As mentioned in my previous post, Strengthening Our Inner Potentiality, sometimes we may have several negative, judgemental thoughts about ourselves which hinder us from accomplishing what we want in life. It can be quite a work in progress to make each thought disappear. One way which is very effective is the practice of meditation. Meditation though often thought of in connection with Eastern Religion is getting a resurgence in Christianity as well. If you are a Christian and are unsure if meditation is right for you, click here to read about the Christian path of meditation. Meditation can help by replacing each negative thought with its equal, opposite positive thought. To begin with, you choose a centering thought which you would like to adopt to your psyche. Each centering thought is like a member of the Cavalry arriving to your rescue and chasing away every negative thought you have.
For instance, if the negative thought you are wishing to get rid of is, ‘I am unlovable’, then choose a centering thought such as, ‘I love and I am loved unconditionally.’ * If your negative thought is, ‘I can’t do this. I am not strong enough’, then your centering thought might be, ‘I can do all things through God who strengthens me’. If your negative thought is, ‘I am ugly’, then choose a centering thought such as,’I am beautifully made by the Loving Creator’. The important thing is to choose the words which work best for you.
If you choose to use a mantra during your meditation, you can choose one which further aids in your adoption of positive affirmations. A mantra is a word or phrase you repeat silently to yourself to help you stay focus and keep your mind from wandering. It is a word, that brings peace and edification during your meditation practice. You can choose one of the many Sanscrit mantras which are beautiful or if you prefer a Christian mantra such as one of the ones below:
- Agape-the Greek word for unconditional love
- Amen- So be it
- Maranatha- Lord, come
- Adonai-Elohim-Hebrew for Lord God
- Shalom-Hebrew for Peace
- Barukh Atah Adonai- Hebrew for Blessed are you Lord
- Peace. Be Still.
Your mantra may be a word which is a biblical reference or concept or a spiritual one which encompasses all religious persuasions. Choose a word which helps you in staying focus.
1. Sit in a comfortable upright position. You can choose to have pillows to keep you propped up comfortably. Don’t lie down as you may fall asleep.
2. Close your eyes and begin to observe your breath. Note that you are simply observing your breath and not trying to alter it.
3. Smile gently. You are here to acquire healing through positive affirmations.
4. While still observing your breath, introduce your centering thought (e.g. ‘I love and I am loved unconditionally’). Repeat your chosen centering thought to yourself slowly and thoughtfully several times. Keep observing your breath.
5. You may now choose to introduce your mantra. Repeat the mantra several times and then go back to focusing on your centering thought (e.g. ‘Agape’ Say it slowly: Ah-ga-pey). However, if you find your mind starts to wander, don’t panic just go back to the mantra and repeat the mantra several times to regain focus.
6. Continue to observe your breath, smile, relax and be receptive to God’s voice. Where you end your meditation is up to you. When you feel ready, slowly open your eyes, smile and remind yourself again of your centering thought. Recall this thought throughout the day. The thought is your affirmation for the day. It is now incorporated as part of your new belief system.
*Centering thought from: 21 Centering Thoughts From Deepak Chopra