How to (Really) Eliminate Reactive Emotions & Thoughts.

Via on Apr 15, 2013

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Here are four common ways that people try to eliminate reactive emotions & negative thoughts (which really don’t work):

Suppression.

This works for about three minutes–or as long as you can hold back the tidal wave of energy that’s building up in your mind and body. Then, the emotions & thoughts erupt with even greater intensity.

Logic.

Nice try. Reactive emotions & negative thoughts laugh in the face of logic. And this includes so-called spiritual logic (“Well, it’s just karma.” “I’ll just be detached.” “It’s all for the best.”) Logic doesn’t have the power to transform reactive emotions or negative thoughts.

Chocolate.

Or chips. Or ice cream. Using substances can numb you to the impact of reactive emotions & negative thoughts–but it doesn’t change, much less transform them. In fact, they feed on the self-loathing that follows.

Exercise.

Well, it’s definitely healthier. After a sweaty yoga class or gym workout, the endorphin high is liberating. But, it’s not always possible to stop in the middle of your day to assume a downward dog pose or do jumping jacks.

Suppression, logic, chocolate, and exercise won’t transform your reactive emotions & negative thoughts.

There's a mantra for that

You need a method that doesn’t rely on force, control, logic, or numbing out. One that works with the basic energy of emotion & thought directly.

Because you can’t get rid of emotions—they are a part of the basic energy of life.

The goal is to transform the energy of negative emotions into sources of life-enriching creativity. This is what mantra meditation is specifically designed to do.

You can’t solve a problem at the same level of consciousness at which it was created. Einstein said that.

It means:

  1. You can’t solve your emotional reactivity at the level of emotion.
  2. You can’t resolve negative thoughts at the level of thought.

You need to move to a deeper, more primary level of consciousness—that level of consciousness is available through mantra meditation.

It’s so simple and so powerful that it’s hard to believe.

Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on belief. The proof is in the practice. That’s why these mantras have been cherished, preserved, and handed down from practitioner to practitioner for thousands of years.

You can verify the power of this method in your own experience. Which of course means—practice.

Mantra isn’t a magic pill.

This isn’t a secret formula that will do the transforming work for you. You have to do the practice—which means devoting at least 10 minutes a day to your freedom. That seems reasonable.

Many people balk at this modest commitment.

This traps them in their ever-more familiar emotional roller coaster. Freedom is a choice between learning this joyful practice or repeating the emotional patterns of the past.

You don’t have to give up chocolate, exercise, or even logic when you practice mantra meditation. You don’t even have to give up suppression…it just falls away on its own.

And, here’s a secret: chocolate tastes even more delicious when you eat it from the state of freedom.

 

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Ed: Bryonie Wise

 

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About Eric Klein

Eric Klein is one of the few people on the planet who is both a lineage holder in a 5,000-year-old yoga lineage and a best-selling business book author. You can get his free ebook & guided meditation audio "The 7 Reasons Meditation Doesn't Work (and how to fix them)" at http://wisdomheart.com. Eric has worked with over 35,000 people to infuse greater meaning, awareness, and purpose into their work and lives. His book "You are the Leader You’ve Been Waiting For" won a 2008 Nautilus Book Award for being “a world-changing book promoting positive social change and responsible leadership.” With his wife and partner Devi, Eric is also the creator of the Healing Family Karma programs and The Meditation Habit. Eric and Devi have two adult sons, a ball-obsessed pup, and live in Encinitas, California. To learn more about their work (and access free teaching videos on meditation and mantra), go to http://wisdomheart.com.

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