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Meditation myth-busting: You do have time, and you can do it.
From The Cleveland Clinic
The verdict is in on meditation: It’s good for you! Among its many benefits: pain relief, better concentration and memory, and improved mood. It can also prevent and help manage symptoms of chronic illness. As with starting any new habit, your mind may come up with all sorts of “reasons” why you can’t do it. Here are a few common mental hurdles — and advice for how to jump over them.
“I don’t have time!”
It’s wonderful if you can spend 20 or 30 minutes a day meditating, but, if that’s not possible, try starting with five minutes a day. By calming your stress response, meditation can help you both to manage time better and to make better decisions — saving you time, in a sense. Meditation may also slow the aging process — the ultimate gift of time!
“Bad feelings come up.”
A regular meditation practice can lead to feelings of inner peace, but not every moment of meditation is peaceful. “Don’t be surprised if, while you’re meditating, an upsetting memory or uncomfortable feeling bubbles up,” says behavioral health specialist Jane Ehrman, MEd. The goal isn’t to eliminate emotions, but to relate to them in a new way. Rather than pushing feelings away, judging them, or being carried away by them, just observe them. “Acknowledge what is happening and then try to move through the experience with compassion for yourself.”
“My mind wanders — I’m not cut out for meditation.”
As with emotions, thought elimination isn’t the goal of meditation. When thoughts come up, acknowledge them, let them go, and focus your attention back to your breath. Think of meditation as sitting on the banks of your life and watching the moments float by. Just let them go.
Another great link to check out: http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/DailyDose/archive/2011/12/16/meditation-to-find-peace-and-quiet.aspx