With the launch of Frame Chill House, our dedicated meditation space in our new studio in Farringdon only around the corner we took five minutes out to chat with meditation teacher and mentor Holiday Phillips about how we can all find a little more ‘me-time’ to focus on our mind and wellbeing as we juggle life in one of the most hectic cities in the world.
As a meditation teacher, one of the things I hear most often is “I wish I could meditate, but I just don’t think meditation is for me” to which I always reply, “Is feeling calm, happy, fulfilled and at peace with who you are for you?”. Because if the answer is yes, then meditation is for you!
So, I want to debunk the 3 biggest myths about meditation that cause people to think it’s
not for them.
1. I can’t empty my mind of thoughts, it’s just too busy!
Newsflash! Everybody feels this, it’s completely normal, our minds think, that’s just what
they do! That doesn’t mean we can’t meditate. In fact, nowhere in any teaching on
meditation does it recommend that we empty our minds. Meditation is simply the practice of training our mind and being present with what’s happening in the now. So next time you meditate, instead of judging yourself for your busy mind see each time it
wanders as a beautiful opportunity to train your mind to come back to the moment.
2. I’m just too busy!
There’s an old Zen saying: “you should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day – unless
you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour”. There’s so much truth in that. We will always feel too busy unless we actively make time to be less busy. More than that, meditation actually gives us time back – less time worrying, less time dwelling on the past, less time unfocused. So if you’re too busy, my advice to you is.. meditate more.
3. I tried meditation, but I just didn’t enjoy it.
Another hard truth – meditation isn’t necessarily meant to be enjoyable. We are so used to distracting ourselves from anything unpleasant, constantly in this cycle of chasing the positive and running away from the negative. But when we do this, we end up missing our lives. Meditation teaches us to be present with what is, good, bad, really bad! But
that’s the beauty of life, that’s the art of living, to invite it all in.
In the end, we are all the same. We all want to live full, stress-free lives and be happy and we can all absolutely be meditators.
And if you do need a little helping hand then come and join us at Frame Chill House in our Farringdon studio we’ve got meditation pods kitted out with bespoke meditation content, cosy cocoon seating complete with eco-friendly blankets, cushions and eye-masks.