Have you ever paid attention to the way you think? Have you ever noticed that your thinking is often repetitive or unusual?
One of the biggest things meditation can help you with is becoming aware of your thinking habits. Through regular and consistent practice, we slowly but surely rise above the stream of thought that runs through our mind like a hypnotic river of glittering gold.
Meditation gives you a break from this stream of thoughts. It helps release our largely unconscious and tenacious grip on our thoughts.
And for most of us, we identify deeply with what we think. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just that when we are not conscious of it, we tend to act and react to life in ways that are not as conscious as we think.
Thus, meditation can help us identify deeply ingrained thought patterns.
How? Well, basically meditation is about letting go of everything…including our thoughts. In the process, we gain perspective on them. Like a weather map, we can begin to discern patterns and habits.
So why is this important? This may be quite obvious to you. But let’s be clear in advance.
First, what you think about every day has a huge impact on you.
What you think affects your mood, your behavior, your choices, your emotional breadth, your outlook on life, your decisions.
But the point is that we are often blind to the deeply patterned and conditioned nature of our thinking. This is one reason why making big changes in our lives can be difficult.
In this episode, we explore how meditation can help you free yourself from deeply ingrained habits of mind, and why it’s so important.