Friday, November 1, 2013

10 Myths About Meditation

With more than seven billion minds active every moment, there are endless streams of thoughts in these minds on every aspect of creation. Some thoughts perceive reality the way it is, some are imagination, and some are simply misconceptions. While there are misconceptions and myths about many topics, one of the most popular topics is meditation. Say the word, "meditation" and all kinds of images and notions come up. Is this for me? I can't sit for long hours. Who wants to meditate anyway?
Here are some of the most common myths about meditation:
Myth #1: Meditation is concentration
Meditation is actually deconcentration. Concentration is a result of meditation. Concentration requires effort, while meditation is absolute relaxation of the mind. Meditation is letting go, and when that happens, you are in a state of deep rest. When the mind is relaxed, we can concentrate better.

Myth #2: Meditation is a religious practice
Yoga and meditation are ancient practices that transcend all religions. In fact, meditation has the ability to bring people of different religions and nations together. Just like the sun shines for everyone, and the wind blows for everyone, meditation benefits everyone. Global humanitarian and peace ambassador Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, "We encourage people from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions to come together and meditate in a spirit of celebration." (MORE)

Source: Huffington Post

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