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The One Mistake People Make When Meditating

by Mindvalley February 2, 2017

If you go into meditation with an unrealistic expectation of ‘mind, stop thinking,’ you’re always going to feel like a failure and you’re going to quit.

– Emily Fletcher

The Main Misconception About Meditation


Ever feel like your mind just won’t shut up during your meditation practice?

When you catch yourself “thinking,” do you start thinking about how you’re thinking?

Founder of Ziva Meditation, Emily Fletcher, shares her insight on the highly relatable mistake people make when meditating.

From this 2-minute video, you’ll understand:

  • The deep and widespread misconception on meditation that has led to this phenomenon;
  • The two main umbrellas of meditation practiced around the world;
  • Emily’s modern-day meditation technique to liberate you from this mental prison.

Here’s a great insight from the video:

The point of meditation is to get good at life, not to get good at meditating.

– Emily Fletcher

Meditation For The Real World


If you don’t feel like you’re able to “silence your mind” or really get into your meditation, it’s not just you.

More than half of people who try meditation for the first time give up. And they give up not because they don’t want to meditate or believe it’s beneficial, but because the methods they were taught don’t necessarily work for them.

You might’ve been taught to tune out everything, focus on your breath, and ignore the chaotic world around you for the duration of your meditation session. That meditation method is great — it’s just not meant for most of us. That method was designed for monks.

But most of us aren’t monks.

So what do we do? How do we cultivate inner peace if we don’t live in temples but in the busy modern world?

Is there a meditation for us?

Yes, there is. It doesn’t require that you escape from the world for an hour or even a week. Instead, this meditation method takes mere minutes to do — and it’s fun.

Fun and effective.

This method provides incredible results. Including deeper rest, better relationships, increased resilience, profound insights, and meaningful connections.

Meditation doesn’t have to be painful. In fact, it shouldn’t be. And with The M World, you’ll learn a self-care practice so refreshing, so playful that you can practice it every day without feeling like it’s a chore.

About Emily Fletcher


Emily Fletcher is one of the world’s leading experts on meditation.

As the author of The M Word and the creator of Ziva Meditation, she’s helped thousands of people supercharge their performance personally and professionally. All through the meditation framework she designed.

Just like the f0rm of meditation most of us know, Ziva Meditation incorporates ancient techniques to cultivate inner peace and wisdom.

She created a meditation framework that combines the stress-relieving benefits of meditation with the mental clarity of mindfulness. She takes the woo-woo out of meditation and makes it attractive and easy to implement.

In her Mindvalley Quest, The M Word, you can learn how to make meditation a real-world habit for real-life effects. Go through the program alongside thousands of others with Emily Fletcher as a guide.

Can you relate with the misconceptions mentioned in the video above?

And what’s your main goal with your meditation practice?

Share it in the comments below!


Join Emily Fletcher's Free Masterclass and discover how How to master productivity at work and life with higher consciousness


In this Masterclass, You Will:

let go of the 3 myths about meditation that will allow you to focus on what meditation really is, and how it can help you enhance your performance in life,

Understand the concept of ‘Adaptation Energy’, which is what high performers and successful people use to adapt and thrive in their respective fields,

A 15-minute guided meditation technique that you can use to instantly give you a boost of energy and help release the stress which is holding you back!

How to Uplevel Your Meditation to Become a Super Performer at Work & Life

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