Meditation: Benefits, Struggles and Misconceptions

Meditation can improve cognitive functioning, strengthen communication in the prefrontal cortex, increase creativity, peace, self-acceptance and health while decreasing anxiety, depression and stress.  I took my first workshop in Transcendental Meditation in 2005, began practicing regularly and felt calmness in the midst of chaotic New York City that I never experienced before.  Since then my practice has fluctuated up and down in a love-hate kind of way.  It’s tough and I often have a hard time quieting my mind and staying focused.  If you read Eat, Pray, Love, you know the feeling I am talking about as Elizabeth Gilbert painstakingly struggles to make it through her first day of meditation.

Today on the Huffington Post, Susan Piver wrote a great piece (click here for article) on Meditation and the 3 coinciding misconceptions:

  1. Meditation means you have to stop thinking.
  2. Meditation turns you into a peaceful person who is unruffled by anything.
  3. Meditation is a means of self-improvement and stress reduction.

I am re-committing myself to a regular meditation practice this week.  If you currently meditate, have become frustrated in your attempts to meditate or are considering learning to meditate, you will find this article informational, useful and dare I say, enlightening.

DK

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