Taking time to think over a situation on any level reveals there may be more options than what comes to mind at first thought.
This process of seeking out all the relevant facts before acting and planning leads to the most constructive result of our efforts. And add to that holding a positive attitude while thinking over options leads to what is best for the situation and all concerned.
Reflective meditation is an opportunity to get to the most positive resolve.
In the quiet of meditation the body stills and is one less interference to the mind's train of thought. Sitting or reclining quietly is a time to take an issue from its roughest outer edge, and gently pull off the coverings of irrelevant and unworkable solutions to reveal the pure nugget of truth, of wisdom underlying all.
As we quietly reflect we are playing out one scenario after another in our mind with most of our concentration. Trying to figure out a sticky situation while doing another activity would be harder and take longer than the concentrated time given in reflective meditation.
To practice reflective meditation
Sit in your meditation spot with a journal and pen at your side. Begin with some even regular breathing such as 2 counts to breathe in and 2 counts to breathe out - do not hold your breath in between. Keep up this rhythmic breathing throughout your period of reflection.
Think of an appreciation for the good you have in your life. This sets your mind on a positive track, which is a necessary ingredient to being able to reach the best possible answer.
After all, positive thoughts lead to positive results. Negative thoughts do not lead down the path to a positive result. It is the action of karma, like for like, that can be observed in the world around us.
Now on to the topic for reflection - sitting or lying still begin by considering the options that first come to mind. Take a moment to record them in your journal. Write out the pros and cons. It may take awhile for just the right answer to come to mind because as we go more inward new options present themselves that weren't obvious at the beginning.
Gaining insight is a huge benefit of reflective meditation.
When you feel you've uncovered the resolve write it out in your journal for action as needed. To finish your meditation take a deep breath, stretch out, stand and go on with your day.
Article by Susan Helene Kramer; photo credit Stan Schaap
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