Mindfulness Meditation #7 • Thinking, thinking….
In this meditation, we will practice techniques to work with the thinking mind, in a friendly way. “Think” is a funny word. It rhymes with “blink”… which is a good reminder because thinking is even more involuntary than blinking; thinking is an inseparable part of the mind’s function. The thinking mind serves consciousness with opinions, ideas, imaginings, concerns, narratives, associations… it’s endless. But in meditation, the hard-working mind can feel like it’s obscuring the act of meditating, producing feelings of frustration and discouragement. But herein lies the heart of mindfulness practice itself: observing the workings of the thinking mind, and getting intimate with the way the mind naturally is, allows us to step back from the minutia of thought and into more expansive wisdom.