Why bother learning to meditate? The short answer is that it’s healthy and good for you. The long answer might make you roll your eyes a bit.
Meditation relaxes the nervous system, and shifts your highly active beta brain waves to the delta and theta waves. Why? Well, by simply closing your eyes, you are leaving the high beta state and entering the alpha state. Immediately, without the meditation having even begun, you’re giving your mind a rest, and then your body follows.
Don’t believe me? Try closing your eyes. Pay attention to what happens to your breathe, and nervous system.
From there, the meditation process can begin. I say “can begin” because it requires some effort on your part to train your mind to do something different from what it’s used to doing. But once you have learned and practiced the necessary steps and techniques, you will find yourself in a great place of joy and peace. You will naturally start to practice mindfulness.
MY OWN MEDITATION PRACTICE BLOCKED OUT THE WORST TYPE OF PAIN I’VE EVER EXPERIENCED IN MY LIFE, AFTER A MAJOR CAR ACCIDENT.
And…that was a crazy experience I had no clue I could even do. Granted, I know athletes perform the same mental exercises to reach peak performance during training. However, I’m not here to talk about athletes, instead the myths regarding meditation.
My Top 5 Meditation Myths.
1.// MEDITATION IS TOO DIFFICULT – what is so difficult about sitting down, closing your eyes, and saying the same word over and over and over again?
2.// I JUST CAN’T DO IT – really? You can’t recite the same mantra over and over, and allow your mind to wander, only to bring it back to the mantra? You’ve been exposed to the myth!
3.// MEDITATION IS NOTHING BUT A SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT –
I’ll have you know that meditation is practiced by people from all walks of life, from busy executives, artists, and science professionals to children, young students, teachers, military personnel, and – even – politicians.
4.// YOU HAVE TO SHUT OFF YOUR MIND TO MEDITATE PROPERLY – you only have to do one thing: recite the same mantra or word, or sound, repeatedly. This sound shuts off the mind – not you.
5.// MEDITATION TAKES TOO MUCH TIME. We all have 24 hours in the day. It’s your duty to allocate the time to your health, and shift your schedule to accommodate that. It takes a minimum of 5 minutes to reap the benefits. Meditating for 20 minutes is ideal.
Now that you’ve read this post, can you see meditation differently? Have I been successful at shifting YOUR mindset at ll? If you’re interested in learning the ancient healing art of meditation, please sign up to my newsletter where I’ll provide you the details of our next meditation retreat.