In September of this year, the Huffington Post reported Six Myths About Meditation from Dr. Deepak Chopra, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and an adjunct professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. An avid author on many health related topics, Dr. Chopra has long been a proponent of meditation.
In the article (read it for yourself here), the Mayo Clinic is cited stating, “Meditation is a way to reduce stress by focusing your attention and eliminating the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind.” But, as Dr. Chopra points out, many have misguided ideas about what meditation is and how it works.
The Six Myths listed (and countered) by Dr. Chopra are:
1. Meditation is hard. (“Though it’s best to learn from an experienced, knowledgeable teacher, the techniques can be as simple as focusing on your breathing or silently repeating a mantra.”)
2. You need to quiet your mind completely to meditate successfully. (“Through meditation we can find the quiet that already exists in the space between our thoughts.”)
3. It takes years of practice to receive any benefits from meditation. (“The benefits of meditation are both immediate and long-term. Other common benefits of meditation include improved concentration, decreased blood pressure, reduced stress and anxiety, and enhanced immune function.”)
4. I don’t have enough time to meditate. (“In life’s paradoxical way, when we spend time meditating on a regular basis, we actually have more time.”)
5. Meditation requires spiritual or religious beliefs. (“Meditation doesn’t require a specific spiritual belief, and many people of many different religions practice meditation without any conflict with their current religious beliefs.”)
6. I’m supposed to have transcendent experiences in meditation. (“Although we can have a variety of wonderful experiences when we meditate, including feelings of bliss and oneness, these aren’t the purpose of the practice. When we emerge from our meditation session, we carry some of the stillness and silence of our practice with us, allowing us to be more creative, compassionate, centered, and loving to ourselves and everyone we encounter.”)
Would you like to learn more about meditation? Join us for our Mindfulness Meditation & Movement with Anna Leisa Schuh, a 4-Week Series beginning Sunday, October 13th! Practice structured meditation and movement, explore through readings and discussion, and learn home-based practice ideas.
Register online or at the studio.
Mindfulness Meditation & Movement
October 13-November 3
Sundays @ 5:30-7:00 pm
Fee = $100 (or $90 if before 10/9/13)
(At least 5 students need to register before 10/9 for the classes to be held.)
See you at the studio!