Think – Day 25 – The little hinges that swing the massive door of your entire life.
So, has your understanding of meditation shifted this month?
Are you clear on how simple it is do it, and why it’s so important?
Here’s a quick final review of the four simple steps…it’s good to review and simplify because it’s easy to overcomplicate it in our mind or forget.
- Sit in a quiet place in a comfortable position.
- Close your eyes, relax, and breathe through your nose.
- With each exhale think your preferred one syllable word to yourself. Count up to 10 if you like.
- Continue for 10 to 20 minutes, and with a passive attitude gently bring your focus back to your breath and your word each time you become aware of your mind wandering.
If you have not found peace or joy in meditation practice yet this month, don’t give up!
I mentioned briefly on day 2 that I like to listen to soft background of baroque classical music sometimes.
Well, I find myself doing this almost every time I meditate actually, and I listen to the same 6 song playlist every single time.
It lasts for 17 minutes and it always enhances the feeling of peace for me and makes meditation something I greatly look forward to.
Some may not love music as much while meditating…but for me it is amazing. It needs to be the right music though.
That’s why I choose Baroque Classical specifically.
It just tends to be light and happy feeling music. Every time I listen to Baroque music I feel better.
Some of the more famous composers of the baroque period are Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Pachelbel.
You can use spotify.com for free to search for and listen to baroque music, or download 5 or 6 songs you really love on amazon music or iTunes…whatever works best.
Then simply put them in a playlist on your device with a total time of 15-20 minutes.
Another bonus of this approach is you don’t have to think about the time while meditating, you can just completely relax and focus on your breath and your one word.
I’d love to hear your experience if you try out background music while meditating.
Now, as we wrap up this month’s focus on the pillar of THINK – we’re going to use the remaining little time we have to continue our focus on ‘purposeful thinking’.
The topic of the last couple days…flooding our minds with the thoughts we want to be thinking.
Creating the life we want to create consciously – feeding our powerful minds healthy thought nutrients.
We could easily spend a month on this topic alone, but I will attempt this week to give you a solid foundation to build forward on.
Here’s a thought from the amazing Zig Ziglar: “A human being goes through life thinking and doing. Then they usually do what they think about most of the time.”
This is true…so how important is it to consciously direct what thoughts your mind entertains?
“I want to remind you that you were born to win. I also want to remind you that you are what you are and where you are because of what’s gone into your mind, but you can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.”
“Your thinking drives your choices. Choices determine the action you take, and action produces the results of your life.” – Zig Ziglar
Though it’s indirect, your thinking is responsible for all of your results.
Installing the habits of reading empowering words, repeating truthful affirmations, meditating to strengthen our thought focusing power…
…all of these are powerful ways to change the inputs to your mind.
“It truly pays to watch closely what and how you think. Our thinking really does drive our character.”
“Frank Outlaw expressed the power of our thoughts this way:
- “Watch your thoughts; they become words.
- Watch your words; they become actions.
- Watch your actions; they become habits.
- Watch your habits; they become character.
- Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny!”
“The point I want to make here is that your character truly does become your destiny, because your character determines your future. And your character is largely formed by how you see yourself in relationship to God and other people.” – Zig Ziglar
The most important point here that went unspoken is this:
Your entire experience in life hinges on your thoughts!
It’s been said, “Little hinges swing big doors.”
Your thoughts hold up and swing your entire life!
In every month of this ‘5 Minute Mental Mastery’ program it is the ‘thinking’ that is the critical first step to creating the essential habits that determine your destiny.
That’s why we spend time daily discussing the beliefs and the ‘why’ behind the habit.
So keep meditating every day!
That is how you improve at ‘watching your thoughts’, which is the most critical first step to everything you want to create in your life.
Make Today Amazing!