Are you someone who takes yourself VERY seriously?
Are you very identified with your mind and the thoughts you think?
Do you mistake feelings as facts?
Are you someone who feels you can’t GET control? Or do you struggle to LET go of control?
Maybe, you should give meditation a try.
Meditation helps the mind be flexible and understand that our notions of ourselves and people around us are more fluid than most realize.
You see meditating helps us to see our thoughts are just that—thoughts. We all think a bazillion a day–some rational, some irrational, some negative, some positive.
Mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, tend to arise when we identify a bit TOO much with our thoughts and our mind. When we take our thoughts AND ourselves TOO seriously.
Personally, other people’s “thoughts” don’t bother me–but our actions and behavior have real world consequences. We are all free to “think” whatever we want, but how we behave towards ourself and others has consequences.
Our behavior stems from our thoughts. Thus if you want better results in your life, in whatever capacity that may be, you are going to need to change HOW you think and perceive your thoughts.
You see you are free to choose but not free of the consequences of said choice.
Becoming aware of your thought processes through the act of meditating can stop you from an acting in a destructive manner to your self and others.
The sad reality is so many people are psychologically and emotionally unconscious.
Meditation gives you perspective. You begin to be cognizant of the fact there are different people, different perspectives, and different demands in life. What may be true for you, may not be true for me. This is not about right or wrong, a label that is derived in our MIND. This is about just what is.
When people try to “tell me how it is” I know that they are too identified with their ego. Emotional and psychological maturity entails a discovery that how it is is very much a subjective truth. You can’t tell me how it “is” because how it is for me is not something you have experienced. All you can do it tell me how you are (which most likely is close minded if you go around telling people how it is but that is a topic for another day 😉 ).
Meditating can help you become aware of the thoughts you think and how you subconsciously may be letting your mind work on “auto-pilot.”
This shift can help your tremendously…if you allow it.
Everything changes. Our thoughts are ever-changing, our feelings, our emotions–all constantly evolving as we evolve through life.
In life–everything is temporary. We start to lose our ability for joy and happiness when we take our thoughts and selves so seriously.
Life is NOT as serious as we make it out to be.
Meditation helps us see the transcendentalist nature of life.
Below I share with you an interesting, brief clip of Eckhart Tolle on our addiction to thinking.
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