The 5 Most Common Meditation Myths, Debunked (Video)

There was a time, maybe 20 years ago, when you could only purchase a yoga mat at a yoga studio. Nowadays, you can buy one at any Kmart, which is a clear sign that yoga has saturated the market.

And riding on the heels of the Westernization of yoga is meditation. But unlike yoga, meditation is often misunderstood by those who are new to the practice. Collectively, meditation teachers have done a poor job with explaining what meditation is and how it works, because many of us don’t fully understand it ourselves.

As a result, people who are new to meditation often find it extremely difficult, with scant returns. Others have written it off as a nice idea, and that it's ultimately a waste of time.

How can a practice that is supposed to be so beneficial, also be so challenging?

Part of the confusion lies in the slew of misconceptions surrounding meditation, such as the notion that your thoughts are the enemy, or that there is no correct way to meditate.

In this TEDx talk, I shed light on what I’ve discovered are the five most common meditation myths that can cause a well-meaning meditation practitioner to discard their daily practice, or worse, to feel that they are incapable of meditating.

Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to anything, but there are best practices that can apply to all activities, meditation included.

If you’re having a hard time with meditation, or find it confusing, watch this talk and get some insight into the misconceptions that may be blocking you from experiencing the full benefits of this very simple practice.

Light Watkins

Meditation Teacher & Founder of The Shine
Light Watkins is a Santa Monica–based Vedic Meditation teacher, mindbodygreen class instructor, a TEDx speaker, and author of The Inner Gym, and Bliss More, How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying. He grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, graduated Howard University with a Bachelors degree in communications, and is based out of Venice, CA. Light recognized his passion for teaching meditation after meeting his Guru in 2002. Following years of daily meditation, Vedic studies, and apprenticeship, Light traveled to India to be trained in the ancient ways of teaching meditation. Afterwards, he dedicated himself to transforming people from all walks of life into self-sufficient meditators. Light’s students have used meditation to whip PTSD, hypertension, sleep deprivation, anxiety, depression, and even cancer. To date, Light has personally taught over a thousand people to meditate, having yet to meet someone he couldn’t teach.Visit his website at LightWatkins.com to learn more.
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