FAQ’s There are many misconceptions about meditation. After over 18 …
There are many misconceptions about meditation. After over 18 years of study we’ve found the following to be among the most common:
Isn’t meditation about getting rid of your thoughts? My mind is too active. I’ve tried and I’m not good at it.
Many forms of meditation are about working with circumstances exactly as they are. You can even focus on your busy mind to enhance your skills. Ultra Mindfulness gives you a way to practice while your mind is engaged in any activity Ultra Mindfulness helps you get the most out of any experience and teach you a useful skill for the rest of your life.
Doesn’t meditation require you to be still for long periods of time? I’m a really active person and that doesn’t appeal to me.
Ultra Mindfulness aims to help you solve this issue. Learning to meditate in action helps you develop your skills while on the go and see, through direct experience, the link between meditation and life. Also, a lot of agitation from sitting meditation actually stems from confusion about how to do the practice and not having been trained how to work skillfully with the discomfort coming up. Ultra Mindfulness addresses these common problems.
Isn’t meditation just about learning how to relax ?
Relaxation techniques form the basis of one style of practice. Meditation is also an excellent way to tap into your creative resources, energy and insight as well as improving your focus and productivity.
I know it would be good for me but I have too many pressing concerns.
10 to 15 minutes a day is all it takes to develop a practice. Working with a trainer, practicing in a group and/or going on retreats will reinforce and deepen the process.
Doesn’t meditation make you even-keeled (as in the pop culture idea of being “Zen”)? I don’t want to lose my personality or the ups and downs that make life exciting and meaningful.
Meditation works to dissolve whatever impedes you from experiencing life fully. Over time, this results in a richer, more dynamic inner experience and frees up your energy to participate more actively and wholeheartedly in your life.
Isn’t meditation a religious practice?
Mindfulness is a secular or non-religious practice. It’s an all inclusive approach to meditation enabling everyone, with all beliefs, to benefit from practice. Mindfulness empowers you to develop clarity and insight through your own direct experience.
Doesn’t it take years of study to produce results?
Absolutely not! You can experience dramatic results in just ten minutes a day and can notice your stress fading away after just your first session. In fact, the Harvard Gazette reports:
“Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.”
The Havard Gazette: “Eight Weeks to a Better Brain”
There are so many wonderful benefits to including a simple meditation practice into your daily life. It’s fun. It’s easy. And you can do it in only 10 minutes a day. So try it and see what Ultra Mindfulness can do for you!