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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.

3 comments… add one
  • I think probably our ancestors in Europe practised some kind of meditation. I often feel that I am meditating when I am doing some sort of handcraft. What do you think Cherie?

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  • I had certainly always thought that meditation was hard and that you needed to ‘stop thinking’. You’ve certainly cleared up that last misconception!


  • Thanks for debunking some of the common myths about meditation, especially # 5, which stopped me for awhile before I realized I could do it nearly anywhere.



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