5 Meditation Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

Acharya Prashant
5 min readDec 29, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Question: How many hours do you spend meditating each day?

Acharya Prashant (AP): This is a trick question!

Whether you are “meditating” one hour per day or six, you are not truly meditating. This is because meditation is not something you do to escape life. Meditation is a way of life.

Meditation is to love peace with all your heart… so much so that nothing can disturb you. Nothing can tempt your ego to argue. Nothing can distract you nor successfully tempt you to leave your tranquility.

Are you feeling frustrated? Perhaps you feel like there must be more to meditation than temporary relief from an anxious and stressful existence.

Please carefully consider these 5 common mistakes people make while attempting to meditate. This is the way to grow and get ever closer to a peaceful life 24/7.

1. Beware This Common Self-Delusion

If you are meditating to feel good, then you are just deceiving yourself.

That which you call mediation is a tool, is a method. It is a short-lived method to bring you the taste of the beyond.

Meditativeness must take over every aspect of your life.

Understand this and you become ready for greater fulfillment.

2. Breathing Technique Is Merely the Beginning

Maybe watching your breath is a nice way to avoid watching that which really needs to be watched.

You need to watch your behavior with your wife. Instead of that, you are watching your breath. Nice trick, smart chap!

What is all this drama about watching the breath, observing the breath?

Acharya Prashant