The Benefits and Myths of Meditation

Meditation has gone mainstream and is now making its way into the workplace—for good reason. Among other benefits, meditation helps employees relax, improves focus and productivity, and reduces stress. But despite the many benefits of meditation, there are some misconceptions about it that prevent people from ever trying it.

Here are some common myths about meditation:

 

Myth: Meditation is difficult.

Truth:  Meditation simply means single-minded focus. It can be as simple as focusing on your breathing or repeating a single word (such as “Om”) or a mantra.

 

Myth: You have to stop thinking to successfully meditate.

Truth:  Thoughts will surface during meditation. Part of the process is acknowledging those thoughts and then returning to your breath (or other focus). Over time it becomes easier to find and stay in the quiet space that exists between thoughts. Those new to meditation may find it easier to start with a guided meditation, such as this 5-minute one designed to elicit positive emotions. This link will take you to Dropbox where you can click on the blue download button to download and play the mp3 file on your computer.

 

Myth: It takes years of dedicated practice to get any benefits from meditation.

Truth:  The benefits of meditation are both immediate and long-term. Studies show you can experience benefits the first time you meditate.

 

Myth: I don’t have enough time to meditate.

Truth:  Those who spend time meditating on a regular basis paradoxically find that they actually have more time. Because they are more focused and relaxed, they accomplish more while doing less.

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