STEP OUT OF THINKING

Here’s something about meditation and stepping out of thinking. We have all experienced how thoughts can be fun, bothersome, oh yes, the whole range of thoughts! Most of us have the same thoughts today as yesterday and the day before. Most of them tend to be negative and they can become very addictive. Stepping out of thinking several times a day is a good idea for stopping unhelpful streams of thoughts happening on repeat.

Thoughts have a lot of power. They can change our mood and take us from a good situation to a bad one, the opposite, and often totally overwhelm us. As have been shown by scientists, thoughts, emotions and sensations in the body are all linked. Scientists have also proven that thoughts carry an electric charge and emotions a magnetic charge. It is pretty amazing that we are emitting energy as we think and feel… Thoughts help create our reality and that’s why I believe it is important to become aware of what thoughts go through our head on a daily basis.

Here is where meditation comes in. Meditation is a great practice for 1) becoming aware of thoughts and 2) creating space between thoughts. That is, stepping out of thinking. Although thoughts come and go, a few seconds of no thought is like pressing a pause button where everything is fine. I guess you have experienced moments when you felt super alive, peaceful or full of joy? Maybe you did not associate such moments with very little or no thinking but that is what those moments were.

One conscious breath in and one conscious breath out is a form of meditation. This means that you can step out of thinking by bringing awareness to your breathing. When you give your attention fully to one breath coming in and one breath going out it is not possible to think at the same time. You have stepped out of thinking and you are in the present moment. You have created a space between thoughts. You have opened for more clarity!

Bringing your awareness to your breath several times a day benefits everything: Your mind, your body, your breathing, your health, your life. I hope you feel tempted to give it a try.

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Annette Wiik

My name is Annette. I am a Yoga Academy Certified Teacher (BWY-Accredited School) and started practising Hatha Yoga over 20 years ago. Holding a certificate from Bangor University to teach mindfulness-based courses, I incorporate my knowledge of mindfulness meditation in all my yoga classes. I have two grown-up children and live in Wimbledon.