Getting lost in our thoughts can be like a pleasant daydream, or an incessant whirl of criticism.
Often we’ve slipped into listening to harsh, judgemental thoughts without even noticing, and these can be looping round in circular patterns that have the potential to make us and our actions feel judged, invalid, fearful and even intimidated!
Most of us have this at one time or another, especially around high pressure events such as presentations, interviews and changes of living or working circumstances, but many are finding that they experience ‘invasive’ thoughts during more daily situations and usual aspects of life.
Patterns of loud or negative thought can be useful in warning us off from a real danger in our environment, advising us to vacate or face a situation that’s potentially threatening, yet this natural response to ‘stressors’ can get overused and feel like it’s coming online more often than not.
This is when it can be infinitely helpful to gain perspective on our thoughts and realise that we (the essence of ourselves) are in fact not what the contents of our heads would have us believe, and that this is simply a protection programme (like a voice activated computer program to warn us of danger) that’s become a little too inflated in our awareness.
Meditation is the conscious ‘training’ (like you would groups of muscles in a gym) of mental awareness to stay intentionally focussed on an ‘object’ of experience e.g. focussing on listening to sounds existing around yourself or intently repeating a word (mantra) internally for a period of time, and therefore gain greater perspective on your own thought processes, eventually recognising that thoughts do indeed come and go and that we don’t have to follow or react to each one.
I use a variety of mindfulness based (present moment) tools, sensory awareness techniques, brain wave state signatures (symbols that measurably take you to certain calmer brain wave dominant states), visualisations and guided relaxation techniques in teaching this invaluable mental training.
Each person is treated as unique, and a personalised mix of what’s effective can be found during a session with me to enable practitioners to become self sustaining in their practice. The potent effects of meditation really come through the daily/regular practice of individualised techniques as the practitioner becomes able to still themselves, watch their own thoughts and report and reflect on fluctuations and changes over time.
Benefits of meditation include:
Greater engagement with senses and life experiences
Mental calm, overview and clarity
Reduced feelings of mental overwhelm and loss of control
Increased ability to regulate reactions to life’s events and circumstances