Recently I was asked to participate in a expert round up about what are the #1 benefits I personally receive from Meditation.
Firstly many thanks to Allen at LearnRelaxationTechniques.com for inviting and including me.
You can see the post with some really inspiring answers and lots of new blogs to visit here.
I wanted to give a little more background on why I chose to say what I did because for me this aspect is fundamental to change and progress.
What Did I Submit?
As you can see my submission is quite basic and simple. Seems pretty predictable right, to be the boss of my emotions and captain of the ship.
One important point which is not often addressed directly is that of habitual thinking and actions.
Acting out patterns provided by the subconscious with no real understanding of why we think or feel those things.
Basically becoming automations, robots following some invisible program.
So the last few lines are meaning to be free from subconscious patterns which is tricky to do.
Because first we have to notice what is there and then its hard to just stop an operating system without putting something in its place.
What Do I Mean
Lets look at what role the subconscious plays in our life.
Some one may ask: “How can the subconscious change conditions?” The reply is, because the subconscious is a part of the Universal Mind and a part must be the same in kind and quality as the whole; the only difference is one of degree. The whole, as we know, is creative. In fact, it is the only creator there is. Consequently, we find that mind is creative, and as thought is the only activity which the mind possesses, thought must necessarily be creative also.
Charles Haanel – Master Key
Here we can see Charles Haanel highlighting the importance of the Subconscious. It just gets on with the job with no question of the orders given.
This is why we must be so careful and so conscious of what we allow to be imprinted upon the mind.
Here we see again the nature of the mind to follow pattens in a quote from William Walker Atkinson.
The mind has been likened to a piece of paper that has been folded. Ever afterwards it has a tendency to fold in the same crease-unless we make a new crease or fold, when it will follow the last lines.
William Walker Atkinson
You can see from the quotes from the masters that we need to be super careful (yes I know I keep repeating myself 🙂 )what we allow to dwell in the mind.
Often our thoughts and feelings are nothing but habits we have become accustomed to.
But it works as cycle. What we allow to dwell in our mind feeds into the subconscious.
The subconscious will then create more of the same.
So its like a train we cant get off! Unless we are super careful with our thoughts in daily life we are stuck on a getaway train!
The grandfather of the Self Improvement movement Napoleon Hill says in ‘Think Grow Rich’ the following.
This is the equivalent of saying that any impulse of thoughtwhich is repeatedly passed on to the subconscious mind is, finally,
accepted and acted upon by the subconscious mind, which proceeds to translate that impulse into its physical equivalent, by the most practical procedure available.Napoleon Hill
There you have it the author of one the most well known and powerful self improvement books of the last century makes it clear.
Our subconscious creates our future. Remember the saying ‘We reap what we sow’.
Often we think externally in the way we treat the world when hearing this saying.
But it is as true in relation to ourselves. The subconscious is the garden and the thoughts we hold onto charged with our emotions are the seeds we sow.
So when I say ‘to truly be conscious of what I do and why I do it, not out of habit or emotional compulsion, is priceless.‘ you now know what I mean.
I like to re frame meditation as instead of the main practice it is actually a daily test to see where we are at with our mindfulness practice.
Our day is actually our practice in remaining conscious of what we put into our subconscious and aware of what habits we are creating.
The process of entering the Void (A state of no thoughts) then becomes much more straight forward as we are not constantly creating new mental patterns that we then need to silence.
I hope this post has been useful and helps explain a little why I wrote what I did.
Massive thanks again to Allen for including me in such an impressive line up. Please do go and check out the post here and visit some of the other blogs.