Why practice Meditation, Mindfulness?

Just as our bodies require a good circulation of body fluids to eliminate toxins, our conscious minds can benefit from the conscious application of varieties of psychic circulation that stem from mindfulness and meditation practice. (to read more Click on the article Title)

As with our body a knotted muscle comes into your awareness as discomfort. We touch, then rub the area to stimulate circulation. Stimulated circulation removes the toxins causing the pain. Without extra circulation we risk the knotted muscle might stay that way. Maybe forever. If the pain gets bad enough, we do something about it, like going to a Doctor or Massage Therapist. But what about painful memories? What to do?

You are not special, all of us have suffered mental pain, called anguish. Those painful memories, along with the good ones, get stored in the “stored consciousness” section of our conscious memory.

When we revisit painful memories in the stored consciousness- when we see, read, speak or think of a past hurt, even when someone mentions it in conversation- it comes up into our conscious mind. Now it feels real again, ghosting up from the stored memories. We experience the same original hurtful emotions. This can be repeated over and over, causing true distress and illness. This process is also called “hanging on to resentment”.

Practising mindfulness and meditation is like practising massage to a knotted muscle of the body. It works on our stored consciousness of experiences. Mindfulness allows you to “be” with emotional pain without judgment, now, in the present moment.

Without the treatment of mindfulness, a mental knot can crystallize into a lump that is toxic to our larger consciousness. Practising mindfulness allows us to detect and transform the original hurt and, over time, to acknowledge it, then move on.

With mindfulness practice embracing the knots of anger, sadness and regret a bit at a time is like practising massage to a sore body. Mindfulness can create the type of energy that allows psychic pain to eventually dissolve, to be consciously flushed out.

I guide students in “Embracing Powerful Emotions” meditations and mindfulness. Our approach is gradual. If you get uncomfortable or scared in the practice, we pull back a bit. Then we go forward when you are ready. These are powerful things you can do to live better today, which improves your tomorrow.

Peace and Abundance to all.

Inviting Mindfulness to the House of Consciousness

see thru hseThink of our conscious mind as occupying a house. The ground floor living room is where we live consciously day to day, entertaining ourselves and friends. We like to be there.

Think of the basement as our ‘stored consciousness’…  a repository where we keep many unused things, including troublesome emotions from the past.

Troublesome emotions are stored dormant feelings, like seeds waiting for the right conditions to sprout. If we entertain these emotional seeds without conscious thinking, as if we should feed and water them, they do sprout, growing up through the basement ceiling. They show up in the living room as plants of anger, fear and resentments.

Untouched by our inventory, seeds of these old hurts gradually morph into snarled mutant seeds not resembling the originals. If we neglect to examine our inventory of seeds they further accumulate crystallized lumps of suffering. This is how stored consciousness affects our view of today and others in our living room.

The living room contains our ‘mind consciousness’. The living room is where we conduct our daily activities and enjoyments. The living room contains our conscious perception of what is going on around us, and how we interact with it. The living room contains today… what is here and now. Being present, aware in the moment is mindfulness.

Much goes on with everyone in the living room. Someone says or does something that touches a seed of fear, anger or jealousy in the stored consciousness in the basement. That touched seed awakens anew.

Mutant carrotSprouted, if we neglect or deny the basement sprouts, they grow into the living room,  showing up as revolting mutant plants not resembling the original.

If we allow them to spread, they infect us, spreading to the guests we have touched.

Now, everyone is suffering.

If we are mindful of this sprouted seed of negative energy from the stored consciousness (basement resentments) we can invite the energy of mindfulness to the living room, overcoming the invasive growth from the basement.

Applied mindfulness helps inventory which seed in the basement is causing the trouble, to dispose of it. Mindfulness allows us to refuse to feed or water the seeds we have failed to  examine. Mindfulness clears the living room of negativity and resentment, enabling enjoyment of life and happiness.

What’s in your “basement”?