Meditation is more than positive thinking

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The point of meditation is not to just close our eyes and superimpose positive thoughts & repress negative ones. Rather, it’s dropping the judgement mindset all together – as Chogyam Trungpa says

“The sitting practice of meditation provides an ideal environment to develop renunciation. In meditation, as you work with your breath, you regard any thoughts that arise as just your thinking process. You don’t hold on to any thought and you don’t have to punish your thoughts or praise them. The thoughts that occur during sitting practice are regarded as natural events, but at the same time, they don’t carry any credentials. The basic definition of meditation is “having a steady mind.” In meditation, when your thoughts go up, you don’t go up, and you don’t go down when your thoughts go down; you just watch as thoughts go up and thoughts go down. Whether your thoughts are good or bad, exciting or boring, blissful or miserable, you let them be. You don’t accept some and reject others. You have a sense of greater space that encompasses any thought that may arise… You can just be, just let yourself be, without holding on to the constant reference points that mind manufactures”

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