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In our fast paced world, meditation is becoming more and more popular as people search for ways to relax, de-stress, accelerate their spiritual development and enhance their quality of life. It's really no surprise that meditation is becoming so common as it has so many benefits to offer including:

Positive benefits:
Emotional and physical healing
Enhancing creativity
Profound deep relaxation
Increasing confidence and personal empowerment
Opening the heart and healing relationships
Curing negativity or self defeating behaviours
Improving performance in business or sports
Resolving psychological difficulties
Improving clarity in life
Spiritual development
Experiencing elation, freedom and expanded awareness

One of the easiest ways to experience the overall benefits of meditation is through a guided experience. Traditional unguided meditation techniques, while wonderful in their own way, do require some effort on your part. It's your job to keep your mind focussed and as clear as possible. But with guided meditation, you are guided into a state of meditation by spoken word guidance. You are guided step by step through a relaxing and healing process

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7 Myths of Meditation by Deepak Chopra

Myth #1. Meditation is difficult
The techniques can be as simple as focusing on the breath or silently repeating a mantra. One reason why meditation may seem difficult is that we try too hard to concentrate, weíre overly attached to results, or weíre not sure we are doing it right.

Myth #2 You have to quiet your mind in order to have a successful meditation practice
This may be the number one myth about meditation and is the cause of many people giving up in frustration. Meditation isnít about stopping our thoughts or trying to empty our mind Ė both of these approaches only create stress and more noisy internal chatter. We canít stop or control our thoughts, but we can decide how much attention to give them. Although we canít impose quiet on our mind, through meditation we can find the quiet that already exists in the space between our thoughts. Sometimes referred to as ďthe gap,Ē this space between thoughts is pure consciousness, pure silence, and pure peace. When we meditate, we use an object of attention, such as our breath, an image, or a mantra, which allows our mind to relax into this silent stream of awareness. When thoughts arise, as they inevitably will, we donít need to judge them or try to push them away. Instead, we gently return our attention to our object of attention. Be assured
that even if it feels like you have been thinking throughout your entire meditation, you are still receiving the benefits of your practice. You havenít failed or wasted your time. In every meditation, there are moments, even if only microseconds, when the mind dips into the gap and experiences the refreshment of pure awareness. As you meditate on a regular basis, you will spend more and more time in this state of expanded awareness and silence; where miracles happen.

Myth #3: It takes years of dedicated practice to receive any benefits from meditation.
The benefits of meditation are both immediate and long-term. You can begin to experience benefits the first time you sit down to meditate and in the first few days of daily practice. Many scientific studies provide evidence that meditation has profound effects on the mind-body physiology within just weeks of practice. For example, a landmark study led by Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital found that as little as eight weeks of meditation not only helped people experience decreased anxiety and greater feelings of calm; it also produced growth in the areas of the brain associated with memory, empathy, sense of self, and stress regulation. You will commonly hear from new mediators who are able to sleep soundly for the first time in years after just a few days of daily meditation practice. Other common benefits of meditation include improved concentration, decreased blood pressure, and enhanced immune function.

Myth #4: Meditation is a way to escape.
The real purpose of meditation isnít to tune out and get away from it all but to tune in and get in touch with your true Self Ė that eternal aspect of yourself that goes beyond all the ever- changing, external circumstances of your life. In meditation you dive below the mindís churning surface, which tends to be filled with repetitive thoughts about the past and worries about the future, into the still point of pure consciousness. In this state of transcendent awareness, you let go of all the stories youíve been telling yourself about who you are, what is limiting you, and where you fall short Ė and you experience the truth that your deepest Self is infinite and unbounded. As you practice on a regular basis, you cleanse the windows of perception and your clarity expands.

Myth #5: I donít have enough time to meditate.
There are busy, productive executives who have not missed a meditation in twenty-five years, and if you make meditation a priority, you will do it. If you feel like your schedule is too full, remember that even just a few minutes of meditation is better than none. We encourage you not to talk yourself out of meditating just because itís a bit late or you feel too sleepy. ďprecisely when you donít have time for yourself, is exactly the time you need it the mostĒ In lifeís paradoxical way, when we spend time meditating on a regular basis, we actually have more time. When we meditate, we dip in and out of the timeless, spaceless realm of consciousness and enter the the state of pure awareness that is the source of everything that manifests in the universe.

Myth #6: Meditation is a spiritual or religious practice.
Meditation is a practice that takes us beyond the noisy chatter of the mind into a place of stillness and silence. It doesnít require a specific spiritual belief, and many people of many different religions practice meditation without any conflict with their current religious beliefs. Some meditators have no particular religious beliefs or are atheist or agnostic. They meditate in order to experience inner quiet and the numerous physical and mental health benefits of the practice

Myth #7: Iím supposed to have transcendent experiences in meditation.
Commonly, people are disappointed when they donít experience visions, see colors, levitate, hear a choir of angels, or glimpse enlightenment when they meditate. Although we can have a variety of wonderful experiences when we meditate, including feelings of bliss and oneness, these arenít the purpose of the practice. The real benefits of meditation are what happens in the other hours of the day when weíre going about our daily lives. When we emerge from our meditation session, we carry some of the stillness and silence of our practice with us, allowing us to be more creative, compassionate, centered, and loving to ourselves and everyone we encounter.

 

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