For those people who have been meditating for a while, it should come as no surprise that your thoughts can have a direct result on your feelings, and in turn, on your body. Take for example, what happens if you think an angry thought. Notice how your feelings change. Then notice the tension that is created in your body. What’s the point? There isn’t one, just a call to awareness around the mind body connection.
Susan Scott Morales discusses the above exercise in her lastest Ann Arbor post. According to Morales, defenses create tension in the body. That said, the key to helping to change your thoughts is simply to become aware of them.
The next time you meditate, become aware of your thoughts without judgment and notice their impact on your physical and emotional state. Are they making you feel more uptight or is your body relaxing? Are the thoughts keeping you going in a circle or motivating you to move forward?
If you’re becoming more tense, you can simply say to yourself, “Thinking.” Or you may identify one of the cognitive defense patterns and state, “Oh, that’s just overgeneralization, I must be avoiding an unpleasant feeling.” Again, no judgment.
Read more about how to use meditation to become aware of how your thoughts influence your life here.