Meditation is a practice that has been utilized around the world for thousands of years. In recent years, scientists have found that meditation may have the ability to positively affect an individual’s mental health, productivity, sleep, and cardiovascular health. Despite the many benefits of meditation, many people misunderstand what the practice involves. As depicted in movies or TV shows, meditation is often misinterpreted as an act of worship of some kind when that is not the case. This interpretation is misleading, which can significantly influence someone’s perception of this practice. Although meditation may not be for everyone, its simplicity and numerous benefits should be enough encouragement to those willing to give it a try.
Common Misconceptions about Meditation
- Meditation doesn’t have to take long
One of the most common misconceptions about meditation is that it can take hours when it is possible to meditate for only a few minutes. Meditation requires a clear mind, a still body, and focus on breathing. All you have to do is start with a few deep breaths to calm your body and clear your mind. Focusing on breathing at a steady rate can be difficult at first but becoming aware of how you are breathing for about one minute can help when starting out.
- Meditation doesn’t require a special space
Although you don’t need to meditate in a specific location, some places can be more effective. Finding a spot that is both comfortable and free of any distractions can be beneficial and helpful when starting out.
- There’s no way to fail at meditation
The ultimate goal of meditation is to help you gain control over your own mind and emotions—thus, losing focus during this practice may feel as though you aren’t reaching that goal. If you think of meditation as an exercise for your mind, it can help you realize that losing focus isn’t a failure, rather, it is a training of the mind and body. When we exercise, we repeat movements to gain strength. When we meditate, we train our minds to stay focused for a longer period.
- You do not need to be religious to meditate
Quieting your mind does not require religion although, many religious individuals do utilize the practice of meditation. No matter your religion, practicing meditation allows you to experience a peaceful break from a racing mind. In essence, the act of mediation is either a secular or religious practice—it is up to the individual to decide.
Chiropractic and Meditation
It is no surprise to learn that there is a correlation between a person’s emotional well-being and physical health. Our emotional well-being can impact our bodies much like chronic emotional stress can affect our bodies’ ability to heal. Because chiropractic aids the body by slowing the system down, it can significantly help you reap the many benefits of meditation. At Atlas Injury to Health, Dr. St. Louis has been a clinical-treating chiropractor that has assisted thousands of patients who are dealing with chronic pain, performance injuries, and upper cervical pain. If you are seeking to improve your physical well-being, please feel free to contact Atlas Injury to Health for assistance.