Welcome back to your meditation for resilience course. Today’s experience is here to challenge a common misconception about meditation. One that makes it difficult to start or to stick with a regular practice. Find your comfortable seated position. Remember, you don’t have to sit on the floor with your legs crossed, unless that feels good to you. Take your time to settle into a posture that allows you to feel relaxed and at home in your body.
When you feel ready, gently close the eyes and allow the hands to rest on the legs with the palms facing down. The misconception is that meditating means completely emptying your mind of all thoughts. The reality is that it’s nearly impossible to do that. So this misconception shouldn’t be an obstacle in the way of you building a steady, supportive practice for yourself. Because meditation is one of the best ways to build your own resilience. And meditating regularly will strengthen your resilience over time. In other words, it will give you a simple, yet really effective way to move through the challenges in acceptance of your emotions, and without fear. Fear often stems from a sense that the emotions you’re feeling or the thing you’re going through, will never end. And resilience is knowing that those emotions will pass. This time will pass. Now notice the thoughts that are moving in your mind. I choose to say moving because thoughts do move. They move constantly. They shift and change and jump and one thought inspires the next. They are rarely still. The brain is rarely stuck on one singular thought for more than a moment or two.
So how are your thoughts moving now? allow it to happen. More than that, welcome the movement of your thoughts. Become aware of the way that one thought triggers another.
Allow the path to take its own direction. We are doing the opposite of working to quiet the mind. We are encouraging it to run wild to be uninhibited. Notice what happens. by noticing the way your thoughts change, grow, move and jump. You are beginning to develop an important skill for resilience. You are learning how to witness your mind without judging it. There is no good thought or bad thought. There are only thoughts and thoughts are an essential function of your brain. Notice how they come and go. change and grow. Allow each thought. Welcome back, accept it and allow it to move on when it is ready.
Instead of pushing thoughts away when they seem scary or uncomfortable, or trigger an emotional reaction, see if you can notice that reaction. observe it how does that thought make you feel? You don’t need to work out why it makes you feel the way it does. Simply notice that it does make you feel that way.
You are safe. You are in a secure place. You can observe and acknowledge thoughts and emotions, even fear without hesitation in sitting with your thoughts you are practicing the skill of not becoming overwhelmed by thoughts.
Because this is a skill. You are learning to observe without judgment. You are giving yourself time to change the way you perceive your thoughts. Not as threats to judge or fear. But as the interesting insightful workings of your mind. You are entirely capable of sitting comfortably with your thoughts even when they seem to be in chaos. Repeat this with me. Either out loud if you feel comfortable to do so. Or silently in your mind. I am entirely capable of sitting comfortably with my thoughts even when they seem to be in chaos.
Twice more. I am entirely capable of sitting comfortably with my thoughts even when they seem to be in chaos.
I am entirely capable of sitting comfortably with my thoughts even when they seem to be in chaos. Now notice the palms of the hands the place where they connect with the legs. Notice the warmth of the palms of the hands. The energy that you are giving to yourself the commitment that you are giving to your relationship with yourself.
You are sitting comfortably with your body and with your thoughts and with this practice, your resilience grows Your practice is complete in your own time, take a deep breath in and let it go. Blink your eyes open and give yourself a moment to adjust to the light before you continue with your day.
”Meditation is one of the best ways to build your own resilience. And meditating regularly will strengthen your resilience over time.