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3 Meditation Misconceptions

Here are 3 Meditation Misconceptions that I am debunking. It is important to share this because these are legit reasons on why I was so hesitant to try meditation but now… I love it and I want to encourage others to give it a try!

Some Background and Disclosure

I suffer from anxiety and I want to break stigmas around talking about mental health. I am a firm believer in “healthy” is more than just our bodies. It’s also our minds. I am always interested in natural ways to help anxiety. If my story can help someone else, then I’m doing my job.

3 Meditation Misconceptions

The first BIG misconception I had was that if I meditated, who would I be meditating to and is this against God? You see I’m a Christian. For the longest time, I thought I was going to be doing something wrong if I meditated instead of prayed.

Truth is when you meditate, you can do both. Most times, I do keep my prayers seperate (by choice) from meditation but often I start off meditation with ” Lord remove this anxiety/negative thoughts” and then I practice the meditation.

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I thought meditations had to be long

I think this is from simple ignorance- when I thought about meditation in the past, I always thought about Monks who meditate for hours.

Whether they meditate for 2 hours or 8 hours- meditation for yourself doesn’t have to be all day. I found some great meditations to be 5-10 minutes long. That is a great starting point for beginners!

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I didn’t know what to expect

This fear was based around a little of everything. Such as, overthinking will my brain really shut off, will my body react, and will I feel emotions?

On super stressful days, I can say all of the above does happen but in a positive way. Yes, meditating will help get your brain focused. It will shut off, you can repeat mantra’s, pray or simply take deep breathes in order to reset your focus.

Your body will react in a way that it will get relaxed and renewed. As far as the emotions, some days I cry. But being able to express that emotion and letting it out helps. Most days after meditating, I feel very calm.

Now that these 3 Meditation Misconceptions are debunked

This is how meditation is helping

When anxiety and panic come on, I use meditation to help regulate my breathing and to help gain control of my thoughts, and banish negative overthinking.

I try to keep my meditations short but effective. I like to use guided meditations from my Peloton app or from Apple Fitness.

Do you have any misconceptions around it or have you tried meditating? I would love to hear from you!

Do you want to learn more about Mindset? Be sure to check out my post, What’s Your Favorite Love Story? and Quotes of The Week.

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