Debunking Fake News on Meditation

Updated: Apr 18, 2020

Back in 2011 I had just left a toxic relationship and found myself in a new city, feeling quite depressed and lonely. I don't exactly remember how, but I downloaded a few guided meditations and I was amazed at how these recordings had the ability to relax and calm me down. I didn't make much of it until I started reading a bit more about consciousness and about meditation itself, I also did yoga quite regularly by then and sometimes my yoga teacher would include a mini-meditation at the end of the class. I really wanted to learn to meditate, and boy, it wasn't easy. Why? Firstly, because I didn't know about these major fake news about meditation.

Fake news about meditation

1. You're not allowed to think while meditating

Super fake! Meditation does not mean you don't think. In fact, when you first start meditating you will think A LOT. Although meditation does eventually lead to stilling the mind, the actual act of meditating usually consists of this:

"I'm inhaling, I'm exhaling, I'm inha.. oh, I didn't call my mom yesterday. I should call her right after this... where was I? ah, yes, inhale, exhale.. my nose is itchy... oops, I'm totally distracted now. Ok, let's start again... inhale, exhale..."

Meditation is actually the act of being aware of your thoughts and returning back to that point of concentration that you chose (e.g. the breath, a candle or a mantra). By doing this, with practice, you will start noticing the thought patterns that you have, noticing them without judgment and letting them pass. You will become mindful without feeling mind-full. Capisci?

2. You can only meditate in a cross-legged, very yogi-like position

Nope. The truth is that you can meditate in any position, as long as you feel comfortable - you could sit on a chair, for example, or prop yourself up with cushions until you feel really comfortable in your body. Ideally, your lower body should be on the ground and your spine straight. If you lie down, you will probably fall asleep. This is why it is always recommended that you sit.

3. You have to meditate every day

You don't HAVE TO do anything. Isn't