Melting The Thinking Mind

So often in life we ineffectively try to take control of ourselves when we find that we are caught in a trap of worry and excess thinking. Rather than trying to conquer or tame your thinking mind, this Practice offers you the experience of simply letting it melt away, like a piece of ice on a hot summer day.

You will most likely want to read through the instructions two or three times before you actually do this practice. The more confident you feel with the directions the better your results will tend to be.

All of the breathing throughout this Practice is of utmost importance in melting your thinking mind, so please be certain to breathe deeply when you are asked to do so.

This Practice can be excellent to do numerous times in a day, if you feel like you are getting trapped in internal dialogue.

1. Take a moment and think of some of the complaints, worries, negative self images, possible illnesses or incompetencies that you believe to be true or likely, in regard to yourself. Don’t go overboard in doing this or you won’t be able to do the rest of the Practice! Write down in a brief style three of the concerns that you have come up with. (For instance: “I need to be making more money.” “I am afraid that my girlfriend might leave me.” “I am not sure if my colleagues respect me.”)

2. Now, take three deep breaths, and shake your body and your head some, to “shake off” some of the “problem frame” thinking you have just been doing.

3. Now, work through your list of three concerns in the following manner.

Level 1
A. State a concern that is on your list. (Such as “I need to be making more money.”)
B. Take three deep breaths.
C. Make the following statement, “I am perfect as I am.”
D. Take three deep breaths.
E. Make the following statement, “And just now I’m in the process of feeling and understanding my who I really am.”
F. Take three deep breaths.
G Make the following statement, “My path is my path, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to follow my hearts desire.”
H. Take three deep breaths.

And then repeat this same process with the other two concerns on your list.

4. Work down your list of concerns a second time, but this time in the following manner.

Level 2
A. State a concern that is on your list. (Such as “I need to be making more money.”)
B. T Take three deep breaths.
C. Ask the question, “Who is the one stating this concern?”
D. Take three deep breaths.
E. And now, answer you question, “I don’t know.”
F. Take three deep breaths.

And then repeat this process with the remaining two items on your list.

5. Work down your list of concerns once again.

Level 3 (This is a verbatim repeat of Level 1)
A. State a concern that is on your list.
B. Take three deep breaths.
C. Make the following statement, “I am perfect as I am.”
D. Take three deep breaths.
E. Make the following statement, “And just now I’m in the process of feeling and understanding who I really am.”
F. Take three deep breaths.
G. Make the following statement, “My path is my path, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to follow my hearts desire.”
H. Take three deep breaths.

And then repeat this process with the remaining two items on your list.

6. Sit quietly for a minute or two while giving your attention to the inflow and outflow of oxygen, as you breathe fairly deeply.

7. What have you learned? It might be helpful to take some terse notes.

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