Each of us has an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts per day. Many of them are reruns of yesterday’s, last week’s, and last year’s news! The mind tends to contain us in repetitive thought patterns that squeeze out the possibility for new ideas and inspiration. This makes it difficult to stay focused and productive in the present.
For most people, meditation seems intimidating. The idea of sitting cross-legged in the yoga position on a cushion in a quiet room, with the intention of emptying their busy mind of endless thoughts and worries, would be equal to asking them to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro!
We have what neuroscientists refer to as a “negativity bias”. This is a tendency to pay more attention to negative experiences than to positive ones due to a survival instinct that
developed in our ancestors millions of years ago. This instinct enabled them to avoid
attacks by predators.
These survival genes have been passed on to our current generations, who now have a neurological legacy wired with the propensity to get stuck in conditioned patterns of thinking. These thoughts are returning over and over again resulting in limitation, stress, and ailments such as anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.
Everyday life is so hectic, full of tasks and responsibilities; few people feel they have time to
breathe deeply…let alone hang out in silent contemplation. Even if they did have a few minutes to spare, the goal of sitting still and quieting the mind is far reaching to accomplish. 2
Good news! We can avoid this limiting focus and downward spiral. More…