Anxious Anticipation: Meditation Tip for Today
Article by Innessa Ray 10/29/2017
We humans, generally don't like "Time". We don't like it when it's passing too fast, because we get older, and we don't like it when it goes too slow because we are feeling anxious to get into that next moment, next year, next goal, next experience...It seems that being completely present in this moment makes us restless, anxious and dissatisfied.
So, does Anticipation hurts or helps? As we know, we tend to categorize things good against bad all the time. However, in meditation this approach doesn't really work. The whole idea about meditation practice is to drop all the judgments and labels. But for the sake of the argument let's look into how the anticipation affects us on daily basis.
We like to anticipate events. Anticipation is the element that hooks into our emotions, taking them alternatively high and low. We create in our mind possible future scenarios to only worry and anticipate the outcomes of those scenarios -- when it is all only in our imagination. Out body catches up with out mind and our limbic system responds accordingly, we get flooded with real feelings about unreal events. More on how our limbic system and autonomic nervous system affect our emotional health. https://draxe.com/limbic-system/
So instead of living in the present, we default to musing (not to be confused with a conscious reflection); we daydream and anticipate. Think about how much time and energy we waste; the time and energy that could be consciously directed where we most need it.
When we stop and step outside of our mind activity, we can reason about it and see that anticipation is nothing but our own imagination of a future condition/situation that we bring into our present emotional state. So, we mentally live the anticipated condition, experiencing the emotion we suppose we will feel as if we were in that condition/experience. How real or accurate is that? The anticipation can have a powerful effect on our emotional life; as we assume future emotions, they get more intense and last much longer than usual.
So, perhaps checking-in more often with our perception of reality, would be helpful once in a while. What do you think?
Mq Meditation Tip for Today
1. Make a conscious effort to yank yourself out of an automatic thinking and living in the anticipative state of mind, and bring yourself to the reality of Now.
2. If you want to be completely present in the NOW; suspend the anticipation.
3. Be aware that our mind is a tool for us to use and direct it where we want it.
4. Be stil, and time wouldn't matter.