In my last article, I touched on the concept of Mindfulness and how learning to meditate helps to distance yourself from your thoughts and emotions.
The benefits of mindfulness meditation are:
1) You learn to understand that most of the things you worry about never happen.
2) You realize the thoughts running through your mind have no reality.
3) You cut off your physical response to the mind, allowing your body to relax.
4) As your body relaxes, your hormones responsible for your moods and emotions become balanced, resulting in peace of mind and a healthier body.
5) Old thoughts with strong emotions stop appearing. As a result, you feel a general sense of well-being each and every day.
6) You become more aware of your thoughts each and every moment, which means you have greater control over how you react to things.
7) You become more aware of your personality faults so you can change them.
8) It gives you greater clarity of thought as to who you are, what you are and why you are here.
9) The mind becomes more focused so you can achieve things more quickly and effortlessly.
These are just a few of the benefits of regular mindfulness meditation. Just practised alone, it can help you to completely change the way you think and act. It makes you a more calm, relaxed person which enables you to enjoy the challenges in life rather than fighting your mind trying to resist them.
I call Mindfulness meditation “Passive Meditation” because you are focusing on the breath and just observing your thoughts and detaching yourself from them.
But this is just one type of meditation and I often tell people this it is similar to a mind detox. It allows old negative thought patterns and behaviours to arise, but by paying them no attention, you make them weaker and weaker, allowing them to run out of energy and no longer have a grip on you.
The other types of meditations focus on re-training your brain to think and see the world in a different light.
For you must remember that everything you see in the world is a reflection of what is going on inside of your mind.
Everything you experience in the world is dependent on your 5 senses; sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
If you take away all of these 5 senses, the world no longer exists.
You ONLY experience the world through your senses.
Your senses pick up on external phenomena and translate it into sounds, pictures, tastes, sensations and aromas which your brain can recognize and identify. You also have a memory and your brain will recall whether the external phenomena has previously given you pleasure or fear.
This is why everyone experiences the world in a different way, it depends on their background and previous experiences in life.
For example, some people may love dogs, whereas other people may fear them.
Some people may love to swim in the deep sea, other people find it terrifying.
These things are not safe or dangerous, it is our attitude to them that make it so.
So when you change your attitude to something, it no longer creates fear or anxiety within you and to change negative thought patterns into positive ones, you have to change your emotional responses to them.
This can be done through mind training or visualizations, what I call “Active meditations” because you are focusing on a particular theme, rather than just observing your thoughts.
Active meditations require mindfulness meditation to first calm the mind followed visualizations on specific areas of your life that need to be addressed.
When you visualize something positive, you create a positive emotion from within, and when emotions are attached thoughts, they become very strong and will move to the front of the “memory storehouse”.
This means after you have finished meditating, positive thoughts continually come to your mind, naturally and without any effort. You feel good, happy and positive all day, every day.
Hypnotherapy works in much the same way.
However, most people tend to focus on the negative, everything that could go wrong. If you continually focus on negative thoughts and attach negative emotions to them, these are the thoughts that will keep churning over and over again in your mind.
You will never, ever find happiness in the external world. No one ever has. The external world can only ever give you a temporary feeling of happiness….it never lasts.
True happiness can only ever be found within….and that happiness is something you have to work at.
So, learn to meditate.