Meditation is a positive activity, therefore regular meditation contributes to developing a positive personality. Itís a situation of like for like, or so you think, so you become.
In meditation we stand back from the thoughts running through our mind and become as observers in a grandstand, keeping our seat while watching the action out on the field.
Meditation requires us to hold still. And though thoughts may be running by, at least part of our being is resting and rejuvenating.
Add even regular breathing to the mix and emotions that may be stirred up also calm. So then youíre two thirds the way to reclaiming your inborn peace.
It is a challenge to get that last third, the thoughts, to be still, so until you do substitute positive thinking whenever you slip into negativity. Remember, negativity is the opposite of positive and comes when the ego thinks it is a part of your being, but it isnít.
Because we are all one or joined in spirit there is no real ego of separateness. That is a delusion and not a happy dream, either.
Meditation to develop positive thoughts
Choose a quiet place where you will not be disturbed, such as a corner of your bedroom behind a folding screen. If you are sitting on a cushion bend your legs in; if sitting on a chair plant the soles of your feet firmly on the floor for balance.
Fold your hands in your lap or place them palms up or palms down on your thighs. Close your eyes and begin even measured breathing. For example, breathe in one count, breathe out one count, breathe in one count and continue this regular rhythm throughout your meditation without actually saying the numbers.
Breathing is a tie between body, thoughts, emotions. When breathing evenly the body relaxes and the mind becomes peaceful. Let your meditation work for you in that way to assist your positive state of mind even after the meditation time.
Pull your attention to your regular breathing, keep your body still and observe the thoughts traveling by. If a negative thought marches by change it. Yes, it is in your power to substitute the opposite positive thought. If you are thinking negatively about another, instead send them thoughts of kindness.
By practicing concerted kindness in your visualizations your later actualizations will begin to be more positive.
A benefit of positive thinking is an increase in your energy level.
Next in your meditation think of an appreciation for a loved one or pet and stretch it out to the world, to the universe.
Enjoy your feelings of peace and contentment for a few moments.
Take a deep breath in, slowly release it, open your eyes and stretch out. Go on with your day in a positive way. If you notice yourself becoming negative take a few minutes to meditate and recover your positive outlook.
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