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Meditation Can Bring Joy and Contentment to Your Life

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Ever have that “overwhelmed” feeling from the moment you wake up?

In today’s world, it is easy to feel like you aren’t smart enough. Or good enough. Or beautiful enough. Dreams are meant to be chased, but only by those who qualify for the chasing.

With meditation, you can transform your life into whatever you want it to be. No matter what your story is, meditation doesn’t discriminate. You are smart enough. You are good enough. Your beauty on the inside and out is always present.

If you’re ready to change how you see your reflection in the morning so you don’t always feel overwhelmed, here’s how you can make that change happen through meditation.

#1. You get to start your day on a positive note.

Some people spring out of bed before the alarm goes off. I’m not one of those people. I’ve replaced alarm clocks because I’ve broken the snooze button on them.

With meditation right away in the morning, you get to begin a day with positive energy. This is because you’re taking time to center yourself. Something as simple as stopping, breathing deeply, and focusing on something which doesn’t cause worry can really change your entire day.

Life can seem like it’s out of control sometimes. Morning meditation helps me wrestle back that control.

#2. You can become more energetic.

If you think that meditation makes you sit in a specific position or hum something you have no idea what it means, then let’s explore an alternative.

There are literally hundreds of different types of meditation. Some people walk. Some like to meditate while they stay in bed. I know a fellow who meditates with the TV on in the background because he can’t focus well in a quiet environment.

Everyone is different. That means meditation which focuses on you can improve your energy.

#3. You will notice an uptick in your confidence.

I found success when I found my confidence. It was difficult for me to find my confidence until I found meditation.

When you meditate, there’s a certain authenticity about the experience that cannot be duplicated. There’s no need to pretend to be something you are not. In that moment, it’s all about you.

The realization that what you can do and who you are is enough is a profound experience that supports you through even the toughest of days.

#4. You will feel less anxious.

“Good job, you stupid idiot.”

Negative self-talk is incredibly destructive. Many times it is our own inner voice that is our own worst enemy. This negativity comes from a feeling of anxiousness or fear. It’s literally part of our fight or flight mechanism.

With meditation, you can access the mental tools necessary to deal with the triggers that cause this negative emotion. A few deep breaths will naturally calm the tense nerves while the mind shifts the focus off of the emotional reaction to the fear.

Then, even if you do make a mistake, meditation helps you to say, “Let’s try this again,” instead.

#5. You get to know yourself better.

We all hide things from ourselves.

There are difficult memories. Poor choices. Moments we’d long to forget. Meditation helps us to stop forgetting these things. It transforms these difficult times so we can see how they have shaped us. Helped us to become the people we are today.

It’s not always easy to get to know yourself better. I still have moments I’d like to forget. But now I can use those moments to my own daily advantage.

How do you cope with a difficult day? What have been your experiences with meditation? I’d love to hear how you self-manage difficult circumstances.

What Could You Do with Better Willpower?

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Willpower. It’s something we often want more of every day. What if I told you that you already had all the willpower you need?

You don’t need more. You need it to be better. Stronger. More adaptable.

Willpower is much like a muscle. If you get some exercise on a regular basis and do some strength training here and there, then it will be healthy. You could do strength training every day with your willpower and have it be incredibly strong.

Or you could do nothing and watch your willpower wither away.

I’ve found that the best exercise for willpower just happens to be meditation. Although the benefits are numerous, here are the most common benefits that virtually everyone will experience.

#1. Meditation lets you focus outside of the addiction. Today’s society has an addiction: immediate gratification. We want things now, not later, because we think it will make us happy right now. Maybe it does. Maybe it doesn’t. But then we have to keep repeating the need to get something because that is what is making us happy. With meditation, I’ve found it is a lot easier to separate the ideas of “wants” from “needs.”

You “want” a 50-inch television. You “need” bread in your pantry. Meditation gives us all the power to recognize the difference.

#2. Meditation activates the same brain centers. When was the last time you avoided a temptation? Let’s say you decided to not order dessert as an example. The same portion of your brain that is activated by the decision to avoid temptation will also activate when you meditate.

#3. Meditation helps people to feel good. When we buy stuff, take drugs, or do plenty of other things that cause addictions, the brain releases endorphins and dopamine. It’s what helps us feel “good” when we’re making decisions that may not be so good. Meditation does the same thing, but in a healthy way. It allows you to reduce the stress response in the body, which is called cortisol.

Higher levels of cortisol equate to lower levels of willpower. And vice-versa.

#4. Meditation helps to eliminate anxiety. When you don’t get the right amount of sleep at night, what’s the first thought that goes through your head? For me, it is some version of this: How will I ever make it through this day?

That question is a representation of anxiety. I’m worried about not being able to stay awake. This causes decisions to be made based off of physical and mental urges or cravings more often. I might drink 1-2 cups more coffee. I might eat a triple cheeseburger. I might think a couple of energy drinks seem like a viable option.

Meditation lets me know that those options aren’t as good as the urge might seem. This is because it can eliminate the anxiety so that the focus can be on the willpower instead of the want.

There are many ways to embrace meditation. Music, natural sounds, quiet rooms, showers, while lying in bed in the morning – meditation works because it can be done almost everywhere. That also means you have numerous opportunities to exercise your willpower every day.

Get strong. Stay strong. Focus on quality, not quantity, and you’ll feel your willpower improve.

How do you exercise your willpower? I’d love to hear about the ways you keep your own willpower strong.

How Mindfulness Can Rejuvenate Your Career

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Everyone has a bad day or two. But maybe you’re stuck in a bad month or two. Or maybe it’s been a year or two. These things happen.

Mindfulness isn’t a magic pill you can take to fix everything. It is a form of meditation that can help you gain more control over your thinking. This is important for those times when you’re stuck in a rut because thinking leads to feelings. Feelings lead to choices. Choices lead to actions.

If you try to stop a poor action by making a different choice, but do not address the thinking and feeling behind the choice in the first place, then your odds of success will be quite low. Mindfulness can be used to address those thoughts and feelings so that your career choices can be better.

This is why mindfulness can make a bad day better. It can even rejuvenate your entire career.

Why Is Mindfulness So Popular in Today’s Workplace?

There are many reasons why mindfulness meditation has become popular in today’s workplace, but the top reason is that it provides a retreat for the busy professional. By scheduling in time for mindfulness, you’re really scheduling time for yourself.

When was the last time you had 30 minutes without an interruption? Without your phone, computer, or TV? Where you could just sit in silence and not need to worry about what is next on your schedule?

It doesn’t happen often. Since almost 3 of every 4 dollars in the US is spent on stress-related expenses, it needs to happen more. We’re literally working ourselves to death. That’s why mindfulness is being embraced by many companies today.

It’s not about making people more productive. It’s about saving people so they can actually have a career.

How Come Thoughts and Feelings Need to Be Addressed?

We could talk about how mindfulness improves your focus or boost your creativity, but the real benefit comes with an improvement in your emotional intelligence. This is how you manage your behavior, both personally and with others. When you know how you are thinking and feeling, then you can make a better choice to take a more effective action.

If you didn’t get a lot of sleep last night, you probably reach for the coffee pot first, right? Or maybe it is an energy drink. I tend to crave waffles in these circumstances. Our choices are not the same as they would be with 7-8 hours of sleep because our thought patterns are affected by fatigue.

The same principle is found in the modern workplace. People are fatigued at work. They feel burned-out.

What mindfulness meditation is able to do is help you and I be able to recognize this fatigue, identify problematic thoughts that may be generated because of being tired, and then stop those thoughts from becoming feelings that we all act upon.

I’ve found that mindfulness has helped me get through the toughest days at work because it gives me a better perspective of life. Work is important, but so are the personal moments with family and friends.

Have you tried mindfulness meditation to deal with the stress in your career? Has it helped you be able to save your job? Your career? I’d love to hear your story!

How to Meditate When You Hate Meditation

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The benefits of meditation have been proven repeatedly. Yet for so many people, the idea of actually meditating is one that they hate.

I know I had this love/hate relationship with meditation when I first began to practice it. I loved the idea of what it could do for me. I hated the fact that it made me sit still. It seemed like such a waste of time.

As the days and weeks passed, however, I began to discover that there were other ways to bring meditation into my life so that I wasn’t forced to find a quiet place to sit somewhere and feel like I was doing nothing. It has helped me to hate meditation less, love it more, and I’m feeling better because of it.

So here’s how you can meditate if you hate meditation like I once did.

#1. Incorporate meditation into your current routine. What I finally decided to do one day was meditate while taking a shower. I bleached the shower floor first [who wants athlete’s foot on your posterior?], then plunked myself down until the water turned cold. It was an amazing experience! That’s when I realized that meditation could happen while taking a walk, while eating breakfast, or even while washing dishes. Being more mindful can happen at any time and in any location, so try to incorporate meditation into your current routine.

#2. Meditate on a single point that’s actually interesting. Like many, my first attempt at meditation was to stare at a lit candle. That was the most boring experience of my entire life – and I once had a 17-hour layover in Buffalo, NY without any cash to my name. So then I began to think. If I just need to focus on a single point of something to meditate, could it be anything? I focused on poetry the next time because I love Hemingway. It was much more rewarding. You could focus on prayer, scriptures, music – anything that is important to you. This makes meditation a lot easier.

#3. Nothing happens during or after a meditation session. I don’t know what I was expecting. Maybe magical unicorns spraying tension removal dust on my brain while singing songs about rainbows. When I first started meditating, I expected real, tangible, and immediate outcomes. Instead I didn’t experience anything. Over time, I’ve learned that a wandering mind while meditating can be a good thing. Sure – come back to your focus. But also let your mind wander. That was you always feel like you’ve been productive while meditating.

#4. It’s always a to-do list while meditating. I still have this problem from time to time. My mind wanders to the chores in the house that need to get done. Or my project at work that has a tight deadline. As I generate a mental to-do list, my chest fills with that all-too-common feeling of worry. Instead of taking a deep breath and trying to let that list go, finish it. Otherwise your focus will be on the list during your meditation instead of your single point of focus. Once finished, then you can set it aside.

#5. Find your own starting point. Sometimes you just have to staple your pants to the ground and begin to meditate. Throw on some music if you wish. Sit in a beanbag chair. Do whatever it takes to create a comfortable environment that makes you want to meditate. Even if that means the only place you meditate is in the shower every day.

What struggles have you encountered when trying to meditate? How did you overcome those challenges? I’d love to hear your ideas!

5 Ways Meditation Helps with Everyday Life

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Life gets busy. Super busy.

Even when I compare what I’m doing today with what I was doing just 5 years ago, there is a definite increase in the amount of work that I’m doing. It’s not just professional responsibilities either. Every aspect of life is more active than I can ever remember it being.

Life might seem like a non-stop race, but even racers get to take a pit stop every now and then to refuel. This is what meditation can be for each one of us. When you decide to take the trip down pit lane to make a stop for meditation, these are the 5 benefits you’ll be able to potentially receive.

#1. There’s a deeper connection to who you are. When you meditate for just 4 days in a row, you’ll begin to notice that you have a better, deeper connection with your body. You notice when you start slouching in your posture. You feel each breath you take. Some people even report better digestion and more energy. Others say they understand their thoughts better. The bottom line: you’re spending time with you while meditating, so the end result is a feeling of embodiment.

#2. You can implement coping skills with more regularity. There are a lot of good reasons to be angry in this world today. War, abuse, socioeconomic injustice – the list is seemingly endless. The only problem with anger, even when it is justified, is that it is like an iceberg. You see a teeny tiny bit of the emotion on the surface, but miss the bulk of it hiding below. Anger causes reasoning to be reduced. With meditation, you can counter the negative effects that anger brings and be able to implement the coping skills needed to restore your balance.

#3. There is more confidence. Meditation allows each one of us to take control of our lives. We’re empowered to embrace the truth that is around us. Moments of perfection are in everything, but we often miss them because we’re so focused on what we’ve decided is more important. You will have the confidence to embrace the positive things life has to offer much more often.

#4. You create a place of peace for yourself. There are many shades of chaos that hover around us. It pushes us toward these environments where we feel like we’re out of control. Whether it’s a chore that needs to be completed or a work project, I know I’ve often placed needless deadlines upon myself and that restriction created havoc instead of peace. With meditation, we can all find that place of peace we need from the storms life tends to generate for each of us.

#5. There is calm. How many tabs are up right now on your internet browser? Personally at this moment I have 6 open. That means there are six different opportunities to have my focus distracted. Each is demanding my attention. Meditation takes all of those open tabs in life and closes all but one of them. You focus on one thing only: thoughts, emotions, breathing, a single point of light – it doesn’t matter. This single point of focus creates calm because the multitasking mind finally gets to take a break.

Life is always going to be busy. There’s nothing we can really do to change that fact. What we can do is adapt to those changes so we can maintain good health. This is why I’ve embraced meditation for everyday life. It has helped me find the calm path on my journey through the storms of life.

Common Misperceptions About Meditation

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The alarm clock sounds. You stumble downstairs, grab a cup of coffee, and make your way back upstairs to take a shower. After downing half of the coffee, you hop into the stinging warmth of the water. You take a deep breath, maybe a few more, and your muscles begin to relax.

You start to feel awake. Your mind begins to organize itself for the rest of the day. And through this process there’s a good chance you’ve been meditating – maybe without realizing it.

There are several common misperceptions about meditation that continue to thrive in society today. People picture monks dressed in elaborate robes, playing with meditation beads or incense, and spending hours in solitude.

Meditation isn’t a luxury experience or one that requires a deep spiritual nature to enjoy. Anyone can meditate. All you need to do is be willing to take a few deep breaths in a moment of silence to really start the process. Well… that and you need to be willing to dismiss the misperceptions of meditation like those that follow.

#1. Meditation requires a clear mind. Even those who consider themselves experts at meditation admit that they’ll get 1-2 minutes of clarity in a 30-minute meditation session. It’s virtually impossible to complete clear out your mind. You’re always seeking, striving, and thinking. The goal here should be to engage your focusing mechanisms back to meditation when you feel your mind start to wander.

#2. Meditation requires a lot of time. Many choose to avoid meditation because they feel like they don’t have 30 minutes to dedicate to its practice. The fact is that if you make meditation a priority, then you’ll find time to do it. A good way to increase the priority level of meditation in your life is to include it a little bit at a time. Start with 5 minutes each day. Increase it to 10 minutes after a week or two. Then just keep adding 5 minutes every 7-14 days as you feel comfortable until you reach your target time.

#3. Meditation is expensive to do. It’s true that there are a lot of expensive trends available to people in the world of meditation. Many people are seeking instant solutions in a world of immediate gratification, so money gets thrown at those who offer that possibility. The fact is you can sit down anytime, take a few deep breaths, and you’re meditating for exactly $0. Fads come and go. The chance to meditate is always there.

#4. Meditation accomplishes nothing. Science proves that meditation does tremendous things. It helps to decrease anxiety, helps with chronic pain, compliments anxiety and depression treatments, resolves insomnia, and may even help with cardiovascular disease. Even if it did none of these things, you’d still be getting to take a break from the stresses of the day and that’s a worthwhile benefit for sure.

Maybe meditation isn’t necessary for some, but it is a skill that can be learned in a relatively short amount of time. It requires no tools, yet can improve your health, sleep, and stress relief. That’s why it is so important to recognize and then dismiss the common misperceptions that still exist about meditation.

What have been some of your struggles in beginning a meditation routine? I’d love to hear some of your stories about how meditation has changed your life.

How Meditation Can Become Part of Your Routine

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One of the most difficult aspects of meditation is consistency. Making it a habit so that it becomes part of your routine requires precision. I usually meditate right away in the morning, but if I oversleep for some reason, then it’s either getting to work on time or it’s meditation.

 

It’s not just work commitments that get in the way. The kids might want to play Pokemon Go with you. Or there might be an evening of Netflix and relaxation on the agenda. So like me, you feel torn in two directions and meditation winds up being the loser.

Meditation doesn’t have to tear you apart. Here are my 5 rules for making meditation become part of any daily routine.

#1. Pair meditation with another regular habit. Do you need a cup of coffee to get going in the morning? Then try meditating while you’ve got the coffee brewing. Do you take a shower each day? Then consider meditating after your shower. If you can pair meditation with another one of your already established habits, it will become a lot easier to do every day. Don’t feel obligated to meditate 30 minutes every time – stop when the coffee is done.

#2. Know why you’re wanting to meditate in the first place. I’ve found over the years that a lot of people like the idea of meditation, but they’re not in love with it. It takes a few days for the benefits of meditation to initially kick in, sometimes 3 weeks or more, and there’s just no patience for that, so meditation gets thrown away. Before your next meditation session, think about why you want to meditate. Focus on one specific reason that’s important to you. This will help you prioritize your other daily habits.

#3. Track your progress every day. Whether you use an app to keep track of how much time you meditate every day or you’re old-fashioned like me and just keep a written journal, it’s important that you do something to track your progress. When you can see daily successes begin to add up, it helps you be able to start tasting success. When there is success, there is repetition.

#4. Turn repetition into routine. In a perfect world, you would meditate for 30-45 minutes each day, note your progress afterward, and turn meditation into a positive routine in 3-4 weeks. Unfortunately this is not a perfect world. You can schedule meditation into your calendar for a specific time every day and then have something interrupt your day – bye-bye meditation time. I’ve found that it becomes easier to stay in the routine if I use a “make-up session” of meditation if I miss my morning routine – or I get up a little earlier the next day to get back on track.

#5. Forgive yourself. Life happens. You might not be able to sit still for 2 minutes because the kids are everywhere one day. Or you overslept in the morning and got a late start. Or the shower broke down and you’re waiting on the plumber. Don’t beat yourself up over this stuff or whatever happens to be going on in your life. Be positive instead of negative. “I will meditate tomorrow according to my schedule,” works a lot better for motivation than, “I can’t believe I overslept and now I’m behind on my day.”

Meditation can become part of your routine. It can provide the benefits you want to have. I’ve shared my rules – what are your rules that help you stay with your meditation routine on a daily basis?

7 Ways You Can Meditate Better Each and Every Day

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Meditation requires a commitment. How we commit to it depends on each of us. What works for me, for example, may be the worst idea you’ve ever heard of at the moment. That’s okay. Without a commitment, meditation will unfortunately fade away as an idea that just seemed good at the time. If you’re struggling with your meditation times, here are some of the ways that I was able to adjust my approach. Hopefully some of these will work for you as well.

#1. Do it first. If you make time for meditation first, then the rest of the day just seems to fall into place. I know when I wasn’t making time to meditate be the first thing on my to-do list, there never really seemed like any time to do it.

#2. Keep it simple. I like to meditate in the same place each day whenever possible. If not, then I look for a place that is as close to my regular environment as possible. When you can establish a habit that involves the same time and the same place, that’s a recipe for meditation success.

#3. Make it something to which you can relate. I know when I first started meditating, I’d sit there for minutes on end, wondering what I was doing. Can you believe people actually do this stuff and think it’s awesome? And then one day, I compared meditation to watching a movie. The goal may be to receive entertainment, but there are deeper levels of joy that can come from the experience – like spending time with a loved one. That helped me to see how meditation could be thought of on multiple levels as well.

#4. Forgive yourself. If you miss a meditation time, it’s cool. No big deal. Don’t be your own worst critic. Just knuckle down and make meditation happen the next day. Otherwise I’ve discovered the temptation to begin skipping meditation becomes more difficult to ignore.

#5. Allow some flexibility when it makes sense. Your plans for a day can go in a different direction from the moment the alarm clock sounds. The kids begin screaming. The cat figured out how to get into the cereal cabinet the night before. Your boss calls and says they need you to attend an emergency meeting. Life happens. Put meditation into your schedule when you can during these moments. If it doesn’t happen, then try again the next day.

#6. Remind yourself of success. There are many positive attributes to meditation, from emotional stability to enhanced well-being. When you feel a little down, it can be easy sometimes to blame a bad meditation session. During the moments, remind yourself of those great benefits you’ve experienced in the past to make it through this difficult time.

#7. Be realistic. When I first started meditating, it’s almost like I expected rainbows and unicorns to celebrate my accomplishment. I wanted to feel awesome and I wanted that feeling right now. Except it didn’t happen. I felt disappointed. Was meditation really what it was cracked up to be? Over time, I did start experiencing what everyone else talked about, but it wasn’t immediate. Be realistic with your expectations. Give it time. Good stuff is going to happen.

How do you manage your meditation time? I’d love to hear some of the tips and tricks that you use to maintain your center on a regular basis.

5 Minute Meditation Practices That Change Everything

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There are a number of benefits that come with a regular time of meditation every day. The only problem is that getting started can feel pretty intimidating. I’ve been there. I used to think meditation was this far-off concept that could never be obtained, so I didn’t bother to try for the longest time.

What finally got me started was the idea that I didn’t have to meditate for 20-30 minutes to experience some of the benefits that meditation can provide. Just 5 minutes is enough to begin experiencing the wonders of what it can do. And who doesn’t have 5 minutes that can be set aside? Even 5 minutes in the bathtub can be a place for meditation.

So here is how I started my meditation habit and it has grown from there. If you’re at the beginning of your journey, then I encourage you to follow these steps to get your 5 minute meditation practice started right away.

#1. Set a specific time each day. Then set a 5 minute timer so you can stop worrying about how long you’ve actually been meditating.

#2. Allow yourself the privilege of relaxing. Close your eyes and shut out the world. Take some deep breaths. Feel your muscles begin to release their stored-up tension.

#3. Focus on a single point. This is where many people, including myself, get tripped up at first. The idea isn’t to clear your mind of all thoughts. It’s to focus on a single point and stay there in that moment. It can be a simple thought. It can be an experience. It can be a point of light or a specific sound. It must be something that is comfortable, but also easy to access so you can find your focus each day.

#4. Get into a comfortable position. If your leg fell asleep, it’s okay to move around a bit to become comfortable. Scratch the itch that happens. Find a way to be that is comfortable for you and then stick with that position – even if it’s a non-traditional meditation position. Some of the best meditation sessions I’ve had are me just lying down on the floor and closing my eyes.

#5. Control your environment. Sometimes there can be a lot of distractions around you which can be difficult to drown out. In those moments, I like to use some meditation music to help me focus. Aromatherapy can also be helpful, especially if the distractions are creating stress for you.

#6. Keep going if you can. 5 minutes is a great start. If you’re feeling good and you can spare the time, try to extend your meditation to 7 minutes. Or 10 minutes. Or 20 minutes. Whatever you feel comfortable doing. I would strongly encourage you to push yourself a little every day so that you can keep pushing yourself to be a little bit better each day.

Meditation doesn’t have to fit into some specific template to be successful. I started to get more out of meditation when I began putting my personal twists on how I practiced it and the same can be true for you. Give yourself 5 minutes each day, follow these steps, and you might just find the benefits of regular meditation are waiting for you.

Have you struggled to meditate successfully in the past? What helped you be able to overcome those difficulties?

Common Meditation Myths That Must Be Debunked

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I’ve lost count of the number of times someone has come to me and said they can’t meditate because they aren’t doing it right. Sometimes it is because they feel like they can’t spend enough time meditating or aren’t sitting in the correct position. At other times, the issue is the perceived lack of results that happens after meditation.

Unfortunately this happens because there are a number of meditation myths that are believed as fact. Let’s get them debunked today.

MYTH: For meditation to be successful, you must have a clear mind.

Fact: Clarity is something that should be striven toward, absolutely, but you are not a failure if you fail to achieve a quiet mind. The goal of meditation is to recognize your thoughts and feelings and to be able to identify them. Clarity cannot happen if there is no contemplation during the effort to achieve it. Look at your thoughts, contemplate them, and then let them go and I think you’ll find it will be easier to achieve clarity more often.

MYTH: There is a right way to do meditation.

Fact: There is your way to do meditation. Meditation is a personal experience instead of an exact science. There’s no special position, movement, mantra, or time that will help you to meditate. There’s only what you need and how you need it. I’ve heard of people who boot up Netflix to run a favorite TV show because it helps them to meditate. I’ve heard of people who meditate in the shower because that’s the only place their kids will leave them alone for enough time. Do what works for you and I think you will see better results.

MYTH: Perfect posture creates perfect results.

Fact: Comfort is more important than posture. How can someone hold a perfect lotus position if they have a back injury which limits their movement? Or a knee problem which makes it painful to sit in a lotus position? Your feet are the roots of who you are and your head is the canopy. Although it is beneficial to sit with good posture, it is more important to make whatever effort your body is able to make. Straighten your back, roll your shoulders, get comfortable, and I know you’ll be encouraged to meditate more often.

MYTH: You must sit completely still.

Fact: I think we’re all a little ADHD down at our core. The idea that complete stillness is required for meditation is borderline ridiculous. You’re going to shake out the foot that falls asleep. You’re going to shift positions if your butt or lower back start to hurt. This isn’t a mental failure on your part. It’s you listening to what your body needs. That, I would argue, is what meditation is ultimately all about: actively listening. Focus on your breath, not your position, and I’m certain you’ll be pleased with your next meditation effort.

MYTH: You must meditate in complete silence.

Fact: Meditation is better when it’s in a designated place. For many people, complete silence isn’t reasonable. The kids will make noise, jets will fly overhead, and traffic is going to happen. Unless you get up at 3am, complete silence isn’t going to happen. So designate a spot, let your mind get used to the background noise, and it will eventually seem silent even though it may not be.

These common meditation myths have held many people back from their full potential. Don’t let them hold you back any more. How is your meditation time coming along? I’d love to hear about what works for you and how you’ve developed your own meditation space if you have the time to share.

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