What are meditation misconceptions?

There are a lot of silly misconceptions around meditation. I’m guilty of having preconceived notions around the practice. I used to think you couldn’t meditate if you aren’t a monk. I also thought you had to wear hippie clothes and live in a monetary. I never pictured myself practicing meditation much less teaching.
Here are 5 common misconceptions and truths around meditation.
1. Myth: You must be religious or change your religion to meditate. Truth: Meditation can be religious, but it doesn’t have to be practiced as part of religion. Meditation is a non-sectarian, non-religious, and non-theistic practice. It’s simply a mental exercise with a plethora of known benefits.
2. Myth: You have to sit a certain way to meditate. Truth: You can sit however you want in meditation. Sitting isn’t even required, but it is preferred to prevent falling asleep. Sitting in a chair or on the floor is completely acceptable no need to sit in a lotus position on a cushion as seen in many traditional meditation pictures.
3. Myth: You must stop thinking to be able to meditate. Truth: Thinking during meditation is completely normal. Thinking in general is completely normal. Meditation helps quiet your mind and refocus your intentions.
4. Myth: Meditation must be practiced in a temple or holy place. Truth: Meditation can be practiced anywhere it is relatively quiet and you feel safe. I often meditate in my car.
5. Myth: You must practice for years to notice the benefits of meditation. Truth: Research studies show significant changes in a person’s brain after only a few short weeks of meditation.

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