How to meditate to reduce stressA very important point made here is not to judge thoughts as either "good" or "bad". Just let them go and return to the meditation support which might be breath or sound or a mantra. Or it could be simply watching your thoughts.
This is so easy you will wonder why you haven’t been doing it all your life.
First start by slowly turning your mind inwards so that instead of focussing on the external appearances of sight, smell, etc. you are looking at your thoughts. Become aware of them. How do they move? Where do they come from? Where do they go?
Do not try to change the thought. Do not judge “bad” thoughts and do not reward “good” thoughts. Just be aware of them. After some time you will be able to watch your thoughts quite easily without becoming distracted or frustrated.
Meditating in this way will allow you to be able to recognize thoughts when they first arise. This is a powerful tool in reducing stress as you realize that it is just a thought, not solid. By simply recognizing our thoughts we reduce their power and thus can reduce the effects they have on our life.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Here's an excerpt from an article entitled "How 5 Minutes of Meditation a Day Can Save Your Life":