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How to Buy Organic Groceries without Breaking the Bank

If you’re like me, you believe that health is our most precious asset. Those of us who have suffered through serious illnesses can attest to the fact that there is nothing more important than your health. It doesn’t matter what you have: you can’t buy, trade, talk, or negotiate yourself out of illness, disease, and overall poor health. You’re the only YOU you’ve got, and if you want to maintain the best quality of life, you’ve got to take care of yourself – body, mind, and spirit.

When it comes to the body part, eating healthfully is one of the primary keys to physical well-being. It’s important to consume the purest, most nutritious foods you can find.Healthy organic food

But, as I’m sure you’ve noticed…food is getting very expensive! If you buy quality, chances are you’re spending a lot more at the grocery store than you did a couple of years ago. When you’re committed to buying organic, healthy, nutritious food, your grocery bills soar even higher.

So what do you do, especially if you’re on a budget? Here are five tips to help you navigate through the crowded and often confusing food marketplace:

1. Buy farm direct. If you live rurally, you’re in great shape. Many farmers sell directly to the public at significantly reduced prices. You can get farm fresh, cage free eggs from local hens as well as many different types of produce (depending upon where you live and the time of the year, of course). Dairy is also great to source locally, and if you’re fortunate enough to live in a state that allows raw milk, go for it. I was delighted on a recent visit to Utah to find an ample—and local—supply of this highly nutritious food at a local health-focused market and deli. You may even be able to source your meats locally. On another recent trip, this one to the Hawaiian island of Kauai, I was excited to see local fishermen selling their fresh daily catch all around the island.

If you live in a city, find your local farmers market. Chances are your city has many. Local Harvest has a great tool for locating farmers markets in your area.

2. If you have Trader Joe’s markets in your area, give them a shot. Trader Joe’s offers GMO free foods, many of which are organic, with a focus on healthy, natural foods. That’s not to say that every one of their offerings is a pure health food, but they certainly are a cut above the average grocery store. And you may not know this, but their prices are lower than national chains for comparable items. When I lived in southern California, my local Trader Joe’s posted a receipt from a very large national chain next to a Trader Joe’s receipt. The two receipts contained the same (or equivalent) items. The difference was that Trader Joe’s boasted a price that was more than 30% lower than the national chain! Woohoo!

3. Costco. Yes, I said Costco. Believe it or not, this huge warehouse chain is now carrying a substantial amount of organic food. My local store has even made the organic products easier to identify by using a green plastic sheath around the shelf descriptor/price tag (as opposed to the clear ones they use for non-organic products). You may have to buy in bulk, but you’ll save a bundle. If you don’t have a large household, consider Costco organics for your items with a longer shelf life. For example, I’ve been using their cartons of organic chicken stock for a few months now with great results.

4. Use the web! I just learned about a new online store that offers a truly unique format. It’s called Thrive Market. Thrive offers only GMO free products, many of which are organic. Like Costco, Thrive is a membership based model. But the cool thing is that whenever you buy a membership, Thrive donates another membership to an underprivileged American family. If you are truly committed to organics, the annual fee will pay for itself within the first month, and you can feel good about the fact that you helped another family go organic.

Thrive offers free shipping on orders over $49. And, at least for now, you can get a free 30 day trial membership. Check out Thrive Market. I think it’s a really great concept that is long overdue.

5. Try growing your own food – from organic (preferably heirloom) seeds. While I realize this is a big step for many people, I always suggest starting out with some small pots of herbs in your kitchen or other windowsill. Try herbs that you use often, like rosemary or basil. Herbs are fun and easy to grow! Once you get the hang of it, maybe you’ll try growing a tomato plant in a small pot on your patio or in your living room. If you can produce even a small portion of your own food, you’ll notice the difference in your monthly grocery bill.

If you have other suggestions, please write in and let me know! Or simply comment on this post. We can all use as much help as we can get when it comes to frugal organic shopping!


Cancer: Is the Treatment Worse Than the Disease?

I’ve long believed that conventional medicine relies too heavily on drugs that treat symptoms (rather than the underlying problem) and/or cause actual harm to the body. This iDrugs are toxics a significant topic with strong feelings on both sides of the issue, though alternative treatments that allow the body to do what it has always done naturally—heal itself—are becoming more widely accepted. While I don’t see western medicine leaving the drug trade anytime soon, I’m encouraged by an article I read this morning.

Radiation for Brain Cancer is More Harmful Than Good

Yahoo News released a story today regarding the treatment of brain cancer. Cancer is a multi-billion dollar industry for the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and anything that questions the toxicity of treatments that are a very profitable part of cancer treatment represents a step in the right direction.

According to Yahoo, a recent study indicates that radiation treatment to the entire brain does not prolong survival for brain cancer patients. On the contrary, it harms memory, speech, and thinking skills. There is no actual benefit from this type of brain radiation. In fact, one of the doctors involved in the study said that the negative effects far outweigh any benefits.

Alternative Cancer Treatments Exist

Alternative medicineReading the results of this study and seeing an article about it as the top trending story in Yahoo today gives me some hope that perhaps someday the treatments and, yes, non-toxic CURES for cancer that are banned, ostracized, and otherwise prohibited in the United States may someday be embraced by practitioners who are interested in actually healing their diseased patients.

This topic is one that’s close to my heart, as I’ve lost two dear friends in the last few years to brain cancer. One of them was a physician and teacher who had a significant impact on my life. For the knowledge, training, and insight I received from Dr. David Simon, I am more grateful than I can ever express. The world lost this truly amazing being to brain cancer in 2012. Dr. Simon, a neurologist who diagnosed his own condition, suffered through traditional treatments while he utilized alternative therapies in an effort to save his still young life. I remember how he and his son Max chronicled the journey.

A year prior to Dr. Simon’s death, I lost a 35 year old friend to brain cancer. She was fit, healthy, vibrant, successful, and beautiful. I watched her go through radiation and saw the hair loss, mental fog, swelling, and other side effects that caused her nothing but loss of quality of life in those precious remaining months.

My 53 year old aunt, who is sadly not open to alternative treatments, beat breast cancer last year but she went through unimaginable agony as well as the emotional trauma of complete hair loss courtesy of chemotherapy. I fear that she will never be the same. Not because of the cancer but because of the treatment.

Non-Toxic Cancer Cures

Woman meditatingOn the positive side, a friend and colleague of mine beat breast cancer without the use of chemotherapy or radiation. This powerful, vital woman followed her inner guidance and sought out alternative therapies. Another colleague—also a vibrant, healthy, lovely woman—was recently diagnosed with cancer. She also is avoiding toxic chemotherapy and radiation and has found a wonderful clinic in California that offers promising alternatives, including high dose intravenous Vitamin C treatments and some other experimental and fascinating scientifically grounded natural therapies.

If you are suffering from this insidious disease or know someone who is, there are ways to avoid or at least supplement the toxic, poisonous methods conventional medicine employs as “treatment.” You can start with the great resource page Natural News has created. And you can always write to me if you have specific questions.


7 Quick Tips to Help You Avoid Genetically Modified (GMO) Food

In my last article, I talked about the importance of GMO labeling. Unfortunately, what seems like a “no-brainer” is not yet a reality in America.

So what do you do in the meantime? Learn the best ways to avoid buying genetically modified foods. Here are 7 tips to get you started:

1. Buy organic. Look for the USDA Organic label on packaged foods and for stickers designating “organic” on produce (see tip #5 for more information on produce). USDA Organic foods cannot intentionally contain genetically modified ingredients.USDA Organic Label

2. Look for the Non GMO Project seal. According to, “The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products. We currently have over 27,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products from 1,500 brands, representing well over $11 Billion in annual sales. Non-GMO Project Verified is currently one of the fastest growing labels in the natural food sector, and increasingly is an attribute sought by conventional brands as well.”Non GMO Project Logo

If you can buy foods that bear both the USDA Organic label AND the Non GMO Project seal, you’ve hit the jackpot! That’s as good as it gets. Well, almost…see tip #7 for the most certain way to avoid GMOs.

3. Learn which foods have a greater chance of being genetically modified. At this time, the following crops have the highest degree of genetic modification:

  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Canola
  • Sugar

There are a number of others as well. The Non GMO Shopping Guide is a great resource for a more comprehensive list. You can download it here.

4. When it comes to dairy, always try to buy organic, and avoid anything that’s “ultra-pasteurized.” Dairy is a big topic and the subject of another article, but the key point is to stress organic here whenever possible. Look for that USDA Organic label. If you can’t find organic, look for dairy that is produced from cows not given the rBGH or rBST hormones.

5. Learn how to read fruit and vegetable labels. This is a handy tip that I’ve recently learned myself. Not all fruits and vegetables will have labels, but those that do can give you great insight into the way the food was grown.

  • If the label has a 4 digit number, it has been conventionally produced (meaning it’s NOT organic).
  • If the label has a 5 digit number beginning with the number 9, it IS organically grown. Yeah!
  • If the label has a 5 digit number beginning with the number 8, it’s a GMO. Don’t buy it!

6. When it comes to meat, buy chicken that is labeled organic so you’re not eating meat that was raised on GMO feed. For beef, buy 100% grass fed. If that grass fed beef is labeled organic, even better!

7. Grow your own food. This is a big one, and it’s the only way you can be completely sure that you’re getting GMO free food. I realize this is a big leap for most people and seemingly impossible for many. But consider starting small. Grow a few herbs in small pots on your kitchen windowsill. It’s fun! Maybe from there you’ll try experimenting with a tomato plant in a pot on your patio or balcony!

These are the guidelines I use at the grocery store. If you follow these simple steps, you’re well on your way to avoiding most genetically modified foods.


GMO Labeling: Why Doesn’t Monsanto Want Us to Know What’s in Our Food?

The debate over GMO foods rages on, and for good reason. Many, including all of us here at Holistic Health Expert, believe that GMO foods pose a serious risk to our health. GMO labeling, in particular, is a hot topic, and it’s a very important one. Read on to find out how we feel about this vigorously debated issue.

Monsanto, a giant publicly traded American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, is the primary force pushing the widespread use of genetically modified foods. These are the folks who also pioneered the toxic herbicide glyphosate, better known as Roundup.

Monsanto, of course, wants us to believe that GMOs are safe. They have a major financial stake in this technology and only stand to profit from the widespread use of genetically modified organisms.

Monsanto has also dumped millions of dollars into fighting numerous GMO labeling initiatives that have popped up across the country, many of which are grassroots campaigns, such as the one still gaining momentum in Texas.

Label GMOs in Texas

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What exactly is a GMO, anyway? Well, according to the Institute for Responsible Technology:

“A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.”

To me, right off the bat, this sounds scary. Frankenfood? Really? No, thanks. Not for me, anyway. There are SO many reasons to avoid GMOs, and writing up a comprehensive list isn’t the purpose of this article. However, if you want to learn more about the health and other problems created by the use of genetically modified organisms, there is an abundance of information available online. will give you a great start, and for some very detailed and easily understandable information about GMOs, please check out the Institute for Responsible Technology’s education page.

Whether you agree with my point of view on the health hazards of GMOs or not, shouldn’t people have a choice as to whether or not they buy foods produced with GMOs? This is America, after all, and we are supposedly in an age of “transparency” (yeah, ok, that’s another topic!). If GMOs are perfectly safe and they’re all the great things that Monsanto claims them to be, why not simply label packages? Why spend millions of dollars defeating state ballot initiatives all over the country? That makes no sense to me.

Some contend that it will cost the food industry millions to add GMO labeling to products. I’ve seen no evidence of this great expense. Plus, if Monsanto can funnel multi-millions into fighting labeling campaigns nationwide, why can’t it instead divert these funds into the actual labeling process?

Products are required by law to list ingredients. Organic products are required to bear a very specific logo and comply with strict standards. There are a number of other labeling regulations at the national level and some at the state level. If we have the right to know all of these things, we certainly have a right to know if what we are buying, what we are putting into our bodies, contains genetically modified organisms.

So, again: Monsanto, if these products are SO SAFE, why are you so against GMO labeling? It’s a simple right-to-know issue. And if what you say is true, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Right?

Bottom line: support GMO labeling. We all have the right to know what’s in our food. Support initiatives in your home state, and please support grassroots campaigns like the one in Texas.

By the way, don’t look to the federal government for help. Last year a congressional panel decided that Americans are too stupid to have GMO labels (no, I’m not making that up! Check it out!).

Truth in labeling. It’s the right thing to do.


Is Pepsi Really Trying to Be “Healthy?”

As you may have heard, Pepsi recently announced that it plans to stop using the artificial sweetener, aspartame, in its diet soda products. The public backlash to aspartame’s health hazards has been substantial enough to cause Pepsi to reformulate its beverages. That’s fantastic news for health proponents, and GREAT JOB to all of you who have been expressing either vocally or with your wallets that it is not acceptable for any company to produce a health threatening food or beverage.

This is absolutely a step in the right direction, but it’s not a perfect solution. While I don’t advocate soda of any kind as being “healthy,” regardless of whether it is diet, regular, or natural, removing a now known multipotential carcinogenic agent is definitely a good thing. But replacing it with sucralose (aka Splenda) – another artificial sweetener that has its own set of health threats – is not the solution.

You may not know this, but sucralose shares many of the same adverse effects with aspartame. As pointed out by Dr. Joe Mercola (, research has indicated that sucralose has additional negative impact on the body, including reduction of beneficial gut bacteria by 50%.

No Artifical Sweeteners

This one really hits home for me. The gut is considered by some physicians and health researchers to be the body’s “second brain,” and it’s crucial that you maintain healthy function of this complicated mechanism. A healthy supply of friendly intestinal flora is crucial to a properly functioning digestive system, and to wipe out half of it so easily (a mere 12 weeks of Splenda accomplished this) is very scary. As someone who has suffered from IBS (and ultimately cured myself) can attest, intestinal trouble is debilitating and effects virtually every other aspect of your life.

So what do you do? My suggestion is to avoid soda altogether because it offers no health benefits, whether regular or diet, and has an adverse impact on the body (for lots of reasons) regardless of type or manufacturer. Replace your daily soda intake with fresh, clean water or tea (preferably green and/or herbal).

I know this will be a big jump for some people. If your soda habit is tough to kick, try cutting back instead of going cold turkey. Gradually reduce the amount of soda you drink daily, and you’ll find that when it’s gone from your diet, you won’t miss it at all. Also, switch to a “natural” soda, such as BlueSky, that utilizes fewer toxic ingredients. If you can find a soda sweetened with stevia, a safe herbal sweetener, that’s even better.

For the full story and research citations, please check out Dr. Mercola’s excellent article on the topic here:



The Difference Between Hybridization and Genetic Modification in Food

There seems to be a good deal of confusion between the terms “hybrid” and “genetic modification” (note: genetically modified food is also called “GMO” which stands for genetically modified organism).

I want to clear this up, since there is a HUGE difference between the two.

Hybrids are the result of cross-pollination between two species of plants. For example, peppermint is a naturally occurring hybrid. It is a cross between watermint and spearmint. If cross-pollination between those two species never happened, we would have no peppermint, a universally known flavor.

Seedless fruits, such as watermelon and oranges, are the result of hybridization. Even readily available fruits and vegetables, such as broccolini, tangelos, and pluots are all the result of cross-pollinating two species.

The hybrid phenomenon is natural. You could even say that all fruits and vegetables are hybrids, as they’ve undoubtedly changed over the last few thousand years. Whether we create a hybrid or whether it naturally occurs, the process is perfectly normal. Hybrid fruits and vegetables are safe to consume.

Genetically modified foods are an entirely different story. A genetically modified organism can be any plant, animal or microorganism which has been genetically altered using molecular genetics techniques such as gene cloning and protein engineering. In other words, genetic modification involves the actual altering of the organism at the genetic level.

Genetic modification is used, for example, to add a pesticide into a plant. YES, scientists are implanting pesticides right into our food itself! Sure, it makes the crop much easier to grow for the large corporations that are taking over farming. It results in much greater harvests. But at what cost? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to eat pesticides. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to genetic modification!

GMO is a huge topic, and this brief post barely even skims the surface of the problem. My main concern was clarifying the difference between genetically modified foods and hybrids.

I’m concerned that if people start thinking their seedless oranges are genetically modified, they’ll think GMOs are safe for consumption and are making our lives easier. Neither is true! PLEASE spread the word. Hybrids are NOT GMOs.

One of the best discussions of the difference between hybrids and GMOs I’ve found is at Mark’s Daily Apple. If you’d like more information on this topic, that’s a great place to start.



Health Department Orders Farmers to Destroy Organic Food

When I read an article about what happened to Quail Hollow Farms back in November, I was in shock. I could not believe that the health department, in a theoretically less regulated state like Nevada, would attack a local farm which was guilty only of serving perfect, organic food to its guests.

What really put me into a state of total shock is that I KNOW these people. I buy from Quail Hollow Farms at a local farmer’s market every Saturday. This husband and wife team is truly a joy to work with. Laura and Monte are two of the most lovely people I’ve ever met. Their mission is to provide good, pure, healthy food to people. Is there anything more decent and honorable than that?

I’m not always a believer in conspiracy theories, but things like this have really convinced me that the government or whatever “powers that be” are determined to seize full control of the food supply. What better, more stealth weapon can there be than food? Genetically modified, processed, preserved, pesticide laden, chemically ridden foods keep us sick, compliant, and dumbed down. Sounds like a sci-fi novel, huh? But mounting evidence shows this crazy theory to be true. Check it out for yourself. There’s tons of information available at Dr. Mercola’s site and hundreds of other sites. Don’t be fooled, be informed and make your own educated decisions.

To read all about what happened at Quail Hollow Farms, click the link to be taken to an article on the Natural News website.I hope you’ll see the seriousness of this issue and the way in which it ties into many similar occurrences across the country. If you’re so inclined, there are a number of ways to take action. Feel free to write to me if you’d like some resources to help you find real food and/or to speak your mind to your elected representatives about what they’re doing to our precious food supply.


Why You Should Eat Fish

Fish has been a staple in the human diet for ages, and for good reason. It’s one of the healthiest, highest quality proteins you can consume.

Fish is vitamin and mineral rich, containing many essential nutrients such as vitamin D, vitamin B2, calcium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and iodine. But probably the most important health benefit of fish is its high content of omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids are most prevalent in…no surprise…fatty fish such as wild salmon, tuna, sardines, and black cod (also known as sablefish).

If you’re even a little health conscious, you’ve probably heard quite a bit about omega-3 fatty acids and their health benefits. Omega-3s have been researched thoroughly and, though research is ongoing, science agrees that they are important nutrients for the health of your brain and heart.

The most important thing that omega-3s do for your body is reduce inflammation. Excess inflammation is linked to heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and more.

Two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are EPA and DHA, which are both long chain fatty acids. I don’t want to get too scientific, but it’s important to note that the long chain fatty acids found in fish are much better for your health than the short chain fatty acids found in some plants.

Since our bodies don’t produce omega-3s, we must get them through the foods we eat. You can also take supplements, but as Michael Pollan argues in his stellar work In Defense of Food, you should strive to get as much of your  nutrition from food (as opposed to supplements) as possible.

There’s been a lot of controversy in the last few years over fish. Since pollution is growing and spreading to our oceans and rivers, fish have been absorbing toxins, such as mercury. These toxins are passed on to us when we eat the contaminated fish.

While we do eventually eliminate these toxins, putting them in your body in the first place isn’t a wise idea. For one thing, it takes our bodies a good deal of time to get rid of them, so they can accumulate in your system and cause illness.

Certain fish, such as wild caught salmon, are much lower in toxins than other fish. Salmon is one of my personal favorite health foods. Aside from very high levels of omega-3s, salmon also has a couple of other powerhouse nutrients.

Sockeye salmon is the richest food source of vitamin D known to science. Astaxanthin, a lesser known yet incredibly powerful antioxidant, has its own anti-inflammatory properties and is what gives salmon its unique color.

Even though certain fish, including wild caught salmon and sablefish, are lower in mercury and other toxins, you do need to be careful about where you buy fish. I recommend Vital Choice. They are well known and highly respected. From personal experience, I can tell you that their product is exceptional, and their service is fantastic.

(As a sidenote, NEVER buy farmed salmon. It is extremely high in toxins. “Atlantic Salmon” is farmed, so don’t be fooled. “Scottish Salmon” is usually farmed as well. Be sure to ask anytime you buy or order salmon if it is farmed or wild caught. Your best bet is to buy from Vital Choice, which offers not only wild caught salmon but a number of other healthy fish along with a nice variety of other healthy food choices.)

If you’re still concerned about the risks of eating fish in this day and age, the preponderance of published research suggests very strongly that the well-documented developmental and preventive rewards of fish-rich diets outweigh the minuscule, hypothetical risks to human health. I eat fish on a regular basis, and I buy from Vital Choice.


Finally! Progress in the War Against GMOs

If you’re not familiar with the term GMO, it refers to genetically modified organism. A GMO is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.

Our food supply has been genetically modified for a number of years now. Numerous scientific studies have been conducted showing how harmful GMOs are for our health. To me, it’s just common sense. I mean, think about it. Genetically modifying our food in some lab? Just so it’s cheaper for the food producer? We’re not designed to consume food created in a lab. Common sense says that we need to be very careful when tampering with Mother Nature like that.

The good news is that there is finally some progress in the war against GMOs. An effort was recently announced in California that would put an initiative on the ballot to REQUIRE the labeling of GMOs in foods. Many experts believe this would be the end of GMOs. Hallelujah!

Following are some highlights of the ballot initiative and the use of GMOs in general:

  • The measure does not ban GMOs. It simply mandates labeling, which will allow consumers to decide whether or not they want to buy a food with genetically engineered ingredients.
  • According to one statistic, 75% of all non-organic processed foods contain GMOs.
  • Polls suggest that up to 95% of Americans want to know which foods contain GMOs.
  • The GMO industry will fight this ballot initiative HARD. It is a question of their survival.
    They make claims such as “GMOs are necessary to feed the world” or “genetically engineered crops are perfectly safe.” Both of these statements are patently false.
  • If you live in California, please sign a petition to put this initiative on the ballot. 700,000 signatures are needed. That’s a lot. Go to and click on the “Millions Against Monsanto” campaign to see how you can help.

Some fantastic companies and organizations have come up with substantial funding to help make sure this initiative makes the ballot. I’d like to recognize:

  • Dr. Bronner’s – $1,000,000
  • – $500,00
  • Nature’s Path – $500,000
  • Organic Consumers Association – $250,00

There are other contributors, and I thank every person and business who is helping move this forward. I’m sorry I don’t have a complete list. If you are aware of other contributors, please write in and let me know.

And please: do whatever you can to help ensure that this initiative appears on the ballot. It’s going to take all of us to defeat GMOs. Hey, if Monsanto is so concerned just about labeling, there’s gotta be something wrong…


Common Myths About Meditation

While I know I’ve covered a few of these in other articles, I thought it would be a good idea to bring all of the common objections together into one post.

Myth #1: Meditation is Hard
Meditation is completely natural and is as easy as sitting down and closing your eyes. If you’re doing an open eye meditation and/or a walking meditation, you don’t even have to worry about those things. It’s a very natural state of being. You don’t have to TRY to do anything at all. Meditation is about being, not doing. Really, it’s the simplest thing you can do.

Myth #2: I Must Be Able to Clear My Mind to Meditate
As I thoroughly covered in my post Why It’s OK to Have Thoughts During Meditation, it’s perfectly normal to have thoughts while you’re meditating. All meditators have them at least occasionally, no matter how experienced. You’ll find that your mind gradually begins to calm down as your practice progresses, but even if you’ve been meditating for years you’ll go through a day or even a few weeks where your mind doesn’t want to calm down.

Myth #3: Meditation is Only for Monks or Religious People
The tradition of meditation goes back thousands of years. Yes, monks, priests, and religious people do meditate. But so do teachers, doctors, firefighters, salespeople, veterinarians, food servers, and people from any other walk of life you can conceive—whether they are religious, spiritual, atheist, or agnostic. Meditation is non-religious, non-sectarian, and it certainly isn’t a cult. For more detail on what meditation is, see my previous post What Is Meditation?.

Myth #4: I Don’t Have Time to Meditate
While many traditions, including one of my favorites, advocate 40 minutes to an hour of meditation daily, it’s possible to reap benefits in as little as 10 minutes per day. It’s also possible to meditate 5 days (or fewer) per week rather than 7 and still see benefit. A little meditation is better than no meditation. I think anyone can take 10 minutes out of a day for a brief meditation.

Myth #5: I Have to Have a Special Place or Room to Meditate
While some people choose to have meditation rooms, sanctuaries, gardens, altars, or other special venues, it is not necessary. I usually meditate on my living room couch! You don’t need any special place, clothing, or equipment. All you need is yourself and your willingness to meditate.

These are the top 5 objections I receive about meditation. Do you have others? I’d love to hear your concerns or questions regarding meditation.