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Meditation tips for busy people with busy minds

Discover why ALL thoughts are valid

If you’ve tried to meditate but found it impossible because of all the thoughts firing through your head, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

We spent years giving it a go, trying not think of anything, but it never worked. And nor should it have, as embracing all thought is the definition of meditation.

So, rather than fight the thoughts that fly in and out the mind, learning to be with them is where the magic lies, as meditation guru Light Watkins explains why.

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In fact, he explains that calming the mind need not feel like climbing Everest but should require no more effort than having a dream while taking a nap!

That sounds like five-star zen, right there.

Writing for Conscious Lifestyle magazine, he revealed that the key to succeeding in meditation is to treat all thoughts as a legitimate part of the meditating experience.

This means, if wondering what you’re having for dinner or feeling anxious why your mate didn’t text find their way into your mediative space, they are to be welcomed.

Light said: “The more we celebrate our thinking mind, the more transcendent and blissful our experiences will be in meditation and consequently, the richer and more spacious our experiences will become outside of mindfulness and meditation.

“The first step in celebrating the mind is to get rid of the word ‘distracting’ when describing our unrelated thoughts in meditation.”

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In our attempt to ignore so-called distracting thoughts, we do not allow our mind to enter the five zones of meditation which is vital for the process.

Light continued: “These five zones are focused thinking, random thinking, mixture of random thoughts and daydreams, dreams, and the settled mind. They encapsulate all the mental experiences that you might have within a given meditation.” 

So… what do they mean?

The focused thinking zone is what you typically might expect from meditation, in terms of being in the present, and can include thoughts such as ‘I’m sitting on my couch meditating’ or ‘My mind is very busy while I’m meditating’.

The random thinking zone is the ‘distracting’ thoughts that whizz by, such as ‘I want to have macaroni for dinner’ or ‘I forgot to call the dentist to make an appointment’.

This is followed by the random thoughts and daydreams zone, reflecting thoughts that make partial sense but are fragmented, such as ‘I should retrain as a clown.’

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Moving further into the dream state, the next zone reflects thoughts that don’t make any sense or are related to sensations, such as ‘That shade of blue is beautiful’.

Last but not least, the final zone is the settled mind where pure bliss is achieved and you have found nirvana.

Ultimately, this blissful experience becomes so great that the thinking process spontaneously comes to a halt, without you having to try to quiet your thoughts.

In contrast, the act of trying to consciously hush the thinking process only results in frustration and creating further distance between yourself and the settled mind.

Essentially, ALL thoughts are valid, it’s how you navigate them that counts.

To read the full article, click here: Conscious Lifestyle.

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