UTKATA Yoga | What Meditation Really Is and Why It’s Actually for Everyone
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18 Aug What Meditation Really Is and Why It’s Actually for Everyone

BY INNA MIRETSKI

It seems that nowadays, there’s a lot of misconception about what meditation really is. The word “meditation” has come to be used somewhat loosely and inaccurately, thereby creating confusion and discouraging people from giving it a try and potentially benefiting from it.

I often hear people say “I can’t meditate” or “meditation is not for me, it’s too hard.” But why do they think so? What do they THINK meditation is?

I decided to Google this exact question: “What is meditation?” and the results confirmed my suspicions.

Many of the definitions for “meditation” that are out there are very grandiose, ambitious and frankly, somewhat intimidating. To list just a couple of examples:

“Meditation is a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent.” Or “Meditation is a means of transforming the mind… techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity…”

It’s not that these definitions are untrue. But they are inaccurate and incomplete. They are not telling the whole story. In fact, they are jumping right to the end of it, skipping the whole journey.

Sure, over time and with consistent practice, one might begin experiencing a better focus, calmness and even peace of mind to a certain degree. Or they might just preserve their existing relationship with meditation, which can be as simple as closing your eyes for a few minutes and letting go of whatever is on your mind. And that is perfectly fine. That is meditation as well.

No, you don’t have to sit cross-legged, engaging your core, desperately trying to “not think.” Yes, you can just stay in your office chair, lean back, and silently observe your thoughts without worry or judgement, no matter how all over the place they might be. Simply acknowledge and accept. That is meditation too.

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In attempt to convince people that meditation is simple, and that it’s actually for everyone to benefit from, we decided to bring it into the office and prove it to you.

We are excited to introduce our brand new workplace wellness service: 30-minute guided meditation workshops. You won’t have to do any heavy mental lifting; just let our instructors guide you through this relaxing experience and keep an open mind. Maybe you’ll discover that meditation is for you after all.