"Awaken with Meditation" is part of Kind Karma's Mission Program called, "TALK" - Teach All Loving Kindness. TALK is about teaching others how to connect with their own innate Loving Kindness and building a global community of Kind Karma Creators. TALK is a call-to-action and its aim is to teach people specific methods of how to choose kindness in their lives, and to spread Kind Karma® to those with whom they share the world. Awaken with Meditation is one such method to assist in this calling, as it plants the seeds of positive change through holistic health, harmony, balance and self-empowerment.
In "Awaken with Meditation" we teach: "Meditation is a life-long practice, and you will benefit most by not attaching or holding onto the results of your daily practice. Just do the best you can every day, and then let go. After a particular session, if you feel the need to reflect upon or process what happened during your meditation, then make a contract with yourself - a gentle agreement, that upon completion of your reflection you will let go of whatever you reflected on. Stick to it! Personal contracts only have meaning when you uphold the integrity of that contract. Just remember what we say in Rahini Yoga®: 'Meditation is the art of letting go, not the art of holding on.' With meditation, if you feel a need to hold on to something, then hold onto FAITH." (Dr. Dean Telano).
During Kind Karma® "Awaken with Meditation" training courses, we filter through the myths, misnomers, misinformation and confusion about meditation. You can say, we "awaken" our understanding of what meditation is, and what it's not. We teach that meditation is not about turning off the mind, but awakening our mind.
Here are seven meditation myths we address during the training courses. In a future blog I will address additional common myths or misconceptions.
"Awaken with Meditation is a journey of a lifetime, and each inner journey begins with the first mindful breath." - Dr. Dean Telano
Myth #1: You Can't Meditate Because You Think Too Much
Say what?! We all think. It's normal. It's natural. In fact, our minds are designed for thinking. After all, any creative idea begins with a single thought, and then grows and multiples from this point forward. A good rule of thumb is that even though all people can benefit from meditation, it's often the people who say they "think too much to meditate" who could really benefit from regular meditation practice. It's very helpful when beginning a meditation practice to remind yourself thinking is a natural and an expected part of meditation; it's part of the "meditation" experience. For those individuals who have constant chatter of the mind, it's very important that you learn the correct meditation skills to redirect your thoughts back to your meditation.
Awaken with Meditation Tip: "Part of the meditation experience is learning how to tune inward and finding your center, time and time again. It's a gentle, continuous process."
Myth #2: Meditation Is Difficult To Do & Too Hard To Learn
The bottomline is when you receive instruction from an experienced, knowledgeable teacher, meditation is not difficult to learn. In fact, it can be fun and enjoyable as it is challenging. Meditation techniques can be as simple as focusing on your breath, gazing at a candle flame, silently repeating a mantra or counting numbers. Some reasons why meditation appears to be difficult are: we are trying too hard to concentrate or focus; our meditation posture is incorrect; we set up unrealistic meditation parameters; we're overly attached to the results or outcome(!); or we’re not sure we are meditating correctly. A qualified meditation teacher will help you understand what you’re experiencing, move you past common roadblocks, and create a nourishing, successful daily practice.
Awaken with Meditation Tip: "There's nothing to do or fix in meditation, there's only let it be and let it go."