"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 and mindfulness. You can say, we "awaken" our understanding of what meditation and mindfulness is, and what it's not. We teach that mindful meditation is not about turning off the mind, but awakening our mind, awareness or attention.
"Awaken with Meditation is a journey of a lifetime, and each inner journey begins with the first mindful breath." - Dr. Dean Telano
10 Myths about Mindfulness
If we can expose these kinds of beliefs about mindfulness as myths or misconceptions, we can remove one barrier to "being" in our lives in a very profound way. Most of us find it challenging enough to consistently practice mindfulness, even without having serious misgivings about its main principles, beliefs or foundations.
You can use the following list as a guide to improve self-awareness and as a means to discover insights about your daily thoughts, mental, physical and emotional responses, actions and behaviors.
MYTH #1: Mindfulness is the Same as Positive Thinking
When we practice mindfulness, we are practicing being with all our mind states - the thinking (includes good or not so good thoughts), engaged, critical, and autopilot mind. At times, being mindful means being aware of these mind states and how they communicate, combine or alternate with one another.
MYTH #2: Mindfulness is a Quick Fix
It takes discipline to practice mindfulness, and time to unlearn the patterns of a lifetime, so letting go of particular expectations, being patient and trusting in the process is a helpful attitude to adopt. We have to build, strengthen and develop our "mindfulness muscles," especially if we have self-induced mindfulness muscle atrophy through disuse. We might also have to reshape or resolve our attitude towards mindfulness, such as frustration or impatience.
MYTH #3: Practicing Mindfulness is about Learning How to Relax
Practicing mindfulness is not about learning how to relax. You might relax when you practice mindfulness or meditation, but then you might not. If you are unable to relax, this doesn’t mean you are doing it wrong. We are not practicing to achieve any particular mind state but merely noticing our experience whatever it may be. Mindfulness is just being... mindful (yes, there's more to productive mindfulness, however, that's for another blog post).
MYTH #4: When We Practice Mindfulness We are Learning How to Empty Our Minds
Being mindful is not trying to empty our mind of conscious thought (we need those!). Rather, we are lea