There’s a big fat myth about meditation.
This myth is believed by meditators and non-meditators alike.
It’s especially believed by people who’ve tried to meditate, but gave up because they sucked at it.
Or think they sucked at it.
Because of the myth.
Here’s how it goes:
I try to meditate, but I can’t do it because I can’t stop thinking.
That’s it, right there. That’s the myth.
And the myth buster goes like this:
Noticing that your mind can’t stop thinking is precisely what meditation is about.
Indeed, listening to those thoughts IS meditation.
The meditation myth has us believing that meditation looks like this:
No thoughts. None. Nada.
And while it’s true that if you meditate long enough, you can get to that place, it takes a while.
Meditation usually starts out more like this:
Then, gradually, you get just a little more space around your thoughts.
Gradually is the key word here. It can take years. And years. And more years.
Then, after even more years, this starts to happen:
And, sometimes, this happens:
It’s blissful when this happens, but it’s often followed by this:
And there you are, back to a head full of thoughts.
The meditation myth affects everyone, like I said earlier.
It not only stops beginners from sticking with a meditation practice, it also messes with the minds of seasoned meditators.
Like me, for example.
I hear someone bragging talking about their meditation practice, and how this showoff person feels all aligned with Oneness and their mind is so open and spacious when they meditate and they wish everyone could feel the blissful peace they feel.
Suddenly, I feel like I’m not doing it right, whatever that means.
But there is no right.
There are as many different experiences of meditation as there are meditators.
Yes, there are a few souls who start meditating and right away, their minds are quiet and they’re on the Fast Track to Chill.
But that’s not usually the case.
So if you tried to meditate and “failed,” now you can try again!
And if you’ve been meditating a long time and think you’re “getting nowhere,” you’re wrong! (No offense.)
There are tons of benefits to meditation, which I’ll talk about on the next installment of Life in Z-D. So stay tuned!
In the meantime, happy thinking thinking thinking meditating!
Check out our Joy Jams meditation video HERE!
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