Reframe your approach to meditation
Hey Fulfilled Femme,
Do you ever dread when someone suggests you meditate?
Are there blocks that you feel that keep you from using this transformational tool?
I used to.
My Experience with Meditation
When I first started on my meditation journey, I didn’t want to try it! I had so many preconceived ideas of how meditation was supposed to be, that I didn’t take the time to learn more about it.
I used to believe...
I couldn't quiet my mind,
meditating was hard,
the only way to meditate was to sit in silence,
and meditating was a religious practice.
…Until my mentor sat me down and we unpacked what it was that was blocking my ability to use meditation as the amazing tool that it is. I had to reframe my approach to meditation. Check out a previous blog post about my biggest meditation mistakes.
Eventually, I learned that meditation helps me with:
Dealing with stressful situations
Getting into a relaxed state
Tuning into my intuition
Calming my nervous system
There are so many benefits to meditation. Once I learned how to embrace it, there was no turning back! I even ended up getting certified in this powerful tool!
If you find yourself having trouble connecting to meditation as I did, read on as I unpack 4 of the main misconceptions of meditation and help you change your perspective so you can use it as a tool in your personal and business growth.
4 Meditation Misconceptions:
1) You need to quiet your mind
Deepak Chopra once said that everyone thinks the purpose of meditation is to tune out when it really is meant to help you tune in to yourself.
The purpose of meditation is not to cancel every thought the moment it starts, but to acknowledge the thought, and then let it pass. They are probably coming up for a specific reason. The purpose of meditation can then become more about learning to listen, rather than to silence your inner voice.
I began to allow the thoughts to come up without judgment and allow them to pass through me. Then I would reconnect with my breath or the voice of the meditation facilitator to refocus and connect deeper.
2. It takes a lot of time.
Many people think meditation is sitting in silence for hours every single day, and if that’s the case, no wonder so many of us think we don’t have the time for it!
What is so amazing about meditation as a practice is that it is just as effective in a 2-3 minute session as a 20-minute session, as a 2-hour session! It’s not the amount of time you spend, but the quality of that time.
I meditate twice a day now. A 10-minute practice in the morning and a sleep meditation at night. The night meditation runs as I sleep.
3. To meditate I have to sit in peace and quiet!
When you think of meditation, do you see a monk somewhere in a temple on top of a high mountain?
Just like with the amount of time, the environment does not matter! There are so many methods of meditation. You can even meditate as you’re moving- while practicing yoga, walking, dancing, painting, or even coloring!
Meditation can take any form, as long as it helps you tune inward to yourself.
4. You need to be really good at it for it to work.
Can I tell you one of the worst-kept secrets of meditation? There is no such thing as being good at meditation… If we’re too busy comparing it to someone else’s experience!
Meditation is whatever your experience needs to be in the moment. When I first started, I would fall asleep! I was so embarrassed. Everyone around me would talk about the amazing visualizations they had, and I had nothing to share.
But then I learned that in the beginning, that’s just what I needed. As long as you show up to meditate, you’ve already received the benefit, no matter what kind of experience you have.
My favorite meditation tools:
Insight Timer - This is an amazing app you can download that has thousands of hours of all different kinds of meditations.
Sleep Meditations - Insight Timer has some, but you can also look on YouTube. I have been using guided sleep meditations almost every night for the past 4 years and not only do I have some of the best nights of sleep of my life, but it also helps me set positive programming into my subconscious mind.
I hope unpacking these misconceptions helped you get a new perspective on meditation.
If you are wanting to dive deeper into this powerful tool, feel free to book an intuitive healing session with me. I incorporate meditation as a vehicle to heal your mind body and soul. Learn more here.
See you next Tuesday at 12 noon EST for the next post. Until then feel free to check out last week's blog about 3 Steps to Boost Your Energy.
Love and Light,