I like to think about mindful meditation as a way to center and get connected to both yourself and source, simultaneously.
It’s a way of centering yourself. A way of creating space in your life so that you can slow down the processing of stimuli and allow for natural and easy connections to happen. It’s like getting into the flow.
The process of mindful meditation allows for development of a stream of thought that connects source energy or God and self, so that you can see a thread, pattern, or sense of wholeness in the world.
This process could be described as cognitive behavioral modification that you exert onto yourself. This is a description of conscious paradigm shifting.
It’s a process whereby you can guide your beliefs and actions.
Think of it as a way to re-set where neutral is.
For example, if I am angry and I am thinking about how someone has hurt me, I am using my cognitive abilities to continue to bring up more and more information about how this feeling is justified.
I may use various examples of how this person, or another person, has hurt me before to provide supporting evidence that I am right to be angry and they deserve my anger. This brings me out of the flow of energy of non-anger or lovingkindness.
If my belief is that lovingkindness and compassion are the best qualities to focus my behavior, then I will feel out of sorts with this anger-promoting behavior.
If I decide to meditate mindfully, my breathwork – breathing in and breathing out – just focusing on my breath – can then allow me to become neutral and apply my cognitive abilities to support a lovingkindness perspective; one where I am taking into account all the different threads of information that may go into the event of the other person hurting me and my feeling anger about what they did/said.
It allows for conscious paradigm shifting, as I am able to view the situation from a 360 degree perspective including figure and ground perspectives.
This is useful when desiring to maintain congruency in beliefs and actions.
If my belief is that anger is a feeling that can increase my awareness of a problem or a breach, but not useful beyond this alarm-system-concept then I would want to have a resource to turn off the anger, to instruct myself on what action is necessary now that I know there is a breach, allowing a congruency between belief and action.
Mindful meditation is just that resource.
It slows the processing of information and straightens out the curves of emotional stimuli so that one can view the experience, feelings, and the actions/words of others, from a more neutral or unattached perspective.
It unlinks the feelings and the behavior, so that one can allow all the threads of the event to help evaluate what action is most beneficial to effect change toward congruent actions and beliefs.
Mindful meditation is a fantastic tool to increase one’s personal awareness about oneself.
It increases neurotransmitters that allow for an increase in connection about social situations and social behavior as well as those that promote a sense of well-being and self-confidence.
It increases a person’s sense of empowerment. Slowing down the process of stimuli, it increases the effectiveness of the chosen action to promote the desired outcome.
Practice mindful meditation over the next few days and apply it the next time you feel anger toward another person’s actions, words.
See if you can transform your perception of the situation and the other so that you may act in a way that is more neutral and compassionate.
You may find that you will increase your self-confidence and the positiveness of your personal relationships. It can be very rewarding.
See you tomorrow.