October 8, 2019 | By More

I remember when I first heard that I could objectively watch my thoughts, look at them like clouds in the sky, drifting by and watch as they come and go. I was amazed, realizing that for me to accurately look at my thoughts there had to be a part of me residing behind, or beyond those thoughts. There began a fascinating journey of exploration. Was I my thoughts? Did they have power over me, or me over them? What is a thought really? I was amazed that as human beings we can function so well while lacking such basic understanding. 

Give this a try…walk around while being aware that a part of you exists as a free observer, right behind your thoughts. Watch if you have the power to change certain thoughts. Watch to see if you’re attached to these thoughts (i.e., my resentment, my idea). My own investigation years ago led me to grasp that thoughts are malleable, and they can be changed. I read once that there is a very small space in our mind, a miniature pause, that allows us to choose our thoughts and reactions. For example, in a heated conversation this small pause is commonly used to decide if we should answer more directly, or to simply let it go. 

Meditation has been an integral part of my life for decades, and I have used this principle of observing my thoughts to experiment and deepen my meditation experience. For example, if you have strong thoughts and opinions about an environmental or political issue what happens when you put these thoughts out of your mind? What happens if they disappeared? Visualize putting them aside while you meditate. Then, a deep peace arises, and like dawn, the sense of calmness appears.  

In this time of awareness regarding an influx of information, I find that collectively, and even worldwide, there is an additional pressure to our lives. It is important to be aware, and to voice our opinions. However, getting a respite is essential to our wellbeing. This will even help us react with more clarity, keeping our priorities intact. Balancing the inner experience with the outer experience is core to maintaining clarity and still grow as a human being. As time progresses, I remain aware of how much potential we have as human beings. Meditation, hypnosis and therapy are tools to access this potential and help us move forward in our lives. Moving forward in our evolutionary path may be the most satisfying experience.

Lynne Cardinal sees clients individually in Hull and Stittsville. She offers group meditation classes (mini-retreats) and workshops. She offers Stress Management, Resilience and Burnout Prevention workshops in the government and private sectors, and has done so for over 30 years. She is also a Consulting Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, holding additional certifications in Hypnosis Innovative Techniques and Weight Loss. She is certified by Dr. Weiss in Past-Life Regression and she has a PhD (alternative) in Eastern Philosophy from India. She has studied extensively with Thomas Hübl on Transparent Communication and Principles of Transformation and Healing, as well as Trauma work. She is also trained with Diane Hamilton in Conflict Resolution. Insurance receipt provided under Naturotherapy. For more information call: 613.836.2355 or;

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