5 Common Myths About Meditation Busted

Do I have to stop drinking alcohol??

5 Common Myths About Meditation Busted Mindful.org

Want to be more engaged, dynamic, happy and creative in all aspects of life?

What if we told you sitting comfortably and closing your eyes for a few moments each day could help that!

Vedic meditation is ideal for people who are busy and don’t have the ability or time to sit cross-legged for hours, but are still looking to gain the benefits of meditation.

And the practice isn’t just something religious people or monks in robes do!

Celebs like Oprah Winfrey, Ashley Hart, Hamish Blake, Hugh Jackman, Jenna and Channing Tatum, and Russell Brand all take time out of their days to perform a meditation practice.

While American author Tim Ferris who interviews people around the world performing at the top of their game like CEOs, Politicians, Sportspeople and Artists has found that over 80% have a meditation practice.

There must be something in this! 

But do you have to cut out meat and envisage a white light? Absolutely not!

We spoke to Vedic meditation expert Janoah van Kekem who has busted a number of myths about meditation.

Five top Myths about Meditation

  1. You have to stop drinking alcohol
  2. You have to stop drinking coffee
  3. You have to stop your thoughts
  4. You have to sit still for long periods of time
  5. Meditation is religious

None of these are true!

"Meditation is not about us suddenly having to stop doing the things we enjoy, but to allow us to perform at a higher level and have greater enjoyment of the things we are doing" Janoah says.

"Vedic Meditation naturally moves you to deep states of rest – deeper than we can get to during sleep - allowing the body to dissolve the build up of stress, tension and fatigue". 

It does not require you to stop your thoughts or clear your mind - which let's face it, seems a bit impossible right now!!

"All you need is 10-20 minutes (ideally twice a day) and the ability to sit comfortably and close your eyes" he says.

We think we all could handle that!

Checkout more from Janoah in the video below –

Janoah is currently based in Sydney but regularly travels around Australia for introductory talks or to run his course on Vedic Meditation. For more info, check out his website.