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Old 26-09-2018, 04:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Waverider
Thanks gem. I can see that you are quite experienced at this. Can you tell me, frankly, if regular meditation helps in reducing negative thoughts?

Yes, meditation does reduce negative thoughts, but feelings of aversion and dislike toward thoughts is, in itself, negativity, so ceasing any adverse feelings toward negative thoughts is key to resolving such thought patterns.

The fundamental practice is to remain still in yourself no matter what happens. If negativity arises, the meditation is to remain calmly unaffected and completely neutral. With practice, thoughts lose their power to affect you and become less important, and they affect you even less. Eventually they no longer have the power to disturb you at all by making you react adversely toward these thoughts, and because you have no adverse reaction, or negativity toward negativity, the cycle of negativity is ended.

In my personal practice I am not concerned with thought, so if my mind is somehow agitated or otherwise generating negativity, I return to feeling my breath, which means I don't give any importance to the negative mind. The thoughts and feelings are passing and they can't actually disturb me.
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Originally Posted by RadiantPearl
I can never get as deep as Id like. It feels like Im being blocked in some manner. Any tips on how I can further assist myself in meditation so I can relax and open up to any positivity I may be trying to reach? Im not sure if there is much.
I try to meditate an hour everyday and I still face the problem you mentioned.

I think everybody face the problem of negative thoughts or distraction especially in the initial stage. I do agree that observing your thought as a 3rd party is very helpful method.

However, in my humble opinion, what really helped me is when I changed my everyday lifestyle by clearing attachments from my mind. Our mind become clearer and more suitable for meditation when we are free from such distractions.
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