If you want to start a habit of positive thinking, meditation is an absolute must. You can use meditation for positive thoughts all day long.
And it works significantly better than other positive thinking exercises.
I’m sure you know what it’s like. You try to think positive all the time, yet you still experience negative and painful thoughts. [Here are some ways to stop negative thoughts]
The good news is this: The more you practice positive thinking exercises, the more your mind will produce positive thoughts, and the less you will experience negative thoughts.
There are many different types of positive thinking exercises [I’ve written a guide to the best positive thinking exercises].
In my experience, however, there is one truly powerful exercise for positive thinking: Meditation.
When you practice mindfulness, you become more conscious of what is occurring in your mind own. You learn to observe your thoughts in a logical, non-reactive way, and you gain the power to actually change negative thoughts to positive thoughts. This in turn will make you more positive, more grateful, and more hopeful [and trust me, hope is very important for these reasons.]
Why You Should Use Meditation For Positive Thoughts
There are so many reasons why you would want to start thinking positively. Not only does it make you happier, positivity makes you healthier too.
The problem with positive thinking is that it is not as easy as you might think.
Many people who practice positive thinking exercises still experience negative thoughts, and it’s impossible to stop negative thoughts completely.
When you try to force yourself to think positively and to stop thinking negatively, you actually just make things worse. Suppressing negative thoughts actually makes them more powerful, and when you force yourself to think positively you end up developing a deluded perspective.
A much better strategy is to think in clear-headed, rational ways.
This is where meditation comes in.
Instead of forcing you to think positively, meditation gives you a more level-headed, objective view of your thoughts. You learn to see your thoughts clearly, and from there you can change them.
In a moment I’ll share my top positive thinking meditation techniques. When you try those techniques, remember this: The goal is not to force yourself to think positively. Rather, the goal is to see things more clearly, and with a more level-head.
Once you see things more clearly, your thoughts will naturally begin to change. You will start thinking positively because meditation has made you calmer and wiser. And because of that wisdom and calmness, you will even be able to remain positive in the worst of times.
My Favorite Positive Thinking Meditation Technique
There are many different types of positive thinking meditation [you can learn more in my guide to Using Meditation For Happiness]
Thinking positively, after all, can mean different things. It could mean thinking in logical ways. It could mean thinking with more love and compassion. It could mean thinking more productively.
For all these different types of positive thinking, a meditation technique exists to help you produce it. You can learn more about those techniques in the list below.
That said, there is one particularly powerful positive-thinking-meditation that I highly recommend you try right now.
Just follow these simple instructions. Spend ten minutes with this technique. And you will start to think positively today.
- Sit quietly and take 27 breaths through your nose. Focus your mind on the sensation of your breath moving through your body.
- Think of something you absolutely love. It could be a person, a place or a thing. Meditate on this person / place / thing. Fill your mind with it. Now list 20 things you love about it.
- Notice how your body and mind are filling with joy, happiness and love.
- Now think of a person / place / thing you feel neutral about. Meditate on it. And list 20 things you love (or like) about this person / place / thing.
- Now bring to mind a person / place / thing you feel negatively about (this sounds counterproductive but is important). Meditate on it. Now list 20 things you love or like about this person / place / thing.
This is a very powerful positive thinking meditation technique. It begins by filling you with love and joy by focusing your mind on something you already love. Then it challenges you to change the way you feel about something that’s negative, making you come to like this previous negative. This will change your personal biases and generate universal love and kindness.
More Of The Best Meditations For Positive Thinking
As well as the powerful positive thinking meditation we looked at above, there are several traditional meditations for positive thinking.
In this list I’ve shared my favorite traditional meditations for positive thinking.
Loving Kindness Meditation is a traditional Buddhist meditation technique that creates feelings of (you guessed it) love and kindness.
This is a very powerful meditation for positive thoughts about people. It will make you feel even more love for the people you are close to, and it will turn negative thoughts about people to positive thoughts.
Smiling Buddha Meditation is a technique that is used to generate feelings of joy and happiness.
Use this meditation for positive thoughts and feelings when you’re feeling a little low.
The technique focuses the mind on the energy of your own smile. This produces warm feelings that fill your body and mind.
Heart Chakra Meditation
Chakras are the energy centres or your body. There are seven of these chakras, and each chakra represents different properties and emotions.
The heart chakra is the chakra of love, trust, faith and positive feelings. When you meditate on your heart chakra you will produce warm emotions that in turn generate positive thoughts.
You Might Want To Combine Yoga With These Meditations For Positive Thoughts In Your Mind And Positive Energy In Your Body
As well as using meditation for positive thoughts, you can use yoga too.
Positive Thinking Meditations are a great way to fill your mind with positive thoughts. But while working on your mind you should also take your body into account.
The way you hold and move your body has a direct impact on your emotional state. Just changing your posture can cause you to think more positively . So imagine what yoga can do.
If you’d like to learn more about this, read my guide to using yoga for positivity.
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Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book: Your Best Meditation