Over the last while I have had the privilege of giving a few talks on the subject of meditation. I start each talk to the same way, by asking two questions. The first question is, “what picture comes to mind when you think of meditation? After a few minutes of discussion I hold up a picture of a person in the lotus position on a rock at the edge of the ocean and most agree that is what is commonly considered meditating. The second question is, how many here think? After a few seconds I say I will come back to this question later.
James Allen wrote that, “Mediation is the intense dwelling, in thought, on an idea or theme, with the object of thoroughly comprehending it, and what so ever you constantly meditate upon not only will you come to understand, but you will grow more and more into its likeness, for it will become incorporated into your very being, it will become your very self.”
We all think, but mostly at a superficial level. However, our predominant thoughts, be they worries, which graduate to anxiety, or thoughts on grudges and slights, which graduate to anger and then depression (anger turned inwards) prove James Allen’s statement to be correct. We become what we think about.
It is our predominant thoughts that we need to monitor and change if they are taking us towards anxiety or depression. Meditation, the act of deep thought about a theme or idea, on mental wellness has been my aim for a long time now. I understand what mental wellness is and I have become, due to constant dwelling on this theme, mentally well.
Hot and cold are temperatures and are found on the same thermostat. Negative thinking and positive thinking are both thoughts. All are just varying degrees of the other. Hot and negative thinking are not in any way connected and cannot be reconciled. However, hot and cold can be reconciled. If you are cold turn up the heat, put on more clothing and you soon become reconciled with the cold, you become warner. If you are hot turn on the air conditioning, or go for a swim and you are soon reconciled with the heat you become cooler.
This is the law of polarity. Like the law of gravity it is self-evident and can be learned and studied. We can put this law to use in our lives and prove its worth in many ways
Mental illness and mental wellness are both states of mind and can also be reconciled. There are many things you can do as a BP sufferer to reconcile your mental illness into mental wellness, take your pills, build a support team, and keep tabs on your moods in a journal. In this way you work towards mental wellness.
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.