This is a profound quote as many times our mind can definitely be our worst enemy. However, the mind is a very useful tool, and chopping your head off or a lobotomy have some unpleasant side effects ;) . So how can you make sure that you use your mind so that it doesn't use you? I have briefly discussed this in my book review of the outstanding book Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine on my YouTube Channel. Yet this is such an important topic, so I wanted to dive more deeply into it.
The core principle of the Positive Intelligence system, or any tradition to allow you to help disarm your enemy in the mind to support you in being the best you can be and supporting your community is mindfulness. Why is mindfulness ever increasingly popular and is being widely applied and studies? It works, and has worked for thousands of years. However, there are unique challenges in applying a mindfulness approach, despite its many benefits. I want to discuss the challenges, and ensure that you are able to incorporate it into your daily routine. It does NOT matter if you just know mindfulness is a positive habit to develop. You must act on this knowledge. How to transform your knowledge about the benefits of meditation into a sustainable meditation practice is the topic of this blog post.
I have talked about helpful tips about how to make meditation a habit on my YouTube Channel. While that video has excellent points, and I highly recommend you check it out, I want to discuss something vital that I did not elaborate on in that particular video. As I have talked about in a previous blog post (Read More Here) learning and growth is a non-linear process.
Therefore, when you are doing your mindfulness meditation practice, there are going to be periods where your 'meditations seem great' (I will do a future blog post why you shouldn't judge your meditations), and you feel very motivated to meditate. On the other hand there are going to be periods where you just can't seem to stay focused no matter how hard you try, and you have no desire to sit down and meditate. That is okay!
Similarly, there are times where you will meditate and doing so will help you feel calm, happier, and more relaxed. Yet there will also be times where it does not help, or your become more aware of stress in your body you have been holding onto and temporarily it creates a bit of 'emotional turbulence.' Does that mean you should stop meditating or that it is not working? Absolutely not.
Meditation is the most effective methods for disarming the enemy in the head, and it can most definitely assuage negative emotions in the short term, but the ultimate benefit from a meditation practice comes from long-term consistent practice, like anything in life. Like your body does not benefit appreciably from exercising once a year, your mind does not benefit from meditating sporadically. Meditation is fitness training for your mind. You need a consistent meditation practice to reap benefit from it.
The tips I shared in the video above are extremely helpful, but they will not help you make meditation a life long habit if you do not change your mindset about meditation. You should NOT expect a direct benefit from an individual meditation session. Meditation is not the end/be all of life and will NOT make your life pure bliss. Only powerful drugs like heroin can even come close to giving you that feeling for a very short period of time. However, meditation is a potent tool to help you clear your mind of clutter and be present so you can learn from the ultimate teacher, life. By consistently meditating you will be able to neutralize the enemy between your two ears.
- Meditation or mindfulness is the most robust tool at neutralizing the enemy between your two ears.
-Knowing meditation can positively transform your life is useless if you don't act on it
-When developing a meditation practice you need to be playing the long game. Do NOT expect a short term reward. The benefits will accrue over years and years of consistent practice as you continue to learn more and more from the master teacher, life. This is the foundation of wisdom.
If you can’t sustain it, it’s not worth it.
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