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Meditation creates a shift in our conscious perception of the world. It allows us to be more in-tuned with our internal worlds, becoming aware of previously unconscious thoughts and emotions that led to automatic behaviors. It’s suddenly a whole lot easier to enjoy the present moment.
To provide an analogy, meditation allows us to look at the mirror (i.e. objectively observing thoughts and mental activity) without looking in the mirror and being caught up in our own internal movie. Or, to use another analogy, we are observing the washing machine from the outside, rather than being inside with the chaotic swirl of clothes.
Essentially what is happening when we meditate is that we are gaining control of our minds. One might think, But I already control my mind. By sitting down and observing our thoughts, it becomes clear that they appear out of nowhere. Our subconscious mind generates thoughts and emotions that come into conscious awareness and then spur us into action or cause anxiety about the past or future. Subconscious thoughts and emotions can lead to self-destructive behaviors. Meditation involves decoupling conscious experience from urges or unintended thoughts. We take control of our minds, overcome the brain’s negativity bias, and what follows is a feeling of serenity and joy.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]