Imagine what your life would be like now if you hadn’t experienced the positive events, and affirm them by doing this unique mental subtraction meditation.
We don’t often take a moment’s pause to consider how all of the positive events we’ve experienced have shaped the lives that we now lead. In contrast, when negative experiences occur in our lives, we tend to attach ourselves to them with great conviction. What if we switched this around? What if we allowed negative stories to be released, instead witnessing and focusing on the positive events that we have been blessed with? In this guided meditation, you will be guided to make mental subtractions that would have resulted from a particular positive event not having had occurred, enhancing gratitude and appreciation for whatever wonderful moment once happened.
As we practice mindfulness, we might become more inherently aware of any tendency we may have to focus on the negative. When we catch ourselves engaging in this type of mental activity, we can either, 1) return our attention to the simplicity of this present moment, or 2) compassionately redirect our attention to the positive, noting what we have to be grateful for. This type of gratitude practice increases our sense of inner peace and harmony as we begin to re-frame the stories we tell ourselves.
In addition to this guided meditation, there is a wealth of mindfulness exercises that can inspire peace, calm, and contentment within. In addition to guided meditations and mindfulness talks, we can further explore our inner world by using mindfulness worksheets that encourage us to take a deeper look at what moves through us.
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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]