You’ve probably heard about the incredible benefits of meditation. A consistent practice of meditating can lead to less stress and anxiety. In some cases it can even prevent, or at least reduce your risk of, neurological disorders like ADHD, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Physical benefits include better circulation, better heart health, and more energy.
These are just a few of the clinically recorded and recognized benefits of meditation. However, you may have fallen prey to some meditation myths that are unfortunately too widespread. Don’t let the following top 3 meditation misconceptions keep you from enjoying the advantages of this healthy mind/body practice.
Meditation Is a Religious or Spiritual Practice
Meditation was created as a spiritual practice. That was hundreds of years ago, however. These days, especially in Western worlds, there is absolutely nothing religious or spiritual about meditation, unless you want that to be an element of it. Christians, Muslims, atheists, believers and nonbelievers of all walks of life can benefit from the practice of meditation without conflicting their spiritual beliefs.
I Need to Wear Specific Clothes, Burn Incense, Follow Rituals, Etc.
When some here the word meditation, they envision a cross-legged Indian yogi wearing a ceremonial robe, seated on a special carpet, chanting special incantations while burning copious amounts of incense and other herbs. The truth is, anytime you have a few minutes to spare, you can benefit from a meditation session.
Your clothing, environment and other factors do not dictate the definition of meditation. Rituals, incense and “meditation-specific clothing” can actually be distractions to a healthy meditation practice.
Meditation Requires a Temple or Other Sacred Place
If this were true, nobody would be meditating. For seated meditating, all you need is a place where you can focus your thoughts and stay away from interruptions. A quiet room with limited visual and audio distractions is preferred, but not required. Don’t let this and the previous 2 popular meditation misconceptions keep you from the self-realization and health benefits that meditation offers.