Everyone has something that they like to do to try and change the way they feel when in negative states. In extreme cases this could be using drugs or alcohol on a daily basis, or perhaps reaching for that piece of chocolate or having a cigarette. We have all experienced, or are experiencing the desire to cover up or adjust how we are feeling- chasing the need to suppress it somehow. Sometimes we don’t even know what we are feeling but this can manifest itself in many negative ways. A little bit of what you fancy doesn’t hurt occasionally, but what if it’s affecting your relationships, your family, or your life?
Our memories are deeply rooted in the unconscious mind, and although we may not be consciously aware of something, it’s tucked away and stored into a memory filing cabinet. Certain triggers can bring up these stored feelings making us unhappy or unfulfilled but perhaps not even knowing why. This can be quite typical amongst people with depression or anxiety.
Meditation and mindfulness relaxation has proven to be an excellent alternative to the modern day anti depressants and I feel compelled to blog about this in the hope that it will open up a new perspective in dealing with negative feelings or unwanted thoughts.
Although I am passionate about NLP techniques being an excellent tool system in changing our thoughts and behaviours, I am also keen to campaign on how a little bit of mind relaxation can be so effective. Actually mindfulness meditation features well within NLP, it’s all relative.
What would happen if you stopped to feel pain, noticed the way you felt about something or recognised an unhelpful pattern of behaviour? Being able to recognise our own feelings and behaviour is the absolute beginning in being able to change it.
“Learning how to take our foot off the gas pedal of activity, we come out of overdrive and restore our mental and physical balance. Rather than desperately searching for a cure for our problems, we let go and begin to let natural wellbeing, wakefulness and wisdom emerge. We stop seeking answers, and let them come to us. We give up the fight and the stress that comes with it.” The Mindful Manifesto
Often meditation is associated with Buddhism, however it is becoming more and more common as part of people’s agenda, and mindfulness is even available on the NHS in some counties to help with mental health problems as an alternative to addictive prescriptions.
Meditation is like a muscle, the more you do it, the easier it becomes and I say this from my own experience.
On this blog I want to write so much more, but I will have to leave you to do the rest and investigate more into this excellent resource – your mind will love you for it!
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
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