What are some strange misconceptions about meditation

The 4 most common myths about meditation

When I tell people that I meditate and what benefits it has, I often hear: "Well, I would like to meditate too, but I don't know how to do it ... "Or:" Yes, I should start with that too, but I have no time."

Meditation is basically the simplest and most natural thing in the world. And can be integrated into everyday life like brushing your teeth every day. Yet, strangely enough, many have the wildest fantasies about what meditation actually is before trying it out. (Including myself.)

I had my first experience with meditation about 7 years ago in my very first yoga class at university sports. I didn't know much about yoga and meditation was a foreign word for me back then anyway. When at the end of the yoga class everyone sat cross-legged for a few minutes with their eyes closed and their hands in the jnana mudra, it seemed a little strange to me. A little scary, actually.

I had no idea what we were doing, what it was supposed to be for and what was about to happen. Maybe I was a little worried that a fat golden Buddha would appear floating in front of my inner eye, with huge ears and a peace gesture.

 

I would like to clear up the misunderstandings about meditation that I encounter most often.
(The list could go on forever, of course.)

№1 - Meditation has to be cross-legged and that is uncomfortable.

Due to the common clichéd image of a meditator in the lotus position, many believe that this is the only right way to go. (I had believed that too.) But meditation does not necessarily mean sitting cross-legged, closed eyes, reflexological gestures with the hands (mudra), incense sticks and ooommm. Many Westerners with their computer jobs and the resulting back problems would therefore not be physically able to meditate in the first place.

It is recommended to meditate in a comfortable sitting position and with an upright back. But you can also sit down on a meditation cushion, a chair, the couch or wherever you like. Basically, however, sitting is not a must. Beginners can also meditate while lying down. And being still and remaining motionless is not a requirement either. And so we come to the next misconception:

№2 - Meditating means sitting still for a long time and I can't do that.

Particularly active people, with an irrepressible urge to move, who cannot sit still for a minute, believe that meditation is not for them. “Just sitting around doing nothing” is sure to seem like a waste of time to them. What many do not know: there are also dynamic meditations!

For example the Walking meditation. You consciously combine your breathing with your movement. Count how many steps you take while inhaling and how many steps it is while exhaling. First, take the same number of steps for inhalation and exhalation. Then increase one step on the exhale. You can try this meditation right away on your next walk or on the way to work.

Here I have two more dynamic variations for you to download as a freebie.

№3 - Meditating is time-consuming and my everyday life is already packed to the brim anyway.

Just like walking meditation, there are countless meditation techniques that take no longer than 5–10 minutes and can be easily integrated into everyday life. And hold on tight: the shortest meditation in the world doesn't even take a second! How to do that in the book 'Am I still meditating or am I already floating?'* read, which I will introduce in the next post.

But EVERYONE could do 5 minutes a day! free for it. Each of us has a particular morning or evening routine. Do you set your alarm clock to snooze in the morning and then sleep for another 10 minutes? Or do you check emails and WhatsApp for 5 minutes right after waking up in the morning? Maybe you go out to have a smoke Do you watch TV or read a book before you go to bed?

Certainly one or the other habit for a little meditation can be shortened by 5 minutes or even replaced entirely.
Here I have two short & very simple meditations for you to download as a freebie.

№4 - You have to learn to meditate before you can start.

If you have already looked at one of the 4 meditation suggestions, you have seen that there is nothing to learn. You can start right away. Right now. Then you can continue reading (;

 

 

Be honest, did you just do an exercise? Or do you just keep reading?

The only thing to learn while meditating is to overcome yourself to meditate. Are you familiar with that?
"I would do the exercise, but there is a mountain of work piling up on my desk."

"I'll do the exercise right away, but first I'd like to have a coffee."

“I'm starting right now! Oh, but my cell phone is beeping ... take a quick look. "

"But. But. But."

Something in us is going on the barricades. As with any other “good” resolution (like quitting smoking, starting exercise, eating less sweets, etc.), that's that strange creature called inner weaker self. Mine has the favorite word: BUT. Fortunately, I've figured it out by now. And knows how to tame it. Mostly. Ok, ok ... quite often. Sometimes.

In any case, whenever I manage it, it is extremely worthwhile!

 

I would appreciate your feedback on the meditations. Have you tried them What is your experience? Do you have any other questions about meditation?

I will soon present my latest book discovery on this subject: 'Am I still meditating or am I already floating?'*


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