Meditation helps us distinguish what we are identifying with – a thought? A feeling? Or the witness within? By identifying with the witness, we can take a step back and see our thoughts and feelings as temporary creations. As we allow these creations to pass by, like clouds through the sky, we notice that they simply give way to more thoughts and more feelings; and thus, the nature of the mind is revealed, a continuous cycle of thought. Through witnessing this pattern of the mind, we have the chance now to cultivate one of the biggest tools of empowerment: Choice.
Based on the kind of person we have committed ourselves to becoming and the quality of impact we have committed ourselves to having, we can begin to choose which thoughts and feelings we give our attention to. Our thoughts and feelings come from two different radio stations within: the frequency of fear or the frequency of love. Pretend, for a moment that you totally buy into what I’m proposing and start watching your thoughts and feelings. You will be able to trace every single one to either an experience of contraction (fear based) or an experience of expansion (love based). Does your body feel tight, heavy, or simply numb? Or do you feel energized, alive, or simply relaxed? (Yes, the Universe is that simple most of the time). And through choosing which thought you give attention to, you can begin to shape your reality, your day to day experience of life. Thoughts and feelings are either moving us toward our goal or away. We get to choose which ones gets our full attention!
Being able to choose what thoughts and feelings we listen to enables us, again, to choose consciously the channel we tune into; one that supports our growth, our relationships, and the person we are committed to becoming, or one that hurts our emerging potentiality, the love available to us, and our commitments to flourishing. Through choice, we create ourselves; through choosing, we become conscious creators.
Meditation empowers us to identify love-based thinking and feeling. It also empowers us to allow fear-based thinking and feeling to pass-on-by. For example, we can now say, “That thought doesn’t serve me,” and we can choose a different thought that does. We can say “That thought (a judgment, let’s say), does not support my relationship with my spouse, I am going to let it pass and choose a loving thought that support the intention of a harmonious marriage.” This takes courage, let’s not kid ourselves, but it’s more than possible.
What station are we tuned into? We are the only ones who can choose which station we tune into – love or fear radio. Both create powerful and believable realities! And out of the two, a life of love-based perspectives, responses, feedback, and flourishing is simply a choice away.