The mind acts quite counter intuitively to lower level consciousness when you think about it. I think this is most noticeable when it comes to staying focused, particularly when you are trying to get into a meditative state.
Can you think of times when the subconscious mind acts contrary to what appears to be logical?
Have you ever had a similar experience while trying to meditate, of trying to focus on your breath and everything but your breath comes to your mind? Meaning, you are becoming distracted.
You feel a mild pinch in your stomach and you hear your stomach growl. You’re hungry but you still have a few minutes left of meditation so you try to ignore the hunger but you just can’t stop thinking about lunch.
You start to plan out what you’re going to eat. Mmmm you’re going to make a mango smoothie with lunch. Nick likes smoothies. I like Nick, I wonder what he’s doing for lunch today…
And then you realize, oh my god, you haven’t been focusing on your breath for over a minute.
That, my friends, is an example of how thought can act like a slippery slope.
From Buddha down to the most novice practicioner, everyone has had this experience. And if you haven’t had this experience then, you are either lying, have never meditated before, or are simply too perfect for this channel haha but for the most part, it is a universal quandrie that we all experience.
I think Yogiraj gives the best answer to correct this universal problem.
Rejoice in the distraction.
Acknowledge the distraction and love it for what it is. I call this shining light.
For me personally, it is one of the most counter intuitive operations of the mind.
Without physical distractions, like cell phones, television, internet, or exercise when it’s just you and your subconscious, and you try to mentally push away distractions in the form of thoughts, it just creates more thought, more distraction.
This is not a good method to improve concentration. It simply does not work.
Rejoice. Shine a loving white light on the distraction, a spotlight of love, contentment, and understanding and watch the thought disappear and then go back to concentrating on the breath or whatever you are meditating on.
While, it appears to be an extra step between refocusing the mind but what it actually does is quite profound when you start implementing it. Your meditation sessions will greatly improve because you will start to enjoy the natural wanderings of the mind. It’s an early step in the process of trusting your true subconscious intuition.
Understand that a wandering mind is natural and healthy. It shows that your mind is working properly. That understanding is worth rejoicing alone.
The happiness that this practice brings frees your mind. Whereas pushing away those natural thoughts frustrates your mind because these thoughts cannot be stopped since they are natural. Maybe it doesn’t frustrate you a a lot at first but as the thoughts continue to come, you continue to push away, you’ll start judging your meditation as poor, which is just another thought and a negative one at that.
Cut the problem off at the source by loving your distractions and they will leave on their own volition.
The happiness and alertness you will feel just by loving your distractions breeds concentration. You’ll start actively looking for and seeking out thoughts to rejoice. Instead of reacting to thoughts, you’ll be taking action before they even arise. This is advanced level meditation my friends.
I know what some of you are thinking…
If we rejoice every time our meditation gets messed up by distraction, we will be rejoicing every meditation. Where Yogiraj would respond “what’s wrong with rejoicing during every meditation?” I’d have to agree.
Rejoice especially hard with bad thoughts. These thoughts need to come. They need to come conscious so you can get rid of them. You are born again with every thought. Every bad thought needs to come out so you can observe how silly the thought is and throw the thought away by bringing the mind back to your meditation object. This is how you allow your subconscious to let go of the thought. It thought that the bad thought was important because of the amount of emotion tied to the thought but obviously it’s not an important thought if the conscious mind is indifferent to it and chooses to focus on the breath instead of the emotion filled negative thought.
Allow the emotions to come, process these bad thoughts. This is known as meditational puking. You are literally purging your mind of bad thoughts. But in order to do that, you need to rejoice when the thought presents itself.
We all experience some terrible thoughts during meditation. That does not mean we are bad people. They are just thoughts. Acknowledge them, rejoice in their presentation and purge them with unconditional love and then bring your mind back to your meditation object.
When meditating, be shameless. The only one who will ever see these thoughts are you and God. Because God loves you unconditionally, the only one you have to worry about with judgement is you. Love yourself unconditionally and you won’t judge your negative thoughts at all.
Do not repress bad thoughts when you are meditating. Rejoice in them.
It’s made the process of meditation for me so much more enjoyable. I ask that you try it and see how it works for you. Have a good week my friends.