Choose How You Want to Think with Mindfulness Meditation

This is a guest post written by author Dylan Leek: 

Mindfulness Meditation takes many forms, sitting with erect posture, or sitting easily at your work desk, it can last 5 minutes or 50. But all variations show, in the most personal way, how your mind works. Mindfulness practice trains you (the You which is deeper than your thoughts) to control your mind, to choose your thinking, it’s rhythm and direction.

Try this: Once in the morning, and once just before you go to sleep, for just 10 minutes sit comfortably and Do Nothing. Practice for 11 days straight. If meditation is new for you, you’ll quickly come to a new understanding of how your mind works. It will significantly enhance your ability to achieve what you desire in life, whether it is peace, a Jaguar, or the recognition of those whom you love and respect.

Do Nothing means give no effort to anything what-so-ever.

Most Mindfulness practices recommend concentration on the breath, body sensation, and your immediate environment.

The method of Doing Nothing does as well, though with a slightly different approach. When you successfully do nothing, you will naturally and without effort become aware.

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You will immediately notice (unless you are already an experienced practitioner) that your mind is constantly trying to ‘work things out.’ You will think something, the thought will trigger a feeling in you, nervousness, pleasure, high anxiety. The feeling in your body will reinforce a belief in you, that following the train of thought is crucial and it must be done NOW. You’ll feel compelled to follow, even if it’s looping, scattered, and highly uncomfortable.

Enter mindfulness meditation with this thought, “Whatever arises in me can certainly wait ten minutes. I trust a ten minute break will enhance my ability to think more effectively for the rest of the day or assist my night’s rest. There is no good reason to think right now.” Of course, if you remember something truly urgent, take care of it. But you will begin to notice that you give a ton of faith to your ability to ‘think’ your way through life, literally by almost continuously thinking, thinking, thinking, and you will see how automatic, disorganized, and ineffective this work actually is. You may become frustrated at how pernicious your thinking can be, insisting it hoard almost all of your mind’s energy. With each distracting thought, frustration, with whatever arises, just notice it, the feeling it gives to your body, the emotion, and let them all go, like vapors drifting in the wind. Return to Doing Nothing over and over again.

As you learn, you will begin to notice stillness in you, a sort of ringing quality in and around you like the world is pulsing with beauty (it is). You’ll notice your breath is with you, requiring no effort for awareness. And, though you aren’t thinking during the meditation, you’ll see how much more effectively you’ll think while close to stillness, weaving awareness through thought and stillness consciously and rhythmically. By day 11 you’ll find yourself better prepared to take on all aspects of life. Try it out.

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Rachel, the owner of Your Best, is a traveler, marketer, and lover of adventure. She started meditating a few years ago, while living in Brazil, and has REALLY enjoyed the benefits of meditation since then. With regular meditation, Rachel reports feeling more calm, at peace, relaxed… and having a greater sense of “knowing”. That being said, she doesn’t always remember to meditate… … and is working on practicing more often. She finds that guided meditations help a lot, though. It can be really difficult to get still yourself, so having someone point you in the direction you want to take is priceless. When not meditating, Rachel has several other passions. Her interests range from reading, traveling, belly dancing, psychology, yoga, Toastmasters, and everything in between.

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