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Four principles to training your mind to calm down

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“We meditate, developing mindfulness, developing concentration, and after a while we begin to wonder -“When is the discernment going to come”? “When are the insights going to come”?

Training your mind to calm down begins a process of being able to recognize your ‘blind spots’ of negative behavior. Once you’ve begun to calm your mind with your everyday mindfulness practice, you’ll start to be able to identify harmful stress and anxiety-creating patterns of behavior. Before calming the mind, you’re traveling through life with dulled senses. Lots of things are happening “behind the scenes” (in the mind), but you can’t detect them because you’re not tuned correctly to your mind.

Here are four principles to training your mind to see ‘your blind spots’, cultivate discernment and reduce your stress: Be aware to judge your actions and not yourself. When you learn to separate your sense of self from your action, you will be more willing to admit your mistakes to yourself and be less defensive when other people point them out to you.

Exercise mindfulness in the original meaning of the term – keep something in mind. Mindfulness develops the strength to remember the lessons you have learned, what works and what doesn’t. It is natural for us to want to forget our mistakes and mindfulness brings your awareness repeatedly to remembering your lessons, learning from your mistakes and being able to develop a healthier attitude towards self-growth.

As you begin to apply the lessons you have learned you discover the third principle of discernment – when you recognize your mistakes and act on them, you really do make a difference for yourself and the world you live in. The present moment is not so arbitrarily new that lessons from yesterday are useless today. And the last principle is that you learn how to benefit from the discernments of others.

Without mindfulness we cannot develop our powers of discernment and self-progression in a healthy way.
*Next Week – Why do we worry so much?*

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The wisdom of mindfulness and Depression

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When looking at depression we must look to our minds first: our mind is the creator of happiness and the creator of sadness.

There are many aspects of the mind but two stand out. The first is the ordinary mind: this aspect of the mind that thinks, plots, desires, manipulates, that flares up in anger, that creates and indulges in waves of negative emotions and thoughts, that has to go on and on asserting, validating and confirming its ‘existence’ by fragmenting, conceptualizing and solidifying experiences. This aspect of mind continually projects outwards.

And then there is the nature of mind: this aspect of the mind is hidden deep within our own mind. Enveloped and obscured by the mental scurry of our thoughts and emotions. It is free of grasping, asserting, validating and confirming. It is the part of mind that is at peace. When we look inwards we will see that the mind can free you from your negative emotions and thoughts. Looking inwards will create a complete shift in our attitude towards our life and the world we live in.

We are so addicted to looking outside ourselves that we have lost access to our inner being. This aspect of ourselves that has the potential to recognize peace and find freedom from our chaos. Mindfulness practice will slowly teach you to settle down, learn how to work with your mind and guide you towards peace. You will be able to change your mind from a depressed state to a calm state.

Daily mindfulness practice is an uncovering process – a way of meeting ourselves personally. Mindfulness allows you to discover that potential is one of the fundamental characteristics within us and we can gain a deeper sense of understanding ourselves and creating peace of mind. Your mind becomes the most powerful tool you have!

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Getting started with mindfulness and letting go of your depression

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Recognizing that you can train your mind to calm down begins the process of overcoming your depressed state of mind. In order to gain wisdom in overcoming your sadness or depression it is important to recognize how valuable your life is! Every human life is a gift and recognizing this begins a valuable process to gaining peace of mind and ultimately happiness!

Depression can be worked on in mindfulness meditation. Learning to become mindful is a big step. Mindfulness gives you better perspective of what is happening in the present moment. You want to begin your process of understanding by noticing what triggers your sadness and/or depression? This includes looking back over what might have been the cause and condition. By understanding the ongoing cause, you will be able to remove the cause. Frustration, dissatisfaction and fear can be a cause and they can keep the mind depressed and searching endlessly.

Practicing mindfulness allows you to recognize the moment your sadness or depression starts to arise. The moment you ‘catch yourself in the act’ of sadness, start to train your mind to let this sad thought go. Learn to breathe through your sadness or negative thought. Breathing consciously with the whole body focused on the ongoing rhythm of breath in and out, will calm the body and in turn will calm the mind. The more attention given to your breathing, the less attention is available to fuel your sadness or depression.

This sounds good in theory but how can this practice really change your depression? Slowly the wisdom of calming your mind guides you and you start to see how your mind can change from a depressed state to a calm state. You start to see how identifying your harmful patterns of thought, training your mind to calm down, will bring a positive state of mind.

Next week – The wisdom of mindfulness and Depression

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