Meditate: Interrupt Those Fifty Thousand Daily Thoughts

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Deepak Chopra, the medical doctor and gifted spiritual teacher, has written this: “Meditation is not at all a way of making your mind be quiet; rather it’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there, buried under fifty thoughts an average person thinks every day.”

Can you imagine?  Fifty thousand (some say seventy thousand) thoughts you have rambling around in your mind every day?  What could you possibly be thinking?  How important could all that chatter be? How much of that blabbering really matters?  Is it a bunch of old tapes playing, endlessly?  How much of it might be negative thinking, originating in thought patterns you developed even before you could speak? Are you just thinking the same stuff everyday, over and over again?  How boring and useless!  Or maybe you think that you are so fascinating that your mind wastes no energy on vacuous thoughts. Maybe you are the exception to the rule.

Most of us are shocked when we try to go into a space of quiet.  The mind, sometimes compared to a wild monkey, swinging endlessly from branch to branch, will try to thwart your effort.  The mind is very enamoured of those goofy thoughts, but you don’t have to be.  You can just be quiet, close your eyes, and be the witness, but not a participant, in those thoughts.  As if the mind rolled them out on a TV screen in front of you, let them play outside of you.  Let then go in one ear and out the other.  Just watch, from your quiet perch, without judging or getting hooked into them.  See what happens.  You might even find your mind to be quite an amusement and not so important after all.

Usually the mind acts as a deterrent to opening to the thoughts that really matter.  That there is a light within each of us that reminds us to love ourselves unconditionally.  If we just shut off those other thoughts for a while, we might actually hear those words and see that light.  Wouldn’t that be a marvel?  There is plenty of time for the thousands of other thoughts, if you like those instead.

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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