A lot of people write off meditation as a hippy-dippy waste of time.
But meditation is really just hardcore mindfulness, and it can change your life for the better. It's the misconception about what kind of person meditates that keeps so many newcomers of the practice at bay.
Here are six things many people get wrong about meditation.
You have to be in an open, clutter-free space
You don't need to be in yoga studio to practice meditation. You can do it from the comfort of your couch, in your bedroom, or even on your daily commute.
Remember: It's not about the physical space, it's about your mind.
You can only do it cross-legged
When people hear the word "meditation," they probably immediately envision a person in all white sitting lotus-style. While this may work for some, it's not a necessary position to put yourself into.
Meditation is meant to be a doable act for everybody at their comfort level.
You have to do it in complete silence
One of the goals (and benefits) of meditation is to quiet the mind (among other things).
If you are focusing internally, any external noise should not affect your process.
You have to block off at least 1-2 hours to do it
Many people are immediately turned off by any activity that requires an allotted time.
Good news: Even if you only have one minute to meditate, you can still do it! There is no set time requirement to connect with your mind and concentrate on your breathing.
You have to clear your mind
This one sounds a bit bizarre, but quieting your mind and clearing it altogether from thoughts are two wildly different things.
The goal is not to silence your thoughts, but rather to acknowledge them and not let them consume you.
You have to do it for years to perfect it
For some, learning to meditate can take one day; for others, it can take a month. Don't become overwhelmed with perfection. Take your time, respect yourself, and don't add unnecessary pressure to your process.