There are a number of myths that seem to go hand in hand with mindfulness meditation. But these myths are gradually falling away as the practice becomes more common – and more scientifically studied.
And one of these myths is how meditation ties in with religion.
A Misconception of Meditation
A decade or so ago, it was commonly thought that the majority of folks who practiced meditation on a regular basis were primarily Buddhist, or other Eastern-based religions.
Buddhism is possibly the original root of many forms of meditation (including mindfulness meditation). Yet, most people who practice mindfulness meditation don’t inherently claim a Buddhist identity.
Recent sociological research took a look at the different kinds of people who have embraced meditation. Interestingly, their religious backgrounds are as diverse as the individuals themselves.
Today’s Followers of Meditation
The majority of people who practice mindfulness meditation in the United States identify as Christians. However, there are also a number of Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Atheist followers as well.
Several studies show that those who practice meditation include every religion in the American demographic overall. These studies prove there’s no set belief system to enjoy the benefits of a mindfulness meditation program.
And if you think about it, anyone should and can benefit from meditation, regardless of background.
Many of the attributes of mindfulness meditation mirror the practices of many religions – like prayer, reflection, and examining one’s spirituality.
Meditation and a number of religious practices or rites are inherently similar. However, science and research has best contributed to the widespread popularity of mindfulness meditation.
Science’s Part in Meditation
Over the years, doctors and physicians, hospitals, corporate leaders, and even health insurance companies have embraced mindfulness meditation. It serves as a valuable tool to promote well-being.
Meditation serves as a treatment for a number of physical and psychological conditions (such as physical pain, depression, or anxiety). It was this recent medical and scientific focus that propelled mindfulness meditation’s popularity.
Simply put, researchers started to concretely identify mindfulness mediation’s visible effects on the brain and body. After this, the myth that meditation is a benefit only for Eastern religions was put to bed for good.
One of the incredible aspects about mindfulness meditation is that it truly knows no cultural bounds. As people all over the world know, meditation is for anyone who wants to improve their life in any number of ways.
Now achieving international recognition for its health benefits, the myths that surround meditation are rapidly falling away.
And with the spread of knowledge, the popularity of mindfulness meditation will to continue to grow around the world.
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