The #1 Meditation Myth All Beginners Need To Know
Despite having downloaded Headspace, Calm, Mindfulness and all other available mediation apps, people still struggle with making meditation into a habit. Why? Because most people have one huge misconception about mediation:
🙏🏻 We think meditation is only supposed to be relaxing.
❌ But it is not.
In this article and YouTube-video I will explain why, and how to actually think about meditation. That way you can finally start gaining all the benefits mediation really has to offer.
*Yes, I am actually writing an article on a mistake you can do when trying to do nothing.*
What is meditation? Should you do it?
The mediation myth
- Expectation: We often have a mental image of someone who is "good at meditation". They seem: relaxed, calm, present and focused. Therefore, when you meditate, you assume you should feel relaxed, calm, present and focused. But these are simply the results of meditation, not always the process of meditating.
- Reality: When beginners start to mediate, they will experience quite the opposite. You begin by focusing on your breath, but two seconds later your mind wanders to: that e-mail you need to send or that stupid thing you said years ago. So, you expected this deep relaxed state, but you only got a mixture of restlessness and boredom in return. So, for the longest time I was thinking "I must be doing it wrong".
Illustration: Trying to stop new thoughts from appearing is like walking into a 4 lane highway trying to stop all the cars. The constant stream cannot and will not stop. The average human thinks 50.000 thoughts per day.
Dont stop your thoughts. Stop focusing on them.
The mind is a gym and meditation is a workout.
Summary: How to think about mediation
- Meditation is not about making your mind quiet. That is impossible. It is about entering the quiet space already inside your mind, buried behind the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks per day. Or as they say in the mediation apps; "above a rainy cloud, you will is always find sunshine".
- Mental reps: With each mental rep, you get gradually better at redirecting your focus back to the present. Just like in the gym, with more reps, your mind builds more strength and can endure for longer. And the more you practice, more mental strength, relaxation and positivity mediation will give in return.
- 1 Rep = Bringing your focus back to your breath
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