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The goal of meditation is multifaceted and complicated, and it’s often misconcieved. Here, five of those common meditation myths are debunked. You don’t *have* to sit up straight, for starters. Five Common Myths About Meditation Debunked. You may also like.

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1 Comment. Share it: Of all the wellness trends that have exploded into the mainstream in the past 10 years, meditation is one that’s worth a try. It’s well-researched and has been shown to reduce stress, improve sleep and build overall emotional health. Even with these.

Women’s Health magazine debunks the Top Five Myths about meditation. The goal of meditation is to eliminate thoughts. Meditation is not about blocking out thoughts, it’s about what you do with thoughts when you become aware of them.

You should always feel calm during and after meditation. Do not judge your experience during the meditation, but rather by the cumulative benefits in everyday. Audio On Debunking 5 Common Myths About Meditation Contributed by Our Friends at TEDx Talks. In today’s episode of 7 Good Minutes, we have our Mindful Monday segment where we hear about some of the most common myths about meditation.

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Published 6 years ago: October 15, 2014 at 7:00 am-Filed to: meditation. mind hacks psychology. Myth 5: You need to commit a chunk of time per day to meditat e “I think that’s the hardest part about meditation,” Milligan says of committing time to daily practice. “I’m not perfect. I don’t meditate every day and I should meditate more – but it’s not something you have to be perfect at and that’s what I love abo ut it.”. 5 Common Myths About Meditation Debunked. By Lifehacker on at. You’ve probably heard that meditation can be beneficial, but how much do you actually know about it?

Many aspects of meditation are often misunderstood or misinterpreted. Let’s debunk some of these myths. Five common myths about meditation debunked.

October 15, 2014 Wildmind Meditation News No Comments. Myth: Meditation is About Clearing Your Mind of All Thoughts In its purest form, meditation is about focusing on emptiness. However, you don’t have to do that. Meditation is effective as long as you merely minimize distracting thoughts. Debunking 5 Meditation Myths.

March 2, 2020. There are lots of myths about meditation, and in this blog we will be debunking five of the biggest misconceptions. 1. Meditation is hard Meditation has now become a popular and acknowledged tool for wellness and mental health as a way of understanding ourselves and reducing stress.

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What reason is there to believe that meditation actually offers any of the benefits claimed for it?

“A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy” by Steven M. Emmanuel
from A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy
by Steven M. Emmanuel
Wiley, 2015

Myth #8 The eighth myth is that kundalini yoga is esoteric and will never be testable or scientific.

“Kundalini Rising: Exploring the Energy of Awakening” by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Dorothy Walters, Various Authors, Andrew Newberg, Sivananda Radha, Ken Wilber, John Selby
from Kundalini Rising: Exploring the Energy of Awakening
by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Dorothy Walters, et. al.
Sounds True, 2009

A second study by Sara Lazar was done with those who had no meditation experience whatsoever.

“Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep” by Kamini Desai
from Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep
by Kamini Desai
Lotus Press, 2017

16 His Holiness explained that practitioners of the Yoga of the Five Elements meditate successively on the natural sounds of water, earth, fire, wind, and space, allowing them to permeate their consciousness and guide them toward an experience of what he called the Subtle Mind of Clear Light.

“The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet's Lost Paradise” by Ian Baker, Dalai Lama
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by Ian Baker, Dalai Lama
Penguin Publishing Group, 2006

Here are five of the most common meditation myths I’ve encountered, particularly as far as productivity is concerned.

“The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy” by Chris Bailey
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by Chris Bailey
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I’ll dive into these misconceptions, and several other ones, over the course of the book, but let me say right here that there is nothing “foreign” about meditation.

“Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple” by Russell Simmons, Chris Morrow
from Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple
by Russell Simmons, Chris Morrow
Penguin Publishing Group, 2014

What evidence was there that mindfulness meditation was any more effective than relaxation training?

“Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition” by Zindel V. Segal, John Teasdale, Jon Kabat-Zinn
from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition
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Guilford Publications, 2018

The second is that I found many of the reasons why meditation has been promoted over the past few years problematic.

“Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions” by Johann Hari
from Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions
by Johann Hari
Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018

This was the first good study to be published in a respectable journal that showed the effect of remote meditation on measured individuals carrying out the same form of meditation.

“Spirituality and Psychiatry” by Christopher C. H. Cook, Andrew Powell, Andrew Sims
from Spirituality and Psychiatry
by Christopher C. H. Cook, Andrew Powell, Andrew Sims
Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2009

To begin with, as we have seen, the Third Meditation introduces substance as one of the real common simple natures.

“The Cambridge Companion to Descartes” by John Cottingham, René Descartes, Professor of Philosophy John Cottingham, Cambridge University Press
from The Cambridge Companion to Descartes
by John Cottingham, René Descartes, et. al.
Cambridge University Press, 1992

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  • The esotericism with which meditation is mistakenly approached brings about widespread misunderstandings that, when it comes its practice, ends up being nothing but a distraction that in most cases, turns into an excuse to justify not carrying it out. The overestimation of meditation’s results seen as a stepping stone towards a determined goal or towards success are as well the reason why people abandon it, it simply does not suits the current standards of life as people are having their mind fixated on the quick results in exchange of short periods of time doing nothing, and that is the point at issue, people are not used to doing anything that does not seem productive enough to spend time in, otherwise they feel they are wasting it.

  • sẽ nghe nhiều lần, shocking useful truth about:
    1. wandering mind = more rest (better than sleeping mind)
    2. meditation at age 30, after 5yr, become 23
    3. a lot of time u won’t know ur successful meditate…until someone else realize that in u first: how much more adaptable are u being in ur life.

  • In 5 or so years of trying to find the simplest most basic starting point/ explanation for how and why to do it,this is it. Right on Light!
    You got the right stuff. I think if we go seeking for a master Guru or teacher and try to emulate that were pretty much failing from the get go.

  • I will never tell spituel knowledge to anyone anymore it really messes with the silence. Real wealth is within an inch in front of me is heaven its always there with you u remember it when ur body falls away

  • He has very cleverly re packaged transcendental meditation, with just enough difference to not get sued. And in the process made a frickin fortune by breaking into the celebrity meditation circuit too. Very clever and lucrative

  • Really enjoyed this video! I agree, meditation is something that takes practice but it shouldn’t be super complicated. Sometimes we overthink it when all we need is to keep things simple:) I just made a video about some habits that have helped me be successful, meditation is for sure a big one!

  • Thank you for your TED talk. I had been meditating with some success, and I feel confident that after listening to your talk, I will have better meditation experiences and results. You have ‘relaxed’ my expectations, and I feel now I can be more accepting of different meditation experiences and enjoy and embrace them. It’s all good.

  • why don’t people look up the meaning of a word before they use it? =3 instead we just give words new meanings on the daily and no-one knows what anything even means any more, we’re just babbling on like fools.

  • NOTE from TED: Please be aware that this talk contains outdated and counterfactual assertions, and should not be understood as a representation of modern scholarship on ancient civilizations.

  • One thing about “Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut”: If you start to meditate daily, it really becomes more like the woman not walking out of the restaurant. A meditator starts to naturally see what is important and what isn’t. They become naturally way less triggered. It’s about brain function, and the brain de-coupling the automaticity of the amygdalic response. But the meditator himself or herself doesn’t even see it or feel it in the moment. It isn’t like you really want to tell someone off or hurt them, but you “control” yourself for your sake or theirs. Your brain starts functioning in a completely new way, where the idea of telling someone off, or arguing with them or punching them, just doesn’t occur to you. Or if it does, the idea seems kind of funny, and you sort of inwardly laugh at the idea. Meantime, your brain starts noticing how good your dinner tastes, or what a nice smile your mate has. It’s like that, not a top down self-control thing.

    But also, if an emergency arises, and physical action is required to prevent someone getting hurt, a meditator responds quickly, without dithering. Needed immediate physical response becomes automatic. It’s just that somehow the brain becomes much more adept at reading situations and seeing to the core of them, and realizing when action is needed, and when it isn’t. But it happens faster, it processes faster than the cumbersome conscious mind.

  • What’s the difference between suppressing thoughts and “coming back to focus on your breathing”? That’s just another wording for the same thing imo. You could negative-define focusing on one thing as cutting out everything else.

  • I’ve been meditating regularly for almost 20 years and this my new favorite video on meditation! Excellent tips for the greatest gift you can give yourself:-)

  • perfect video on the most popular topic meditation. it clearly differentiate the myth and actual definition of meditation. it also cleared the my doubts about how to focus on certain things

  • 16:25 anyone else’s breathe automatically stops once you notice it? Granted, I’ve now learned how to go long periods of time with little to no breathing but it doesn’t stay a automatic process.

  • I’ve changed my mind about meditation after this TED talk. I can do as he instructed rather than how I’ve been taught in the past; it never was sustainable bc it was just so difficult and I didnt gain anything that I know of. It’s so difficult to think of NOTHING. Lol
    10 minutes of focusing on breathing after my amazing Wim Hof breathing exercise works wonders. Look up Wim Hof (IceMan)…these 2 go together fabulously.
    Also trying SOMA breathwork.

  • It’s hard to NOT think about a thought that you DO NOT want to think about because how would you know what you’re not supposed to be thinking about if you spent 1 second telling yourself to not think about this thing. So instead, stop trying to push a thought out of your head but train your attention on something different instead of trying to block a thought. Invite a idea and think of different ways to change that thing. Example: think about a truck that you have to redesign, it has 2 doors but you want 4, then the shape has to be different and soon you’ll find that you have to think for a minute to remember that old thoight that you wanted to NOT think about.

  • How unfortunate, another ego based speaker giving the paid observers exactly the easy way out, they paid for. I realize my experience in meditation dates back to the early 70s until present but giving false information to make it seem easy and sell tickets is not what this is about. You must tame the mind anything less is just sticky and far from the goal. After taming and then calming the mind, the goal is to slowly raise your vibration and become connected to the spirit. These are your goals and like anything dealing with energy, it is work. Paying for retreats, talks and treks across the world will not do this for you. I’m sorry this is something you need to do for yourself and the ones around you. Remember that it is all contained inside of you already. Using aids like books or vid’s is ok but their is nothing to buy.

  • you were quite after telling us to picture a polar bear but kept saying polar bear when you wanted us to not think about a polar bear. Trying not saying polar bear 3 or 4 times after you told us to close our eyes.

  • What you feel!! Meditation is not for productivity, or changing then world. Meditation is who you are, just like the bird flies and the fish swims. You are source or what society calls the creator. Meditation is for remembering that we are all. ONESS!!

  • DMT reached mW at I forgot. Focus mandalas the homesik land. UK teaches you to force and do not be. That’s obviously on purpose. Wing chun 1hour to learn from within.hemi sync very very good for middle brain balance polar opposite davinchi then up thing Genesis s about qigong iching blue tastels and science jakobb or mind pressure points are a throne for us true self get a diagram a pencil and a ruler draw or try form. I am that I am. God so are you what did u think god is point to lost ones point to ursa minor and schwatrch and alpharatz. The 3rd star in the big dipper its in all 12 I think. Excuse grammer. God don’t use it much. Peace gods

  • Meditate on the Inner Mounting Flame / Divine Light. The young guru Maharaji [ Prem Rawat ] gives a meditation technique that originates in India and is described in ancient texts. First, obviously, Prana, the breath. Then up to the visual experience called ‘third eye’, because you look forward and up. You see there the light of consciousness, the same illumination of your dreams. There is more to know, and this Knowledge is really a way into your inner self. Check it out!

  • This is a cool Ted talk but if you really want to now dive deeper into it check out Sadhguru. He is the most prominent person spreading all this positivity in the world. He also explains it in such a simple manner. Most other gurus and masters make everything so complicated but not Sadhguru.

  • Great interview. I began mediating almost 2 months ago and this interview gave me the courage to continue on with mediating. Thank you for your insight Light Watkins and Shawn.

  • All meditation methods were first taught to the world by Lord Gautama Buddha 2600 years ago in India. Lord Buddha found all these meditations methods by himself without the help of any teacher when he was searching the path for the enlightenment and supreme Nirvana. People around the world have given different interpretations and words to more than 30 different meditation methods taught by Lord Budda. Bad luck for those who listen to all these twisted forms of meditations calling forth state of mind. According to Buddha’s teachings, anyone who meditates has to gain first, second and third stages of Samadhi which they introduce to the world as state of mind. It is dangerous to get misguided by wrong meditation methods coming out as TM etc. You may finally become a mad person if correct meditation methods are followed. Lord Gautama Buddha taught in 2500 years ago: ‘සමථෝ භික්ඛවෝ භාවේතබ්බෝ’, ‘ විපස්සනා භික්ඛවේ භාවේතබ්බා’ Which means two main meditation methods are: Samatho Bikkawa Bhavetabbo and Vipassana Bikkawo Bhavetabbo’. You may read ‘Thripitaka’ for more details. Dr S.Wijewardana PhD in control systems.

  • OK, ten minutes a day. Every day. I will start with that. Anyone want to commit to that? Honor system. We can compare notes in a month or so.

  • So only 10 min of meditation is all you need each day for better biological clock. What will 1 hr do? Or how bout the monks who do roughly 4 hours a day? what could that do for your biological clock I wonder??

  • I thought my disability was keeping me from meditation. I thought I couldn’t focus or compartmentalize as an autistic but it was really easy. It must be the anxiety. I’m a Savant syndrome case so I guess my mind wanders naturally. Ha! Thanks for proving some old myths my therapist put on me that seems to now be bias about the Autistic spectrum rather than across the board and empowering me to believe I can do this without RX. I need to slow down and rethink the way I’m thinking. It’s hurting me to think so hard and I run a real risk of aneurism due to a rare disease, Behçet’s. It seems when I’m stressed I see polar bears but otherwise I’m super focused. I’ve been meditating all right… I just need to bring it into my life more. Qi Gong is very helpful for this, but the discipline is the key. Brilliant speech.

  • Are we supposed to acknowledge our thoughts during meditation but not react to them? I was always taught to get the thought out of our my head and go back to focusing on my breath. Am I understanding this correctly? If not please help me to understand what we are supposed to do when thoughts enter our mind while meditating. Thanks for any input.

  • Fabulous! Great interview and lovely explanation of meditation. I also started many many years ago, around 1989 and I have felt the most amazing benefits over the years! I cannot agree with them more as to how valuable it is. ��

  • Great interview! I practice this same style of effortless transcending meditation. I enjoy analysing my results through HRV scores and plan to track my sleep with an Oura Ring. Would you consider doing a show on either of these topics?

  • Great interview! Shawn, you always have amazing guests on! Very informative and it always helps to get new and clear perspectives on Meditation. Will check out Lights book!

  • I must say, the first half of this is cringeworthy at besthippies are “freaks” and “weirdos” but if the ever-wonderful corporations and military meditate then it must be ok for “normal” people?? Establishment bias 101.

  • Kind of ironic that the original teachings of Buddha were that human suffering comes from greed. Now we have taken part of their culture, stripped it back to it’s bare bones, and sought to make money from it in the form of books, apps and courses.

  • The voice that chases me out of bed and yammers is called a wife broseph… no matter how hard you meditate that bitch will still be there as soon as your eyes open with another 18 idiotic things that just yank the soul out of you like a magnet.

  • Ummm, no, I hung out with a lot of those weirdos, even while I was living at a meditation retreat center with them. They were actually less likely to be the ones meditating! We didn’t meditate, we smoked weed.

  • It’s really not about ten minutes a day, it’s about changing what you want your brain to provide you with as a whole. You are teaching it that silence is all right, you still exist outside of intentional thought, and after a while you should be able to maintain awareness of breath and a quiet mind, all day every day. The purpose is to exchange the way you are familiar with experiencing life for a manner of living that is more enjoyable. It’s a stepping stone to a more aware, intentional existence, not a magic bullet.

  • I hope mindfulness will get more popular, because it would be so much easier to keep the routine of meditating, knowing that you’re not the only person in your surroundings who’s appreciating the idea and also I guess people in general would be more calm and less hateful. I agree so much with the part about cluttered mind and sometimes I even wonder why mindfulness is called ‘meditation’, while it’s more a mind exercise on staying focused. I think that puts people off, because they have Buddha-style image of mindfulness, while it’s just a very simple exercise of noticing thoughts and staying focused.

  • Tell me about it; I asked a counselor if she’d advise meditation for my wife’s stress from Cancer Treatments, and she brought up Accupuncture uh, what? That’s mystical woo, I’m just talking about using her own mind. /sigh/
    PS she meditates now and it helps *alot*.

  • I’ve read a few books on this topic but they never explain it correctly, they revolve meditation around some big fancy words and we don’t get what they’re actually trying to say, this man here 100% accurately explained meditation in such a way we could understand and i’m very grateful to him

  • There may be some truth to some of these practices, but on the whole it’s promoted by thought centrists, people who turn every issue into a problem with thoughts. It’s very hard to read a lot of mindfulness literature because of their obsession with thoughts. They state things with absolutely no evidence to back them up. This is the issue with mindfulness. Because it’s promoted by people like him that seem to give little legitimacy to anything other than thoughts.

    This is why I am uncomfortable with mindfulness. Not with the practise itself, but the nonsense contained within the literature. I’d like to read a little alongside direct experience. Though it’s also hard to engage in something that has just been turned into a joke by the mainstream promoters. It’s like trying to find success in dianetics.

  • I’ve seen people who meditate since they’re toddler. Untill now he become grandpa, still meditate everyday 5 times a day.
    Plus minor meditation between the 5’s.
    Plus early morning (around 01.00-4.30 am). And plus early daylight (8.00-11.00 am).

    But the main is. I’ve seen people meditate for thier entire life everyday 5 times a day.

  • Refreshing to see someone explain how simple, yet beneficial a meditation practice can be. “The whole game in meditation is starting over”. Spot on. Nicely done all around.

  • autoplays into third meditation video. “TO my surprise I have become a evangelist for meditation” not surprised, third time ive seen you here on accident.

  • Personally meditation for me was working on developing better focus. In the beginning I focused on my breathing like most meditation instructors says to do. And within 30 seconds instead of focusing on my breathing my mind would wander. So I challenge myself to spend just 15 minutes every evening before bed to just focus on my breathing. I would sit comfortably and the best Lotus position I could do. I would slightly tilt my head upwards to bring Focus between my eyebrows. And every time I had a Wandering thought I would acknowledge it and focus back on my breathing. By the end of 35 days I was spending 30 minutes I’m just focusing on my breathing. The best part was every other aspect of my life I was more engaged and focused. At day 60 almost nothing could distract me. I would get intimate with whatever I needed to focus on whether it was a conversation or a task. I think that’s what meditation truly is for once you can start controlling your focus your attention span all other possibilities start opening up.

  • Mindfulness and Happiness: a different perspective from affective neuroscience.

    Being in the moment, or being mindful, has as its major entailment a state of rest, which affectively is a pleasant state. However, happiness, if defined empirically as a combination of pleasure and arousal, requires but a simple modification of mindfulness practice to elicit both affective states, and can easily be mapped to simple neurologic processes.

    Hypothesis and simple proof below.

    HYPOTHESIS: Dopaminergic activity will stimulate endogenous opioid systems when the latter are in a non-suppressed state.
    EXPLANATION AND ‘PROOF’: Activity that involves continuous positive act/outcome discrepancy or novelty (productive or meaningful behavior) while the covert musculature is inactive (a resting state) will result in heightened feeling of pleasure and arousal, or ‘eudaemonia’, ‘flow’, or ‘peak’ experience. This derives from the observation that neuro-muscular tension (or stress) inhibits endogenous opioid (pleasure) release, while relaxation accentuates it, the latter permitting opioid systems to be further stimulated by dopaminergic activity (arousal) elicited by meaningful behavior.
    The reason this explanation does not appear evident from general observation is that its counterpart as ‘flow’ or ‘peak’ experience is described through literary metaphor and not scientific language and obscures the independent and dependent measures that accurately describe it. The virtue of this explanation is that it is easily testable by anyone. Just get into a relaxed state (mindfulness protocols are the best way to do this) and then exclusively pursue or anticipate pursuing productive activity for periods of a half hour or so, and voila, you will have a flow or eudaemonic experience. It is that simple.

    I offer a more detailed explanation in pp. 47-52, and pp 82-86 of my open source book on the neuroscience of resting states, ‘The Book of Rest’, linked below.

    This above book is based on the research of the distinguished neuroscientist Kent Berridge of the University of Michigan, a preeminent researcher and authority on dopamine, addiction, and motivation, who was kind to vet the work for accuracy and endorse the finished manuscript.
    Berridge’s Site and his article on the neuroscience of happiness

    Meditation and Rest
    from the International Journal of Stress Management, by this author

  • the under is my traditional-chinese edition translation about this film subtitles.

    The Happiness Trap

    Dr. Russ Harris















    正念其實是一套心智技巧(mental skill)