The 5 Most Common Meditation Myths by Light Watkins

Imagine sitting down comfortably in your favourite chair, and now you are ready to start your meditation. What happens next? If you are like me, you find yourself listening to the incessant chatter in our head. But, I still do it every single day because I know the benefits it provides.

When I listened to Light Watkins’ TEDx Talk, it helped me understand the process a lot better. And I hope that it is of value to you too.

The talk lasts for over 17 minutes but it is worth your time. However, I know how busy you are, so  I am sharing with you the five myths Mr Watkins is referring to and what I understood from his comments, just in case you are not, at this moment, able to listen to the whole talk.

Light Watkins has been active in the meditation space since 1998, first as a practitioner, then as an apprentice to his Vedic Meditation teacher. He is a teacher and travels the world giving talks on happiness, mindfulness, inspiration, and meditation. He also writes books, articles, and provides meditation training and retreats.

Myth 1 – I am a bad meditator if I can’t quiet my mind

He suggests allowing your mind to switch from one thought to the next. When you let your mind flow from one thought to another,  you are helping process more thoughts, feelings and sensations.

Myth 2 – There is no correct way to meditate

Choose a comfortable position, use anything to make you feel at ease and cosy. Then allow your mind to drift and wander. Do it on a daily basis.

Myth 3 – I don’t have time to meditate 

Start where you are, even if it is only for 1 minute. The point is to be consistent. Keep in mind the following benefits of meditation:

Calming effects

Reversing chronological age

Enhances your physical well-being and your emotional intelligence

Improves clarity and peace of mind

Personal Transformation

Myth 4 – Meditation will solve all my problems

We are the creator of our realities. Our problems are in our mind. Meditation will help us to clear our minds, gives us a sense of inner peace helping us make effective decisions.

Myth 5 – Success in meditation is based on the stillness of my mind

You might not see the benefits straight away, but in time you will begin to notice that you have made some progress. Just keep allowing your mind to chill out, and when you notice that your mind wanders, go back to your breathing and enjoy the feeling of peace and relaxation.

Thanks to this talk, I feel a lot more relaxed knowing that wandering thoughts are part of the process.  I had the belief that I had to clear my mind completely which I found very difficult.  What a relief!

Hope you enjoy Mr Watkins talk. He also shares inspirational and entertaining stories.

 

What other steps do you use in Meditation? Can you relate to any of the myths? Share your thoughts.

With much appreciation

Luci

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