Always searching for new ways to keep a positive attitude to life and acknowledging I’m a restless person, who has never managed to successfully meditate (I keep losing my concentration within the first 5 min!)… I asked Anastasia Xidis a Therapist, Healer and friend, to elaborate a little bit more on this subject and also enlighten me further on negative thoughts and feelings…
Is there a specific manner or time of the day to meditate? How often should we practice?
Meditation can be practised everywhere and at all times. It can be beneficial to everyone, as it offers space and calmness to restless minds and promotes focus. There is no unique or right way to meditate, but rather a matter of finding what works best for each individual. It is important though, to choose a means to meditate on; this could vary from a glass of water, a candle flame, fishing (or any kind of sport), a mantra or our own breath.
In general, anything one does with absolute concentration is a form of meditation; to focus on one object/activity and observe only that object/activity for a while. It can vary from 10 single breaths to 10hrs, depending on the individual! Time and discipline deepens the practice.
Why is it easier to dwell on negative thoughts rather than positive ones?
We often forget to acknowledge our blessings. We dwell too much on negative thoughts and have very little to say about the positive things that are happening in our lives. It is human nature, the need to constantly keep our minds busy.
Buddha, in the ancient scriptures, described the nature of a mind as a monkey jumping from one branch to another – with no peace. This is how our brain works. In our daily routine, while driving our cars, we usually tend to over-think just about EVERYTHING; in the midst of making phone calls and continuously organizing we gradually experience a range of emotions that can vary from anger to sadness or even happiness!
The true nature of our mind is to organize, control, and label some of the information received by our sensory organs and then, deal with it through our body.
In this super high tech age we live in, our minds end up receiving an incredible amount of stimuli per minute! As a result, there is so much info to process, so many things to label, that it is inevitable NOT to feel overwhelmed!
Meditation promotes an inner stillness and calmness, in order to reboot the brain, and train the mind to choose the information that is more beneficial to our well-being.
We might often go through negative emotions, such as jealousy of others success and happiness? How would you advise us to handle such emotions?
If we realize that this is happening, then probably, we are not satisfied with our own life. So, we could begin by inquiring what we need to do, in order to feel positive about our own lives.
When such emotions arise, observe what is happening in the body and mind, and think if they can be beneficial in any way. Negative or positive emotions are signs of inner processes that we need to pay attention to, in order to develop ourselves.
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