Major Misunderstandings About Meditation By Ray Baskerville

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8 Major Misunderstandings About Meditation By Ray Baskerville | Submitted On July 24, 2009 Recommend Article Article Comments Print Article Share this article on Facebook Share this article on Twitter Share this article on Google+ Share this article on Linkedin Share this article on StumbleUpon Share this article on Delicious Share this article on Digg Share this article on Reddit Share this article on Pinterest Expert Author Ray Baskerville Meditation is growing increasingly in popularity for reason raging from stress relief to the pursuit of enlightenment. None the less there are still many misunderstandings about what meditation is and how it is done. Here the eight most common misunderstandings are clarified. Misunderstanding #1 Meditation is stopping thinking and having a blank mind. This is probably the number one misunderstanding about meditation - that meditation is to "stop thinking." Certainly, a benefit of long term meditation is a reduction in the the amount of thinking that goes on, and that is great. The inane, repetitive and usually negative chatter of thoughts that jump one to another in their minds is one of the first things people new to meditation are confronted by. But what would a blank mind mean? The confusion arises because we are most of the time identify with our mental thoughts (our inner monologue) and we believe it is reporting the truth of our experience. So a blank mind is assumed to be the absence of thought. But the vastness of mind

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