

Some have a good experience when they first try.
If you’re like me, I tried many times and didn’t have what I
would call a “good” experience.

But that didn’t stop me from trying. Because I knew the real
benefits of what he could do for me. Not just the facts
(and there are dozens of reasons why it works as well as
the scientific proof to back it up)

But there was a feeling within me. Like a homing beacon
was calling me back to my real self.

The restless ego mind makes it seem hard to let go.
But that’s because it wants to preserve status quo – in other
words to keep you safe.

But safety is not the path to growth is it?

When we meditate, we free our minds and allow ourselves to
connect with Life itself again. No preconceived notions of the way
it “should“ be.


Myth #2 – “I don’t have the time”

The second great myth of meditation is “I don’t have the time to do it”.

When you think about how much time you spend watching TV, browsing
the Internet, scanning Facebook, or “staying busy” each of these are choices.

They are the choice of spending our time.

Here’s where it gets interesting.

There’s nothing more important than tuning in and nurturing our
inner self. Even though there are countless activities that distract
us from doing that very nurturing.

So the question you can ask yourself is:

“Are my distractions more important than me?”

And if your answer is “yes”, you have even more reason to meditate.

Because if your distractions take you away from who you really are,
they will only continue to create confusion (and even pain) for yourself.

Thinking we don’t have enough time to do things like meditation is
based on the fear of “not enough”.

In other words, at the root, when we say things like:

“I don’t have enough time”
“I don’t have enough money”
“I don’t have enough love

We’re really saying is “I’m not enough”.

But the truth is you already are enough. Because we live in a world
of abundance. What we lack is attention.

Attention to what matters most.

So, next time your mind tells you there’s not enough of something,
step back, take a deep breath and notice.

Notice how you feel. Notice your breathing.

And just let go…

Let go into the present moment…

Myth # 3. “It’s not working”

Here’s another big reason why people don’t continue meditating.
And I’ve certainly had dozens of times in my life where I felt that my
meditations “weren’t working” for me.

Theres an old saying that says:

“The only bad meditation is them when you didn’t do“

Meditation isn’t an end goal. It’s not about getting anything. Even
peace or getting rid of stress.

It takes time to detach from the mind because it believes that it is us.
In other words every thought appears real (especially when it’s stressful).

But the real discovery happens when you realize that you are not your mind.
You are not your thoughts. And you are not your emotions.

What meditation essentially helps us do is to let go of identifying with
our minds. And by doing so we return to our core. At the center of our
being is a place of stillness.

That stillness is who we truly are. It is our Essence.

Every time we meditate, we let go of the mind and the illusions it creates.

Instead of thinking “it’s not working“, what if you have a sense of curiosity
like a little child each time you meditated?

And your heart was open.

To yourself and to Life.

Every moment is an opportunity to just be.

And meditation is a wonderful way of returning to your natural state of being.

Take time today my friend, to just breathe, step back and let go…

And allow your Essence to refresh your mind and your whole being.

And so it is…

Aloha,

Paul

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