Three times this week I have heard the advice about not giving negative thoughts room in your head, and it’s only Wednesday! Twice this came round in discussions about using meditation techniques to prevent the negative thoughts taking hold of your mind and so preventing the trains of thought that often follow a negative idea, which if unchecked can spiral out of control. At worst turning a single negative thought into a bad day or depressive episode.
Yesterday, I was reading Joanna Watters astrology newsletter and she commented on the full moon on Sunday. This full moon falls in emotional Pisces which means it could be a time of emotional upset or turmoil for many. However if you have the tools to work with, you can prevent negative emotions and feelings from ruining your day. Meditation gives us these tools: by practicing regularly we can learn to re-focus our mind when any thought pops in, so why can’t we do this with specific types of thoughts, ie negative ones? We can, and better still, we can learn to steer ourselves away from those thoughts that are going to make us unhappy. We can learn to pick and choose what thoughts we allow into our heads.
Of course, there are times we need to address negative issues but what’s to say we can’t decide when is an appropriate time to deal with this, not just when our mind feels like it – but that is a whole other topic and blog post!
As we practice meditation we can learn to identify when our mind has wandered away from the object of our meditation and by doing this regularly we can create a habit of noticing when our mind has been distracted by thoughts that are not to do with the task in hand. Once we’ve noticed this distraction we can then choose to bring the mind back. For example: whilst writing this post my mind has tried to wander off to my to do list or what photo will look good next to this post, but as I become aware that I am thinking of something that is not to do with the subject of this writing (ie when I’ve lost my train of thought) I bring it back to how I want to phrase the next line. Today is a good day and my mind is fairly well focused, but some days it’s a proper monkey mind and I’m forever pulling it back (and that’s only when I’ve noticed it’s been off elsewhere) – it could be luck that today is a good day, or it could be because I’ve been practicing watching my mind and an beginning to create the habit of focusing on one task at a time.
Come Sunday’s full moon I will be watching my mind closely. I already had plans in the diary to spend the day with friends, and with a busy rest of the weekend I know it would usually be an emotionally trying time for me. Now that I am for-warned and have the tools, I am confident I will get through this much more easily than I might have done before.
So, was it just coincidence that I have repeatedly heard this advice, at this time or a pertinent warning from my guides or angels to be on my guard and to look out for myself? I know many who would dismiss the latter in an instant but I feel there are just too many coincidences not to have some significance. I’d love to hear your views on this, please leave me a comment on here or on social media @medullaspace
Much love and light