SUGGESTIONS FOR MEDITATION

Let’s become aware of the difference between Rumination, Brooding, Daydreaming, and Meditation.
The scientific term for the first group is Self Generated Thoughts (SGT)

Brooding often heads in a negative direction. This is left over from our early days on the planet when survival was our main concern. Let’s intentionally switch to a mental state more appropriate for our time, which is flourishing. 

Rumination arises independently of what’s around us or what we are doing.

Let’s not allow ourself to remain at the mercy of self generated thoughts.

CREATIVE THINKING

Sometimes the mind comes up with good suggestions. Let’s do like Henry David Thoreau who always carried a notebook and a pen with him to write these down,

TIMES WHEN RUMINATION OFTEN KICKS IN

Lying in bed when you wake up,
During rest (Breaks), 
Reading a book (losing your place),
During commuting,
When driving,
Waiting (at the dentist, at the checkout counter, on the phone).

SWITCH TO MEDITATION

Let’s watch the mind instead of being carried along by it. 

Two metaphors for meditation: 
Sitting by the water and watching the river flow,
Watching the clouds drift.

DOING AND KNOWING

You have heard the expression, ‘He doesn’t know what he is doing!’
Surely we don’t want to be one of these people…
Yet, doing something and being aware that you are doing it do not always go together.
Example: Did you ever go round and round looking for your keys?
Yet, you are the one who put them somewhere.
Having tension in your body and knowing that you have tension do not always go together either.
If you were aware that you are tensing your muscles, it would be easier to let go.

Mindfulness is paying attention deliberately so we know what we are doing.

Here is a Mindfulness Mantra:

Walk and know you’re walking,
Breathe and know you’re alive.

One cannot relax the body without relaxing the mind.
Mindfulness makes it possible to relax both body and mind

We tense up when we jump over a puddle.
Do we relax completely afterwards?
Our day is like a country road with many puddles.
Tension accumulates if we do not let go after each jump.

Impatience also creates stress as it separates mind  from body:
The body is still waiting in line, but the mind is already at the checkout.
The mind is already at work, at home, at a destination.
The body is stuck in traffic.

If you notice that you are petting a thought,
stop and come back to your breath.
Come back over and over again.
With practice, we stay in the here and now longer.

Meditation becomes more agreeable and more peaceful.

Chantal Jacques