Does Practicing Meditation Make You A Monk? Stereotyped Mindset About Meditation Says So

Does Practicing Meditation Make You A Monk? Stereotyped Mindset About Meditation Says So

What? Don't you believe it?

March 30, 2018

Article By- Abhudai Pal

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“I am lost in life. Whenever I sit to study, my brain chatters a lot. My relationship with my partner isn’t good. I don’t like talking with my parents. I feel frustrated because I have many plans and I am unable to execute even one.

My grades have degraded, I have lost patience. Even on petty issues, I have begun shouting out of anger. I know what’s going with me isn’t okay. But I am not able to control it. I have become very indifferent towards life. I don’t feel motivated even after watching or reading motivational content.”


These were the words of my friend when I insisted him to answer, “Why are you so sad dear?”

I was having no clue that he will burst out like this flowing in emotions. I asked him to meditate so that he gets relieved. He laughed, “Ohh Meditation!”

“I don’t want to be a monk and perish my youth in meditation.” He added.

I wondered, a few moments ago, he was the most troubled person on the planet and now, he is mocking. As I walked back to my room, I realized that his opinion about meditation is a reflection of how meditation is stereotyped by “Bharat Ke Bhagya Vidhata”, the Indian Youth.


Is Meditation only for old people?
Does practicing meditation makes you a monk?
To meditate, why one needs the mountains?
Is meditation boring?
Breathing in meditation is too weird?
To meditate, should one’s mind be empty?

All these are stereotyped questions. I am keen on finding answers to these.


The word meditation is derived from the Latin verb “Mediatri”, which means to think, contemplate and ponder. The shift in interest from established religions to meditation practices is caused by the scarcity of personal experience of these transcendental states- the living spirit at the common core of all religions.” says Daniel Goleman, a meditation scholar.

As per research by top universities, meditating regularly results in the increased grey matter. The grey matter is associated with learning, memory, and emotions. Thus, meditation calms your mind. And meditation can be done even while at work. Mountains are not a constraint.


The problem of my friend’s brain chattering could be easily solved by meditation. I can say so because I have done meditation myself. I have experienced that meditation helps to connect with higher self and to attain stability of mind.

If you are still unconvinced like my friend, read these lines by Miranda Kerr:


Meditators are found to produce more anti-bodies. Thus, their chance of getting afflicted from disease reduces. Also, many experienced a boost in their confidence level.

“More than 80% of the world-class performers, I have interviewed have some form of daily meditation or mindfulness practice”, says Tim Ferris, an American Author.

Thus, all the people whom you know as successful names do meditation regularly. There must be some magic in it, right?


Many of you might be thinking, that it isn’t cool. Let me clear this out. FYI, just like there are many types of ice-creams available in the market, there are several types of meditation:

2-Compassion Mantra
3-Art of living breathing exercise
4-Yog - nidra


Choose one of them and follow the routine until you notice changes. It might be frustrating in the beginning, but remember, learning to read was also difficult once. But with time, you are fluent, and you are reading this.

If ten-fifteen minutes in a day can keep you rejuvenated throughout the day, I think it’s the best investment to make. Many of you have too much to accomplish in life. You are unable to find time to meditate. I would like you to remember the words of Mahatma Gandhi “I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for 2 hours instead of 1”.


I can assure you peace if you meditate daily.

Well, I meditate daily, what about you?

If not, you might be bursting someday like my friend did.

Happy meditation!

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