Learn to Mediate
Day 2 – Observing your thoughts

What’s your breathing like right now? Are you breathing deeply? My wife and I remind each other to breathe deeply all the time, especially after another driver just cut one of us off. It’s something I continue to practice, even after 7 years of meditation. It’s no different for this next technique I’m going to share with you.

Observing your thoughts

If I asked you to look at a pencil, you could see that pencil, and therefore, you’d know that that pencil is not you, right? It’s the same with anything else you can observe as being outside of yourself. However, we often identify ourselves with the thoughts we are having. Here’s how to escape from that.

  1. Find a quiet space and get comfortable. Sit or lie down. Whatever makes you comfortable.
  2. Starting by breathing in deeply and exhaling long.
  3. Notice any thoughts that may be going through your mind. Just observe them as they arise.
  4. Each time a thought arises, say to yourself, “I am observing this thought, therefore, I am not my thoughts.”
  5. When you’re ready, slowly open your eyes.

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Recognizing that you are not your thoughts is simple, yet powerful. Before I started meditating, I would have a thought, and I would identify with that thought. I would think, “I must be a terrible person to have such a thought. I’m worthless. I’m unworthy of God’s love.” But when I started practicing meditation, I was amazed to discover that I was not my thoughts. I experience thoughts, but those thoughts do not dictate who I am. Becoming free from your thoughts in this way is your first step in meditation and in healing.

Deepen your experience

Practice this technique any time you have a thought you’re particularly triggered by. When this happens, affirm to yourself, “I can observe this thought, therefore, I am not my thoughts.” When you do this, you’ll experience just how much of a release this can be.

Enjoy your experience of learning to control your thoughts, instead of them having control over you.