6 Common Misconceptions About Meditation

1. “I don’t have time.” Research indicates that sitting in silence for as little as five minutes a day can reduce stress and enhance focus.

“I don’t have time.” And there’s also meditation’s primary purpose, which is to bring about self awareness, which can influence all aspects of your life.

2. “I don’t know how.” You may already practice a form of it if you’ve ever sat cross-legged during yoga class or are familiar with Savasana

“I don’t know how.” Simply sit somewhere, whether on the floor or on a chair or on a rock as you’re hiking. You might even prefer to lie down.

3. “I’m afraid to be alone with my thoughts.” There’s an irony to this common misconception about meditation.

“I’m afraid to be alone with my thoughts.” Again, it comes back to witnessing and observing your thoughts rather than automatically believing or becoming lost in them.

4. “I’m not doing it ‘right.'”' This is perhaps the most common misconception about meditation.

“I’m not doing it ‘right.'” When you can find trust in the face of insecurity during your meditation practice, he explains, you will find that something changes.