We all know how to think, but generally our thinking is lacking focus and depth. Consciously and often unconsciously the questions in our mind demand resolution and govern our thinking process. From time to time, we experience an insight, the “Aha!” moment. Reflective meditation helps to channel this creative power of our mind in a disciplined way.
Reflective meditation is a contemplative practice. You select a question, situation, or theme as the focus of reflection or deep thinking. When properly directed, the flow of thought becomes more lucid and can lead to the emergence of the great potentials of the mind.
When you reach a conclusion, your relationship to the question or idea reaches a different level. You can relate to it with more understanding, confidence and appreciation.
Next, you stop to analyze the topic and simply hold it steadily in your mind, allowing a deeper quality of intuitive insight. This part of reflective meditation is actually concentration meditation.
When thoughts and associations start to flow again in your mind, either finish the session or continue into another deeper period of reflective meditation.
By switching between analysis and quiet introspection, you can examine layers of deeply embedded and often mistaken mental models, beliefs and assumptions. Thus, you could reach intuitive wisdom and free yourself from veils of confusion and ignorance.
Reflective meditation stimulates transformative power – the power that enables us to change the course of our lives. This power is based on logic and awakened faith. It gives us greater strength and conviction for making changes in our lives and the world.
Thoughts are our filters and lenses through which we view and experience the world. Confused thoughts makes us live in a confused world. Greater coherence of our thinking brings more coherence into our world.
Reflective meditation helps us to learn the relativity of our thoughts and narratives that we tell ourselves. During meditation we begin to see the difference between the reality of ourselves and others.
When the nature of thought is understood, we begin to think deeply and clearly; thoughts seem to have their own reality, both similar and different from what we had imagined.
Many great minds regarded insight and inspiration as the infusion of higher intelligence into our consciousness.
They explained how this infusion could restructure the matter of the brain that lies beneath the thoughts, deleting patterns of our limiting or confused story while leaving our mind open to perceive reality in a different and deeper way.
Many people unconsciously invest huge energy and attention into organizing thoughts to maintain the illusion of their own story. A person who practices meditation is more likely to be less attached to this story, to hold it more lightly, appreciating it while remaining open to the reality that is much more immense than our own most creative thoughts.