Saturday, April 12, 2014

Meditation: Think you can't do it?

I used to think meditation meant clearing away all my thoughts and sitting in total blankness. And I could never do it.

After taking the 40 Day Manifesting Breakthrough Video E-Course with Cindy Eyler and attending a retreat with her, I learned a new way to meditate that is simple and accessible. Instead of focusing on nothing, we focus on creating what we want in our life and letting go of what we don't. I know this sounds really woo-woo, but I have heard time and time again how meditation can help with bipolar. And for me, it definitely has.

I've been in partial hospitalization programs that taught Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with techniques like thought-stopping, affirmations, and visualization. It seemed so silly and futile - as if all my problems would disappear with simple wishes. I felt like my problems weren't being taken seriously if all I had to do was close my eyes and hope them away.

The interesting thing about Cindy's course is that she intuits CBT techniques, but wraps them in practical spiritual knowledge. She teaches how to connect with God, Spirit, The Universe, or whatever you consider to be Source, and how to use that energy effectively.

Tune in to my next post, which will feature a sample meditation script for bipolar people.