I used to ask myself "what’s the point of meditation?" I had this misconception that meditation was part of a religious practice that I just did not fit in. Although I used to hear great things about mediation, I was too busy trying to find solutions to my life’s problems that I didn’t have time for it. I believe, that because of these type of misconceptions is that we end up missing out on new opportunities that can indeed be the solutions to our problems.
What is the number ONE myth about meditation?
We often belief that mediation is about clearing our thoughts and emptying our mind, so when we don’t achieve it we become more frustrated, stressed and judge ourselves. Then, we immediately take the wrong attitude towards meditation because we feel like we failed and we don’t want to do it again. One thing that often miss about this process is that this is the main reason why we are meditating in the first place, its because the human mind is unstable, its difficult to tame it, and therefore we should don’t need to feel angry about ourselves when trying to meditate. Practicing meditation is really about developing a relationship with our thoughts and emotions to create compassion, love and kindness within us.
What science has found about meditation?
A landmark study led by Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital found that as little as eight weeks of meditation not only helped people experience decreased anxiety and greater feelings of calm; it also produced growth in the areas of the brain associated with memory, empathy, sense of self, and stress regulation.
What’s the truth about meditation?
Mindfulness is not about being in a special feeling or trans, it’s actually like going to the gym and lifting weights. The very fact that our mind gets distracted is the main thing that help us get stronger because we have a chance to bring our attention back to our breathing. The training in this exercise of returning to your breathing again and again, it’s a powerful thing to learn because the more we return to our breathing the more we are mastering our own mind. We learn how to not get dragged away by the faults, but instead coming back to our breathing. This practice give us power and strength, so in our daily lives we can let go of stress and negativity and distraction We can learn to choose to put our mind into a state we want it to be, to choose happiness, to choose to be positive, to choose not to be negative.
During meditation we are developing the mental flexibility every time we bring our attention back to the breath. If that’s the point, then you have to have something to return from, if you are meant to be learning this repeating experience of returning, then something needed to take you away so you can return. Therefore, those thoughts and distractions are really helpful, they enable the returning. In fact, thinking this way help us develop a different relationship with our thoughts and emotions, we don’t see them as a problem, we don’t see them as we fail, we see them as a key element for success. So thinking this way help us to feel more at peace with our own mind.
Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master, and restore ourselves. Consider, for example: a magician who cuts his body into many parts and places each part in a different region, hands in the south, arms in the east, legs in the north, and then by some miraculous power lets forth a cry which reassembles whole every part of his body. Mindfulness is like that,its the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live fully each minute of life. Mindfulness itself is the life of awareness: the presence of.mindfulness, means the presence of life.