Myth #1-You must sit in silence for meditation
Sooooo not true! A meditative calm can occur when walking, running, humming, dancing, or singing. The focus is our breath not our movement. Have you ever been so intently focused on something that your breath matched your movement? You my friend were meditating.
Myth #2: Meditation takes hours.
Who has hours to meditate? Not me and most likely not you. We all can benefit from literally five-minute meditation breaks. That’s it. Five minutes to refocus and recharge. Pause what you’re doing, gently close your eyes if accessible, and begin counting your breath. Try counting to five and then start all over again until you have sat for at least five- minutes with your breath. A timer can help you keep time. After this brief pause you will feel like a new person!
Myth #3: You’re not “good” at meditation.
Okay all you over achievers this ones for you! There are many different forms of meditation and there is no right or wrong way to do it. It’s called a meditation practice. We are practicing to strengthen a skill of both monitoring and focusing our attention. It’s an opportunity to practice a new way to respond to your thoughts, emotions, sensations, and distractions so you can rewire your brain for new habits and patterns. So if you stopped meditating because you were distracted or couldn’t stop thinking you weren’t doing it wrong, you actually were doing it right. Not that there’s a wrong or right way, but you know what I mean!