The 3 Principles of Meditation - Part 1 Habit
There are many forms of meditation, from mindfulness meditation to mantra meditation, from Transcendental meditation to Vedic meditation, but which ever method you practice, all forms are based on 3 core principles.
These are the 3 fundamental foundations upon which any meditation practice must be built to reap success in terms of increased inner peace and positive benefits.
The first principle of meditation to discuss is that of Habituation.
To a great extent, meditation is the practice of developing the daily habit of thinking in rational, calm thought patterns.
We are not born with the established patterns of negative thinking and feeling that cause our suffering. These develop like ‘bad habits’ as the result of our childhood conditioning and modelling from the influences around us. Once thinking negatively and feeling bad, stressed or anxious becomes a ‘groove’ in our mind, the nervous system (because it’s designed to be a fast learner) gets better at what it practices the most. Bad habits of thinking and feeling begin to take on a life of their own.
From childhood onwards, without taking action to counter negative thinking, the natural development of the mind is that it becomes easier and easier to think negatively as the brain becomes slicker at practicing the habit. It becomes so practiced that it automatic i.e. you don’t consciously think about it, it’s happened under the surface before you have realised it. This can lead us human beings to that awful place of becoming cross with ourselves over negative thinking patterns we feel we can’t control.
The truth is while you can’t just ‘not think negatively’ by wishing for it, you can learn to control your mind by the practice of age old methods adapted for our modern lifestyle. These methods are seeing a current resurgence as neuroscience catches up with what yogis and meditation practitioners from ancient times already knew – meditation changes the brain in ways that bring more calm and inner peace to our lives. There are many other benefits also, including increased spiritual connectedness.
Meditation is taking the action to practice daily and re-habituate the mind to calm ways of thinking. By practicing meditation regularly, we begin to exercise the power of our mind to build the habit of calm and peaceful thought patterns which results in feelings of calm and inner peace. Every time we practice thinking calm peaceful thoughts we are reinforcing those calm neural pathways in the brain.
Watch out for upcoming blog posts detailing the other 2 fundamental principles of meditation.
If you are interested in learning Meditation in Chester on a one-to-one basis in private meditation sessions, or wish to be kept informed as to upcoming Chester Meditation classes and workshops, please do contact me to discuss, I’d be delighted to help .
Dr Emma Rae Rhead
Medical Hypnotherapist, Meditation Teacher
Safe,Effective Chester Hypnotherapy and Chester Meditation and Tuition