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Meditation Mistake? It's Possible

Meditation Mistake? It's Possible

When it comes to meditating, one of the biggest mistakes people make is to give up before reaping the benefits. "Meditation doesn't bring immediate gratification" like people think it will, admits meditation teacher, Stephan Bodian, author of Meditation for Dummies. "Like running a marathon, you need to build muscle by practicing." He offers these three tips to anyone beginning meditation: 
 
1. Remember that the point of meditation is not to stop the mind. The point of meditation is to be present, to cultivate awareness.
 
2. Stop looking for results. Let go of the judging mind and just do it.
 
3. Stick with it. Keep going, even if it's not fun or seems boring. If you miss a day, don't be discouraged. Also, don't dabble or jump from technique to technique. Once you've chosen an approach, stick with it for a couple of months before you consider changing.
 
"Accept, allow, relax, let be and welcome," says Bodian. "These are the words that describe the attitude of meditation."
 
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Posted: 5/27/10
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