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Meditation Vs Psychotherapy

The Act of Meditation Transcends All Narratives

A basic principle of mindfulness is to understand what the mind is, whether it is an entity or a process – substantial or illusory – and unless you know the nature of the mind you will not be able to transform any aspect of your experience, the same problems will arise again and again.

When you identify with the mind, a self-limiting belief or narrative, you become the mind – you become the story that you are telling yourself. The root cause of all problems is the mind itself.

The very nature of psychotherapy is to study the mind, to feed the narrative through immersion, engagement and analysis. A never ending cycle of stories where the mind continuously dances between playing the victim and taking a more active role in facing life’s challenges.

The act of meditation transcends all narratives – you become objective, rather then subject to the function of the mind.

So how do we move beyond the mind and excavate self-limiting beliefs and mind-made narratives?

The simple answer is Meditation.

If you are meditating nothing else is needed, however, if you are not meditating then psychotherapy maybe helpful as a form of temporary relief from somewhat uncomfortable personal or collective experiences.

The mind needs no analysis you’re analysing junk it simply needs to be emptied. The moment the mind is emptied and that method is meditation, you are left with a silent mind – a brain with no noise – and the moment the brain is free from the mind the brain becomes a new space, a clean slate, and your inner being – voice – is amplified.

By observing the mind you simply make yourself aware of the unnatural patterns that have evolved or been embedded into your being, and in the very observation lies transformation. A process of realising what you are doing to yourself.

DISCIPLINE + MEDITATION

Meditation is a technique to reach a higher state of consciousness – being.

It’s a simple technique, however the mind makes it complex. The mind has to make it complex, because both cannot exist together. Meditation is the end of the mind, naturally the mind begins to rest.

Principle:

The principle of a basic discipline is a relaxed body with eye’s closed – because it’s your eyes that take you outwards.

Technique:

Don’t disturb the mind, don’t prevent it, don’t repress it, don’t do anything – just observe it. As you observe, the mind gradually becomes empty of thoughts, more alert – more aware.

By simply observing you immediately get out of the mind, without any effort or force.

Effect:

Once your being asserts itself the mind becomes submissive. Now you are seeing through the mind with clarity – raising you out of the limitations of personal or collective thought.

Take time to develop and apply the principles required to propel your practice.

MEDITATION + MINDFULNESS TRAINING

I work with individuals who are committed to developing the awareness and skills required to quieten the mind and live their unique expression – with a distinct focus on realising and actualising your potential for personal and cultural transformation.

The first step towards a possible working relationship is to open a conversation. I like to take one hour for an initial session, with no fee, no strings, and no guarantee we’ll continue. It depends whether we agree I can support you.

To start a conversation and find out more you can book your introductory session here.

www.leonardmattis.com

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