Do you ever feel like you pack too much into one day? Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough time for yourself? Do you ever just stop and appreciate the little things or are you caught up with emotions, thoughts, feelings?
Well, you’ve come to the right place! Meditation is a great skill and tool, which can help you shape a greater understanding about yourself as a person and how you relate to your emotions and thoughts, as well as an added awareness of the world around you. To quote John Lennon: ” Life is what happens to you, when you are busy making other plans”. The matter of the fact is, that we all fall victim to our thoughts and emotions. It’s so interesting how one thought can pop into our heads and we can literally create a whole world of concern just from that one little thought that pops into our heads.
Mindfulness teaches that there are three ways that we deal with our thoughts:
The first way is that, we can get involved with the thought. So, say this thought arises: “everyone thinks I’m annoying”, by getting involved with the thought, you might develop the thought and start to get caught up in self-depreciation, without even noticing.
The second way is resisting the thought. There are many ways in which one can do this, for example by ignoring the thought and by trying to avoid any slight bit of acknowledgement of the thought.
The third way, is observing and awareness, which is what Mindfulness Meditation teaches. It sounds incredibly simple, you may be reading this, thinking: how on earth can observing an anxious/depressive thought, for example, help me deal with my mental health?? Well, that’s a great question. Mindfulness teaches that we need to be aware of our thoughts, note them and once we have done that, we bring ourselves back to the current moment we are in and focus on what is going on around us. So, this might be the wind brushing past your face, the smell of suncream, the fluffy clouds in the sky, literally anything involving the senses in that present moment.
One of the great things we learn from Mindfulness, is the fact that thoughts are thoughts, feelings are feelings and emotions are emotions. If we have a thought that we don’t like, or don’t agree with, we don’t need to interact with them. We simply observe they are there and focus on the coping tools and mechanisms on how to slowly change your thought patterns.
So, I’m suggesting you just give it a go. A lot of what I have said, is so easier said than done. However, the whole point of meditation is that you are bringing some long-term, if not lifetime habits into your daily life. I just find that thought really exciting and I definitely think it’s worth a shot, it isn’t for everyone, but a lot of research has shown it reduces anxiety in a variety of different ways.
**Disclaimer: Meditation has helped me thoroughly. Whilst, I thoroughly recommend it, it does not work for everyone. It also is not simply a solution for mental health illnesses, rather a catalyst for appreciation and awareness, giving you an ability to understand a little more about the nature of your mental health illness or even if you dont have a mental health illness, just to get to know yourself a little better***
Let me know how it goes,