Positive Thinking Meditation: Pro’s And Cons
If you’ve ever meditated, or tried meditating, only to find that your mind is filled with judgments or negativity, then this will help.
A positive thinking meditation is one where you focus on positive thoughts and affirmations during your meditation. There are definitely some pros and cons when it comes to this type of meditation and hopefully by the time you have finished reading this post you will be better informed.
Positive Mind Meditation Pros
The pros of focusing on positive thoughts while you meditate is that it helps to distract you from any potential negative or limiting conversations you may be having with yourself. Positivity and affirmations have been around for decades as a way of trying to harness the power of the mind to achieve goals or have more calm and happiness.
It’s often been suggested that we attract into our lives what we focus on with our mind and thoughts. The logic being that if we focus on positive thoughts that we will attract more positive experiences to us. While there may be some truth to this there are other elements to consider when putting this into action.
Positive Mind Meditation Cons
When we do a positive thinking meditation it needs to be more than just focusing on nice or good thoughts. While it’s better than letting our mind do what it wants with little notice of our thought processes, what we need to be careful of is that we are not pushing down or avoiding all those thoughts that we don’t like.
Thoughts are really neither positive nor negative – that is an energy we give to them when we focus on them. Thoughts are more like clouds in a clear blue sky that will simply float on in and out of our mind without any disturbance if they are not judged.
Once we judge that they are positive or negative, that’s when they have the power to affect us mentally, physically and emotionally.
How To Not Think At All During Meditation
Now this may seem like an impossible task if you’re used to your mind running while you try to meditate peacefully, but bare with me for a moment. It’s actually not quite as difficult as you may have been led to believe, there’s just a couple of thinks to do differently than you may have been taught.
Firstly, don’t bother trying to control your thoughts as it’s never going to work. Instead, simply accept that they will be there. Straight away this takes away any stress that may happen from unrealistic expectations. Secondly, practice watching your thoughts just as you would watch clouds float by in a clear blue sky.
When you take the time to step back from getting caught up in your thoughts and instead just have a relaxed curiosity about them, that’s when they start to naturally quiet down of their own accord. When we stop fighting with our mind, or engaging it with a positive or negative attitude, then the mind slows down as it has nothing to feed off.
Keep this in mind the next time you sit down to meditate – just watch your thoughts come and go without getting caught up in them. When you notice that you are no longer watching them and instead are following a trail of thoughts or feelings, simply remind yourself to go back to observing them. Do this for even a few minutes and you’ll instantly notice a difference in how you feel.
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