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Top 10 Common Questions and Answers About Meditation

  1. Will meditation make me too chilled out to succeed?

Many people believe that meditation is about zoning out and not paying attention to your surrounding but in actual fact, proper meditation will increase your concentration skills and effectiveness. There is a misconception that being tense will help you succeed when in reality relaxation will more likely help you get things done.

  1. How can I find the time to meditate when I’m busy?

It can seem impossible to fit meditation in when you have a busy schedule but once you have the basics, you can practice for just a few minutes each day whenever you have a quick break. Remember not to put pressure on yourself to practice for hours at a time.

  1. Do I have to sit on the floor to meditate?

Although most imagery depicting meditation shows people sitting cross-legged on the floor, this is not a requirement. If you have trouble in this position, try sitting on a chair, standing up or laying down. When you’ve found the position that works for you, remember to keep your back straight.

  1. How can I overcome restlessness?

Being restless is a normal feeling when you’re new to meditation practice, so don’t be too hard on yourself. It should settle down the more you practice, but try to move past it by focusing on your breath. If you lose concentration, gently bring your thoughts back to your breathing.

  1. How can I avoid falling asleep during my practice?

Falling asleep is a common problem that people face when they begin meditating. If you feel sleepy, try sitting up straight and moving your face to invite some energy in. If this doesn’t work, you may want to meditate standing up or repeating a certain movement that will keep you awake.

  1. How can I tell if I’m meditating correctly?

The great thing about meditation is that there isn’t a right or wrong way of doing it as it all depends on the individual person. However, you should know that trying any meditation is better than not meditating at all. Instead of focusing on the action, try to focus on being.

  1. Can I meditate whilst I’m doing other activities?

If you cannot find the time for formal meditation, using other activities as a basis for your practice can be helpful. Use the mindfulness that you have accumulated to be more present during daily activities and you will find that you are able to complete them with more ease and humor.

  1. Can I meditate and keep my religion?

Meditation is not a religion in itself so you don’t have to give up your religious beliefs to practice. You may even find that your religion helps you meditate as you can create mantras that you can really believe in. Repeating these can support your concentration and deepen your mindfulness.

  1. What can I do when my family is unsupportive?

Not everyone understands the benefits of meditation so try not to take it personally if your partner or family don’t support your practice. If you they do not respect your private meditation time, maybe have a word with them and to let them know why it is important to you.

  1. Can I become healthier through meditation?

Studies have proven that regular meditation can indeed improve your health. This is because meditation allows you to forget your everyday stress and focus on the bigger picture. This invites positive feelings of happiness, joy, and relaxation into your life at a higher rate than people who do not meditate.