Many people have misconceptions about meditation. Want to know?
It’s no surprise. Most people get their basic information about meditation from the mainstream media, and the mainstream media like to tell you tall tales without explaining the fine details. They miss the vital facts you need to know about meditation.
In this article, I am going to elucidate things for you. I am going to share the secrets of meditation that you need to know if you want to get the most out of your practice. Some of these may surprise you, but they are all one hundred percent true.
Meditation Secrets You Should Know
1. Why are there so many techniques?
You may have noticed that there are a lot of different meditation techniques.
If you add up all the different methods of Buddhism, Hinduism, yoga, modern techniques, and others, you’ll find that there are over a thousand different forms of meditation. Yet I frequently hear people saying that “Meditation is just sitting still focusing on your breath”.
Nope. Not true.
There are very many different ways to meditate, including mantras, chakras, meditating on different objects, various sound methods, movement techniques…
There is a reason why there are so many different techniques. And that is because different methods give you different benefits.
If you want to get the most out of meditation, you need to use different techniques. If you only stick to one form of meditation, you are going to miss out on the majority of benefits that meditation offers you.
2. Meditation apps do not work
Here’s a fact that developers like Andy Pudicombe don’t want you to know: Meditation apps don’t work.
Headspace, Calm, Pacifica…they do not work. Yes, they are relaxing, but they do not offer the same benefits as a genuine meditation practice. Just take a look at Guided Meditation VS Silent Meditation. You will be amazed.
There is a very specific reason why meditation apps don’t work. It’s because they cause you to split your focus. Usually, when we meditate, we focus on one thing (such as the breath). But when we use a meditation app there is also the instructor’s voice. It is impossible to focus on one thing if you are also focusing on the voice of the meditation teacher in the app. And that is why meditation apps don’t work, no matter how much money they make.
Meditation apps only exist as a way to monetize a practice that should be free. Yet another meditation secret that big corporations don't want you to know.
3. Meditation does nothing, yet it is essential.
Hear me out on this one. Meditation does nothing, and yet it is perhaps the most valuable thing you could possibly do.
Meditation does not do anything. It simply allows your mind to reset to the place where it naturally would be if only it weren’t for all the stress and pressure we are put under.
Meditation calms negative thoughts and anxiety, but only because it reduces the effect that society has on us.
In essence, meditation makes our minds work the way they naturally should work. It doesn’t add anything. Rather, it removes many negatives that we are forced to endure. Essentially, it is like pushing the reset button on your mind.