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“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.”
– Micheal Singer
Mindfulness lesson: finding the neutral mind or third eye
The neutral mind = the third eye = the center of your head
The center of your head is just above the eyebrows and right behind the temples. Touch the tip of one index finger right above your eyebrows and the other in the middle of the top of your head. The place where those points would intersect is the center of your head
Finding and spending time in your neutral mind is a technique that’s especially helpful in times of emotional conflict or great intensity. It centers your mind and allows you to respond thoughtfully rather than have a knee-jerk reaction to difficult situations.
Humans have 60,000-80,000 thoughts per day. But most thoughts are completely non-productive. Being in the center of your head allows you to stop being held captive to your thoughts. Allow your thoughts to pass by. Observe them from a neutral mindset. Embrace thoughts that have a positive impact in your life. Move away from harsh internal dialogue.
Thoughts change your body chemistry. The cells in our bodies are constantly changing. We influence this with many different factors, such as positive thinking, healthy food choices, and exercise. Of course, stress, negativity, and divisiveness also play a large role in our body chemistry and emotional metabolism.
Being in the center of our heads allows us to see things with greater clarity and perspective. Witnessing your life and looking at your life and circumstances from a neutral place creates less judgment and actually opens you to creativity. It allows you to let go of assessment, which takes up a lot of mental space.
When you slow down, you’re able to observe your life with less fear; the fear of what might happen can be much more anxiety-provoking than what might ultimately happen. Observing life from a neutral space can give you refuge during difficult times.
Practice leaning out of internal or external conflict.
Notice the thoughts you tend to attach to. Also notice the thoughts that you feel held captive to.
Conflict is captivating. Practice pulling your attention gently away from conflict. If you have no control over the situation, practice letting it go. Move toward what you have control over in the present moment.
If there’s something you have to focus on that’s causing stress, plan a time to focus on it. Then give yourself permission not to think about it outside of those planned times. For example, if you need to focus on your finances, be it budgeting, applying for loan assistance, or filing for unemployment during these uncertain times, plan specific times to do those things. Once you’re done, let yourself really be done until your next scheduled time to focus on finances.
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