NEXT TIME YOU SIT DOWN TO MEDITATE, REMEMBER THIS!
Meditation is our most natural state to be in. It’s not something we need to strive for…a mental state we need to achieve; it’s something we already have within us. Pure Consciousness, our TRUE SELF, whose nature is bliss and peace. This is who we naturally are and not the restless, unsettled part of us, the voice in our head with the endless internal monologue.
WE ARE NOT OUR “MONKEY-MINDS.”
Rather, we all have a “monkey-mind” – a mental companion living within us. There are over 6000 separate thoughts that pass daily through our minds. Now imagine that each thought is a branch, and the attention of your conscious mind is swinging just like a monkey from thought-branch to thought-branch all day long. It might sound like fun, but in our over-stimulated and anxious world, our thoughts are often concerned with fears, judgments, and frustration.
DON’T TRY TO FIGHT YOUR MONKEY.
It’s quite a useful furry companion. It helps us to think, analyze, find solutions, organize, and by that to keep up with our busy lives.
BUT UNDERSTAND IT, TRAIN IT, TAKE CARE OF IT, AND TAME IT.
What works for me is slowing down and meditating.
Here is a simple way to do it:
- Prepare to sit still for a few minutes. Sit comfortably on a chair or a cushion (it doesn’t have to be in a lotus position at all). Try to stay upright in your spine.
- Close your eyes or leave them open and look at a candle. Anchor yourself in the present moment. Notice the space around you.
- Bring your attention to your breath. Simple focus your attention on your natural inhaling and exhaling. Notice when your attention has wandered, and bring it gently back to your breath. The monkey is just trying to climb a tree. Let it climb, and eventually, it will relax a bit more.
- When you feel complete, take a deep inhale, expanding your belly, and then exhale slowly. WELCOME BACK!
REMEMBER, YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW TO DO THIS!
Sense the vastness of space.
IN NO TIME.
– Joe Dispenza –
Author: Gabriella Csanádi
Banner Photo: Candela Lillo