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7 Common Meditation Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

We all make mistakes, especially when we're learning something new. As basic as meditation appears to be, there are mistakes you can make as you're learning how to do it.

Meditation is a wonderful thing to do; it helps you feel calmer and more confident, as well as recognize the importance of each individual moment.

These are mistakes to watch for, whether you're a seasoned meditation expert or a beginner.

1. Expectations.

Many times, people who are new to meditating go into it with a great deal of expectations.

They hear the amazing success stories of yogis who have found their form of nirvana or people who've cured themselves of various psychological ailments.

Going in with a lot of expectations runs parallel to what meditation is all about.

2. "Clearing" your mind.

Meditation is not necessarily about clearing your mind. Could you imagine having a clear mind? I'll have a mind void of thoughts when I'm dead and not a moment sooner.

If anything, meditation should be geared toward calming your mind, not wiping it of all activity. Be sure to focus on your breathing or a certain type of thought.

3. Inconsistency.

Meditation works best when you do it routinely.

I'm not saying you have to do it for hours every day, but if you're meditating for 20 minutes in the morning, make sure it's every morning, or every afternoon, or whenever it is you're doing it. Make it a thing.

4. Meditating in the closet.

You do not have to hide your meditation from anyone. One mistake people make is acting as if meditation is something to be ashamed of and hiding it from the people they love.

If you feel like you have to meditate in the closet, you likely won't stick with it.

5. Stereotyping.

No, you do not have to sit cross legged with your fingers pinched on your knees. You can meditate however you like.

Sitting up, laying down, hanging upside down, sitting at the kitchen table, wherever. It doesn't matter.

6. Judging your meditation.

It's easy to leave a meditation session and feel like something went wrong or it just didn't go like you'd hoped.

But consider numbers one and two in this list. You don't need to level expectations or force anything with your meditation session. Just enjoy it.

7. Overuse of guided meditations.

Guided meditations are my favorite, but it shouldn't be all you do.

You should let your mind take the meditation wherever it's going to go, not necessarily have someone else tell you how to meditate every time.

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Man Buys Stranger's Groceries When Overhearing Her Tell Her Daughter They Can't Afford To Eat That Night

Kindness is within us all

A man has recently been getting attention online for his inspiring act. One night, while he was minding his own business, he was confronted with a family in need. He had two options. He could have done the same thing everyone else did in the store and let them figure it out for themselves, or he could be their hero that day and help them out within his means.

The thing is, the man didn't have much money himself, and he was working two jobs to support himself and his kid. Here's how he decided on what to do.

Meet Bear, A Man Who Works Double Shifts To Live

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It was a day like most for Bear, as he had just pulled two fourteen-hour shifts in a row and needed some food, but had no energy left to make it. He writes this on a post on Facebook and explains that this actually didn't turn out to be like most days: I stopped by the grocery store to grab food for dinner and as I was checking out a woman started crying in the next checkout line."

Bear listened in on the conversation between a mother and her daughter, and it was heartbreaking.

The Little Girl Asked Her Mom Why She Was Crying

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At first, it's easy to assume the mom is just having a bad day, maybe she got into a fight with her husband or is tired from looking after her kid. As he listened in, ge overheard the girl ask her mom what was wrong, as she continued to stand crying in the lane right next to hers.

"Her daughter asked her what's wrong and she all she could say was, 'we can't afford to eat tonight.''" These are the words that no parent wants to imagine ever needing to say to their child, who depends on them just to live. Yet, it is the unfortunate case for many.

Food Insecurity Is A Real Problem

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Food insecurity is a problem for many families across the country. This problem has gotten even worse with the pandemic as many families who relied on their small businesses had to shut down and couldn't make do anymore.

Even then, this problem existed before the pandemic and still continues today. In fact, the U.S Department of Agriculture reports that 10.5 percent (13.8 million) of U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2020 and this number is unchanged from 2019.

This Time It Would Be Different

Bear and son take selfie in the city with red masks on

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For a lot of food-insecure families, they simply would have had to walk out of that grocery store empty-handed, with a kid possibly going to bed hungry that night. For this mom, kindness was in the cards, At first, another person who also overheard her gave them a few dollars towards their groceries.

But Bear knew she needed more than that. He walked over to the mom and her daughter and told them he would pay for their food and to get whatever they want. He writes on Facebook: "A person behind her gave her a couple of dollars and she bought her daughter a Kids Cuisine TV dinner. I told her to grab what she wants, I'll pay for it."

All In Divine Timing

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Was Bear's presence in that mothert's life at that time and place just a coincidence? Bear doesn't think so. He explains that he never actually shops at that store but for whatever reason, he felt inclined to do so that night. He think the reason for it comes down to divine timing…

"I NEVER stop at this Walmart. I'm simply saying GOD puts you where he needs you to be WHEN he needs you to be there"

People Find Bear Inspiring

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Bear's Facebook post has gotten a lot of attention as many who read it are inspired by his selfless act. For all he knows, he could have saved that family that night.

"That's my little Brother doing what moms told us to do when women and children are in need, we help them out with whatever they need. GOD put you in the right place last night. Thanks for helping a woman and her children with the food they need to eat so they don't go hungry. God's got you," a person commented.

Whether it was a divine intervention or simply the actions of a kind man, it brought good into the world and we only hope things like this continue to happen to make it a better place.

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