Whoever said the quote in the image above, was inadvertently encouraging people to meditate. Sometimes when you focus on what you shouldn’t do, you do exactly that, like hit the tree with your frisbee. So it seems counterproductive to tell someone, “don’t think”, “don’t wonder”, “don’t imagine”, and “don’t obsess”. Won’t this cause them to do just those things?
What happens when you tell someone to “clear their mind”?
- clear your mind
- find the stillness within
- focus on only love
Sometimes a reminder of what NOT to do, is just as important as what TO do. If that someone you told to “clear their mind” is anything like me, they will try but then all the thoughts come in. We need a guide to remind us of what we shouldn’t be doing.
If you are at all familiar with meditating, you will know that you can find hundreds of guided meditations. Generally these are positive imagery, “Imagine a light radiating from your heart.”, sorts of things. I’m all for this, but what about that little disconnect between imagining the light and every day life? The moments when you are so overwhelmed and consumed by something frustrating, that focusing on “nothing” is nearly impossible?
How do you focus on the void between the trees, when those trees are in technicolor and smacking you with their branches?
It’s easy. First we BREATHE, and then we must give these trees our attention. In order to make peace with the trees we must acknowledge that they are there, and they are hurting us with their branches. The trees won’t stop unless we tell them their behavior is annoying us, that their technicolor glow is blinding our eyes from seeing the path we should be on. When we have done all we can to acknowledge the trees, we can tell our brains to stop thinking about them, to not wonder what the trees are doing, to not obsess over the trees, to not even imagine the trees exist.
That’s our “Aha” moment.
We’ve let the trees go. They have vanished into the great beyond. Now we can shift our perspective to the radiating light. Now the “clear mind” seems possible, right? Now we can focus our faith on manifesting the BEST!