A common misconception about meditation is that you have to sit a certain way or do something in particular, like be in a yoga position to achieve the various benefits that it can provide. Some people say that that sit cross-legged and place your hands in a certain position to achieve maximum benefit.
Absolutely no need.
All you need is to place yourself in a position that is most comfortable to you. It could be sitting cross-legged, lying down in a bed, sitting on a couch etc, it’s your choice. Mostly what happens is when you sit cross-legged or in a certain manner, your back or knees beings to ache and all your concentration is gone for a toss. That position may be good for yoga but certainly not for meditation.
Another common misconception about meditation is that you have to “try” to empty your mind. One important factor I enjoyed reading from the study mentioned above is that participants were engaged in “non-judgmental awareness of sensations, feelings and state of mind.” When meditating, you shouldn’t try to “empty” your mind. Instead, try to let your thoughts, feelings and whatever emotions you are feeling at the time flow. Don’t judge them, just let them come and go and be at peace with it.
I also believe that meditation is a state of being/mind more than anything else. I feel that one does not have to sit down for half an hour and “meditate” so to speak in order to reap the benefits of it, or to be engaged in the practice itself. One can be engaged in meditation while they are on a walk, for example, or the time they have right before they sleep. Throughout the day, one can resist judging their thoughts, letting them flow until they are no more, or just be in a constant state of peace and self-awareness. Contrary to popular belief, there is more than one way to meditate.
“You will have to understand one of the most fundamental things about meditation: that no technique leads to meditation. The old so-called techniques and the new scientific biofeedback techniques are the same as far as meditation is concerned. Meditation is not a byproduct of any technique. Meditation happens beyond mind. No technique can go beyond mind.” – Osho
*Thank you Spirit Science for enlightenment.*
Thank you Jordan.