Beyond the Misconceptions
Despite common misconceptions, Mindfulness and Meditation is a valuable tool for enhancing awareness, managing emotions, and reducing suffering by fostering present-moment awareness, letting go of destructive distractions, and becoming more in touch with our thoughts and feelings.
Mindfulness is an art that requires consistent practice. We’ve gotten so accustomed to going through life mindlessly, that the initial experience of being present in the moment may be jarring. However, by engaging in deliberate mental practices, you will become aware of the present moment, rather than dwelling in the past or future.
Debunking Myths About Mindfulness Meditation
Here, I want to debunk some myths about mindfulness and meditation.
1. Not having any emotions. Contrary to popular belief, mindfulness does not equate to a lack of emotions. When you start practicing mindfulness, you’ll realize that it does not eliminate emotions, but rather enhances your awareness of them. Instead of shying away from your emotions, you’ll become more in touch with how you feel, and let go of any destructive distractions.
2. Wiping Your Mind Clean. Mindfulness meditation is not about wiping your mind clean or losing touch with reality. It’s about becoming aware of what you’re thinking in the present moment, and using your mind in new ways.
3. Seeking a Blissful Life. The idea of a blissful life is appealing, but it is not what mindfulness meditation is about. It is not a path to achieve a god-like spirituality or an escape from reality. Many practitioners may feel frustrated when their minds wander during meditation, but this is a normal part of the process. Mindfulness meditation involves allowing both pleasant and unpleasant experiences to come and go without clinging to or rejecting them.
4. Withdrawing from Life. While a utopian state may seem appealing, mindfulness is not about seeking a blissful life or escaping reality. You will not magically become a monk or hermit, but instead experience life fully, one moment at a time, with increased awareness and presence.
5. Escaping Pain. Mindfulness meditation does not eradicate pain, but it does help you manage it. As you continue to practice, you’ll have a greater capacity to understand, endure and control pain, both physical and emotional. To alleviate the suffering caused by pain, it’s important to let go of resistance and avoidance, and experience it with moment-to-moment awareness and acceptance.
Be Alive 🌱
Love ❤️, Julia
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