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Disordered Thinking, Sin, and a Helpful Meditation
I read an article in which the term disordered thinking or desires was used several times in reference to sin. For those not familiar with the concept, here is a definition from MedicineNet.com:
"Disordered thinking: A failure to be able to "think straight." Thoughts may come and go rapidly. The person may not be able to concentrate on one thought for very long and may be easily distracted, unable to focus attention. The person may be unable to connect thoughts into logical sequences, with thoughts becoming disorganized and fragmented. …" (1.)
In my opinion, labeling sin as disordered thinking takes the onus away from the individual, and blames it on something outside personal control, which is illogical. Because, without the orderly understanding of right from wrong, one cannot be held accountable (for sin).
Reconnecting with our Source of love and peace and joy is the path that obliterates sin from the mind and actions that follow. In union with the esoteric virtues the mind rises above plus and minus into communion with the state above variance - that of holiness.
Now, meditation may not cure clinically disordered thinking, but if the goal is stress relief and relaxation of body and mind, which lends itself to logical thinking, here is a deep relaxation meditation that may help.
Body and Mind Relaxation Meditation
Lie on your back on a firm surface with your arms just away from your sides and your feet about a foot a part. Close your eyes and begin regular and even breathing such as counts 1, 2 breathe in; counts 3, 4 breathe out; counts 1, 2 breathe in, and continue this rhythmic pattern while allowing your body to feel like it is sinking lower and lower into the surface supporting it.
Breath is a tie between body and mind - when we are feeling agitated our breathing is ragged or irregular. Regaining control by taking even breaths regularizes the breathing and calms the body at the same time.
Practicing this deep relaxation along with concentrating on the even breathing gives the mind some moments to calm down, and a period of time to quietly think through issues and solve problems.
Adding affirmations for the highest good put the mind in a positive mood that lends itself most efficiently to resolving issues.
After the period of relaxation meditation, take some time to write out in a journal any new ideas that come to mind to solve problems, or to work out sticky relationship issues.
To recap: the combination of even breathing, deep relaxation, positive affirmations, and recording insights in a journal are tools to use when life seems in disarray, and solutions hard to find - changing disorder to the orderliness of love, caring, kindness.
Article by Susan Kramer; photo credit Stan Schaap
(1.) MedicineNet.com - http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=26296
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