Meditation. The answer to life’s problems?

I realize it has been a long time since I last posted. And some of my regular readers probably thought I had fallen off the face of the earth. No blog posts, no social media, etc. And while it is true that I have taken a holiday from social media (for various reasons which I will discuss in an upcoming blog), I’ve actually been very busy with multiple endeavors.  During this time, I have read nearly twenty books, watched countless documentaries and have become an ardent meditator. In fact, even though I have been doing meditation for years now, I upped my game in the past year by consuming an enormous amount of information in order to fully understand it and use it to better my life. And, it has done so immeasurably.

If you have never meditated, or don’t really know what it is, let me say that it is not what you think it is. You do not need to wear a robe and grow a beard. You do not need to chant or burn incense. And, most important for those who are not limber; you do not have to sit in a lotus position on the floor. There’s nothing saying you can’t, but there’s no rule which says you must. Meditation is quieting your mind, relaxing your body and getting yourself into a “zone” so-to-speak (I’ll spare you all the scientific, neurological terms). When you reach this zone, you are relaxed to a point where you forget about your physical body and focus purely on thought. It is here where you begin to become aware of and unravel the multitudes of “thought forms” and “beliefs” which are embedded into your subconscious mind. In essence, these are the causes of all of that chatter we have in our heads, such as “I cannot do this”, “I’ll never succeed at this”, or the rampant fear, anxiety, guilt, unworthiness, victimization, etc. thoughts and beliefs which rear their head, daily, in the lives of most people.

The first thing to understand is that our brain is like a computer. It runs based upon the thoughts, beliefs and feelings we continuously think which, after thinking time and time again, become an automatic subconscious program. You can compare them to background programs running on our computers.  There could be a great number of them running in your subconscious and you have no idea they are even there.  You see, our brains work the same to learn any skill or develop any habit. If we think, do or feel something over and over, our brain will form new neural pathways (think circuitry), and literally wire ourselves to automatically think, react, feel and respond to something. And once it is in the subconscious, it responds without our conscious mind even realizing it. It is the same for any skill, practice or behavior you have learned and committed to memory.

Hopefully I haven’t lost you yet. Take a moment and re-read the last few paragraphs. The next question is, how did those negative thoughts get there? Well, frankly, we allowed them there. How, you ask? Well, what most do not realize is that the first six or seven years of a child’s life are their imprinting years. Their brain waves are at a different frequency than those of adults. They also lack a fully-formed pre-frontal lobe, so they have no analytical skills at all. They see, hear and experience things and it gets absorbed into their subconscious for the long-term. In fact, the Jesuits have a saying which says, “Give me a child for its first seven years and I’ll show you the man”. This is a notion we have known for years. But it is not until we grow older when all of these thoughts begin to wreak their havoc.

Are you still with me? Good! Because this is information and knowledge which enhances and changes peoples’ lives for the better. You see, we each think about seventy to eighty thousand thoughts per day. But, we are unaware of about ninety percent of them. Instead, all of these embedded, background programs are pretty much running our lives and most of us have no idea. These are the beliefs which shape our view of the world. These are the thoughts, ideas and feelings which interfere with our ability to be who we dream we can be. We have accepted all of them so much that they remain and take over every time we are primed by a specific thought, word, person, song, idea, fragrance, etc. People are walking around miserable, sick, stressed out, panic and anxiety-stricken all because of these deeply embedded beliefs.

Assuming I have not lost you, here is the good news. You can reprogram your subconscious mind. You can replace these negative thoughts which inhibit you and hold you hostage with new, loving, abundant, peace-filled beliefs and create the life of your dreams. And meditation is the vehicle we use to do so!

I will not say it is easy. If you have years and years of negative beliefs, it will take time to identify them and consciously focus upon their demise. It is a skill, and like any skill, you need to practice. But, it will begin to change you in ways you could never imagine. Some people change quickly. Others may take years. But, it does not mean you are not experiencing the benefits along the way. You will.

Obviously there is a great deal more to this than what I wrote. And one of the things I would like to announce to you all is that I am starting meditation lectures at my gym every Saturday and Sunday at 11AM, starting tomorrow and continuing until Sunday, February 2. They are free and open to the public. But wait, there’s more! The advances which meditation has afforded me have been more than anything I ever would have thought possible. There are far more ramifications and techniques, along with the development of abilities I won’t even mention to you now. So I will be back in action with regular posts on this and the accompanying subjects, as well as a podcast in which I will discuss these topics so listeners can learn and experience the life changing impacts of meditation. I’ll also bring everyone up-to-date on the PLEASE Program and other exciting things on the horizon! Stay tuned!

Until the next time, have a wonderful day and weekend! You ARE the Captain of your ship; if you take control of your mind!

BTW. If you are local and wish to come to the lectures, they are at Retro Fitness. 170 Schuyler Ave. North Arlington. Bring a lawn chair, unless you do not mind sitting on the floor. It’s n the Yoga room.