Myth: Sitting in silence is the best way to meditate
The idea of sitting in silence during meditation can intimidate beginners. Although it’s good to limit distractions, Atluri says you don’t need to sit in complete silence the entire time. That’s just another meditation myth.
“Nowadays, we have the benefits of having so many apps and so many teachers who provide online free courses, such as myself,” Atluri says. “So meditation doesn’t have to just be a silent practice where you’re sitting there trying to follow your breath by yourself.”
She advises new meditators to try a meditation app, class, or teacher, for initial guidance.
These resources make meditating easier, more motivating, and much less intimidating.
There are also free meditation sources you can use to help you get started.
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