Enjoy this 140-page eBook filled with detailed explanations of each of the 55 TSD Mindfulness teachings. Learn how the temperamental body operates to influence your behavior and manage stress. Empower yourself with ultra-mindfulness of your mental, emotional and spiritual systems. Inspire your coaching or therapy clients to navigate their own emotions, behaviors and heart wisdom.
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Our mental fields our valuable to our lives because we are able to process information and create. Our mental field is also valuable to our meditation practice because it allows us to experience awareness. Awareness of our actions, our thoughts, our healing process, our pain and our joy. Let us give thanks to our mental fields for playing such an important role in our lives. However, our mental field can get a bit carried away at times, especially during meditation or a contemplative activity. For this reason, we need to tame our mental fields in order to move our consciousness into our hearts where we enter a healing process and/or a joyful experience.
When your mental field is untamed, your logic and sometimes your instinct generates a train of thoughts. For instance, if your logic tells you a past event did not meet your expectations, then thoughts about disappointment will ensue. Additionally, if your gut is concerned that your integrity will be brought into question, thoughts about self-doubt will manifest. An important action in taming the mental field is disengaging from these thoughts.
An extremely effective way to disengage from your thoughts is observing forms in your mind, which is a Buddhist concept. Certain Buddhist meditators take a step back from their thoughts by ceasing to interact with the content of their thoughts and instead observe the form of their mental process. For example, instead of feeling the reality of the many anxious thoughts running through your mind, notice a symbol that represents this cluster of thoughts. Perhaps a cyclone shape. This approach is very powerful because it allows you to continue to observe the existence of your thoughts without getting entangled with the story the thoughts are telling. This technique is a wonderful way to tame your mental field.
Consider a time when you had a cluster of thoughts cycling though your awareness. These thoughts might create anxiety, excitement, or other type of intensity. The content of these thoughts are the stories they tell, including places, characters and actions. The form of these thoughts is a symbolic shape that represents them, such as, a ball expanding and contracting. Consider another time when you had a single reoccurring thought. The content of this thought is what the thought is about and the form of this thought is a symbol, such as waves lapping up on shore and then pulling back away.
When I teach this technique, I show a clip of a Seinfeld episode. I ask my students to simply watch. The students are intrigued by the story. Then I ask my students to watch the clip again, but this second time to avoid processing the story and instead notice the colors and shapes of the objects in the background, as well as, the pitches and tones of the character’s voices. This second viewing is quite different than the first. In this second viewing, my students are disengaged from the story and instead notice the abstract elements of the clip. This technique tames your mind because it stops the cycle of one thought triggering another, and then another. The thought is simply there as it is and not elaborated upon.