Updated: Feb 5, 2021
"When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what's going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace, and love."
- Thich Nhat Hanh ___ I have had many people tell me that meditation is just not for them. Meditation is a term one can use for practicing mindfulness, and in some circles it may be called contemplative prayer. Let’s call it mindfulness here, because at the end of the day, it is its own gift, being mindful.
One of the greatest barriers to mindfulness is people feeling that there is a ‘right way’ to meditate or to be mindful, and in my experience that could not be further from the truth. Here are some of the misconceptions about practicing mindfulness that are helpful to get out of the way right now:
Meditation is hard, there’s one particular technique I have yet to grasp
It takes too long, I don’t have the time
If I don’t eliminate all thoughts, I have failed
It won't make a difference