There are a lot of misconceptions regarding meditation and, by extension, mindfulness. A lot of people are under the impression that you have to have some sort of mystical religious belief for meditation to work for you.

Nothing could be further from the truth. When you practice meditation, you are tapping into processes that are already happening in your mind. You’re not imposing something new onto it. You’re not trying to make it do something that it normally doesn’t do. Worse yet, you’re not trying to get it to do something that it won’t do.

Instead, it’s already proceeding in a certain way. It’s already operating in a certain way. When you practice meditation and mindfulness, you just align your consciousness with how your mind already works. This way, instead of your mind working against you, it works for you.

Believe it or not, when you think about traumatic experiences in the past or you worry about stuff that could possibly go wrong in the future, you are letting your mind work against you. The big tragedy to all of this is that you are doing it to yourself.

Nobody is pointing a gun at your head and demanding that you remain a slave to the traumatic experiences of your past. Nobody is slapping you around and forcing you to bow to your fears. Nobody is pushing you to be miserable because of things that may possibly happen in the future.

You’re doing this all to yourself, and what makes this a tragedy is your mind is so powerful, so beautiful and so amazing but you task it to make you miserable. You choose to have your mind work against you to the extent that you feel stuck in your life.

Did you know that you can do whatever anybody else could do? Think of the most successful person that you know. Did you know that you can do what they do? When a thousand and one reasons appear in your mind explaining why you can’t do what they do or achieve what they achieve, that’s your mind in operation. It doesn’t have to operate that way. Sadly, you trained it to operate that way.

Meditation enables you to understand how your mind works and then choose the outcome of your thoughts.

What you focus on grows. The more you focus on your problems, the more they grow. The more you focus on your insecurities, the weaker you feel. The more you focus on your flaws both physical and emotional, the less attractive and the more doomed you feel. Stop it. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Your reality is a choice. By understanding how your mind already works in the here and now, you can start making necessary changes that can take your life to the next level.

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Believe me, for people who have just discovered meditation, they get the feeling that they have just been released from jail. It’s like day and night. When you enjoy the calm and serenity that meditation can bring to your life, you start thinking of why you’ve wasted all those years thinking the way you did.

Make no mistake you are always in control. I know that it’s not a comfortable thing to here because you’d rather blame other people. You’d rather think that your life is set in stone by the past. If you really want to live a life of power, meaning, and purpose, meditation is the key.