“You are your thoughts, all that arises, arises from our thoughts, We make the world with our thoughts. – Buddha.”

Would you like to know how to be aware and live each day consciously? There is a Hindu story about a man, lost in a forest, who, late in the night, comes across an abandoned house. When he enters the one-room building, he sees a small cot highlighted by the light of the moon. 

As he lays down to rest, he notices in the dim light, a chair in the far corner, and on the chair – a small coil – a snake. 

The stranger stays as quiet and motionless as possible. Several times he thought the snake was beginning to slither and hiss – his heart pumps faster and faster – he has trouble breathing.

At dawn, the owner of the house returns and finds the stranger dead. He removes the coil of rope from the chair and goes about preparing the body for cremation.

That may be an extreme example, but the story illustrates the power of our thoughts – we are what we think and many people think the worst. 

Much of the problem is caused by the blanket of negativity that covers us every day of our lives  – the doom-n-gloom boom in today’s media, social media feeds, pessimistic family or friends, unenthusiastic colleagues, and the worst source of all – ourselves. 

A recent study in the United States shows that Americans spend three days out of ten in a bad mood – all that negativity. 

Another study finds that Americans are the most stressed people in the world! Another study finds that the average U.S. adult wakes up grumpy 300 days a year! In addition to this, a study finds that the average American has 60 bad days a year!

Bad moods, stressed, grumpy, and bad days? Is that how you want to live your life? Is this what we want our overall life story to be about? More importantly, can we choose better?

Of course, we can!! The problem is we never take the time to be aware of our thoughts, we allow the river of negativity to constantly flow through our minds. We must change this if we want a higher quality of life.

Meditation can help alleviate our suffering. What is meditation?

What is meditation? Meditation is a practice that can help you learn to focus your mind on one thing while quieting the rest of it. 

There are many different kinds of meditation and ways to practice it, but they all involve some combination of breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, and positive thinking. 

Meditation has been used for centuries as a way to slow down the mind, hone concentration skills and reduce stress levels. 

It’s also been shown to improve self-awareness, empathy, and even happiness levels in those who practice it regularly—and even just once or twice can make a difference!

You might be wondering what meditation is, and why you should consider trying it. 

To be honest, you don’t have to do anything else in life except eat, sleep and breathe if you don’t want to. 

That said, there are some benefits that come from practicing meditation on a regular basis.

  • Meditation reduces stress
  • Meditation improves mental clarity
  • Meditation improves focus

What types of meditation are there?

There are many different types of meditation, although they all have the same goal: to bring you peace and relaxation. 

Some of the most popular forms are Vipassana, Mindfulness, Transcendental, Kundalini, Chakra, and Buddhist meditation. Some other types include Christian meditation; Jewish meditation; Taoist meditation; Sufi meditation.

How can we use meditation for more awareness?

Meditation is a great way to calm the mind and body. It helps us to focus, concentrate, and be more present in life. It can also improve our mental toughness by training our minds to deal with difficult situations better. 

Meditation helps us relax by calming down the nervous system, which lowers stress levels throughout the body. 

Finally, it teaches us how to manage emotions like anger or sadness before they get out of control and hurt ourselves or others around us. 

Our thoughts not only determine who we are but also what we can be. We are bombarded by negativity from many sources during our waking hours, so much so, that we accept negative thoughts as the norm and pay little attention to the fact that negativity controls our lives. 

The first step in changing negative thought to positive thought is to be aware of what we are thinking. Meditation helps us do this by separating our thoughts from our experiences.

As an observer, we can see that we do not have to remain attached to our thoughts. We can observe them and feel our emotions pass like waves or bubbles.

Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is a powerful practice that can help you become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and self-knowledge.

It can also help you become more focused and improve your mental toughness.

Meditation can also increase your awareness of feelings and how to better manage them.

Most of the benefits have been scientifically proven for years.

Through daily practice and mindfulness, we can increase our level of awareness and expand our range of consciousness.

Meditation helps us to become more focused and aware of our thoughts, emotions, and visualizations. 

Through daily practice and mindfulness, we can increase our level of awareness and expand our range of consciousness.

Meditation is a great way to become more self-aware by focusing on internal experiences like emotions and visualizations. 

By paying attention to what you think about regularly throughout the day (i.e., an upcoming event), meditation can help you notice when those thoughts are negative or unrealistic—such as worrying about something that may never happen—and replace them with more productive ones instead.

If you’ve never tried meditation before, we recommend that you start with a simple guided visualization or breathing exercise. You can also set up a regular practice of doing something in silence, such as walking or being still. The important thing is that you do it every day and with intention!

Take the first step… toward greater awareness and consciousness…

The first step in building a dam to stop this flow of negative thought is to be aware of your thoughts – you must make a determined effort to take notice when you think in the negative. 

To help you become more aware of your negative thinking, for several days – carry a notepad and pencil and jot down all your negative thoughts – find out how many times your thought process has to deal with negativity during your waking hours – if you are honest in your note-taking, you will likely be surprised and alarmed.

Once you have taken this first step to being aware of your negative thoughts, you can use the art of visualization as the cement to hold the negativity dam together – with visualization you’re setting up a powerful see and think one-two punch for positive thinking.

For example – if you’re at your computer as you read this, look down at your keyboard. First, zero into the delete key. – focus hard – burn the picture of the delete key into your mind. 

Think about deleting negative thoughts. Next, focus on the control key on your computer keyboard – control for taking control of your life.

“Use the theater of your mind to help you switch from negative to positive. Remember, be aware of your thoughts then control them through visualization – repetition and persistence is the key to positive thinking. We become what we believe.” – Sanskrit proverb