Your mind is both active and creative. Though you may not always be aware of your mental activities, your mind is likely doing what it does best-think. Like a computer program, your mind is running some applications on the forefront of your monitor, which means you are aware of them. Other thoughts are running in the background-these programs are hidden in your subconscious. These subconscious programs impact your daily life by dictating your core beliefs.
Many Eastern religions define meditation as the art of not thinking. Conversely, in the West, meditation commonly suggests the act of thinking and rethinking about a subject matter to achieve higher levels of awareness of the subject. Behind every program running in your mind is a positive intention even if it doesn’t produce positive results. When you find yourself incessantly thinking about a problem, it is because you are trying to solve the problem. Despite what the solution is, it virtually eliminates the problem, stimulating the feeling of a positive state of being. Your hidden meditations are either serving you wellness or dis-ease. The Bible teaches that you become the thoughts you hold most deeply. Descartes made famous the phrase, “I think therefore I am.” About four hundred years before Christ, Socrates proclaimed, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates believed that a person could grow in wisdom by examining their own life. How do you uncover your hidden meditation? A way to clarify what’s in your head is to investigate what’s showing up in your life. Check out these five indicators of hidden meditation that are impacting you and all you love.
1. Things that easily grab your attention
- Dis-ease impact – You regularly notice the negative and find what’s wrong and not working. You fixate and ruminate over what seems broken and ineffective allowing it to impede your productivity.
- Wellness impact – You notice things that are positive, interesting, and good. You often see the beauty and effectiveness in unlikely places like in things or people who are often overlooked. You don’t let the challenges of life overshadow the greatness within your reach.
2. The focus of your daydreams
- Dis-ease impact – you spend time imagining what could go wrong. You worry about adverse circumstances that could hurt you and disrupt your life. You get easily paranoid about matters of which you are unaware or don’t understand.
- Wellness impact – you have moments of inspired introspection which lead to creative, new ideas. You experience moments of spontaneous gratitude for the gifts in your life regardless of their intrinsic value. You imagine your role in enhancing the quality of all life.
3. The types of conversations you have
- Dis-ease impact – you often communicate by fault finding and judging. You tend to be problem focussed in your conversations. This results in hypersensitivity to hearing criticism. Through your conversations you direct your attention and the attention of others to what you think is wrong.
- Wellness impact – you are intentional about being powerfully present in your conversations by listening to the intention of the speaker’s message. You are attentive to the stated and unstated needs. You take time to put your opinion aside first to acknowledge what others say. You clarify your interpretation of what was said. You take time to make sure the other person gets the experience of being heard. Your conversations are solution driven.
4. Your energy level
- Dis-ease impact – you create the habit of worrying and stressing such that you don’t get enough quality sleep. You are often drained well before the end of the day. You may find yourself dozing off instead of being productive. Just thinking about what you need to do tires and frustrates you even before you begin working.
- Wellness impact – you are often filled with excitement about taking on your day. Though you may experience some fatigue at the end of the day, this is due to expanding positive energy and being productive. You can reach sufficient and restorative levels of sleep. Your lower levels of stress and anxiety allow you to be more active and engaging. Your inspiration is attractive and contagious-maybe even addictive!
5. How you react to the unexpected
- Dis-ease impact – You tend to perceive unexpected events as unwelcome disruptions that tailspin you into a bad mood often for the rest of the day. You may resist change because you experience change as a dying of the old way.
- Wellness impact – You accept the inevitable, occasional and unexpected events that show up in your day. Instead of sending a surge of cortisol (stress hormone) through your avatar, you embrace the opportunity to flex and grow your creative problem-solving skills.