Re-learning to non-think

“When you were a young child there were regular, natural periods of time when your mind would have been in a state of non-thinking presence, states of natural thought-free wonderment and wondering”.

Dear Integral Meditators,

Right now you may have difficulty stopping thinking, but it wasn’t always that way. This weeks article offers practical techniques for re-owning your non-thinking state, and reasons why you should be interested in doing so.
Some of the sessions for February are out, including a meditation on the triple Goddess next week, Meditating on the language of your shadow self, and meditation on the Lunar new year of the Ox. Full details below!

In the spirit of wonder and wondering,

Toby


Re-learning to non-think

Non-thinking is a skill you should have learned at school
When you were a young child there were regular, natural periods of time when your mind would have been in a state of non-thinking presence, a state of ‘child like wonder’. When we started education we were taught to fill our mind with content and process information. As we did so, without realizing it, less and less of our time was spent in a non-thinking state, and more and more in ‘thinking’ mode. By the time we get to adulthood, it seems as if we are stuck in thinking mode all the time, mostly without choice.

Non-thinking means to develop the skill of emptying your mind of content
So then as adults we need to remember the capacity that we had to non-think, to empty our mind of content periodically, and rest in a state of non-thinking. Meditation and mindfulness can help is do this.

Ways to empty your mind of content
Here are a few simple meditation techniques that you can use to re-awaken your non-thinking capacity. I outline them briefly, with links to previous articles on each method:

  • Watch the spaces between your thoughts – rather than watching your thoughts, pay attention to the spaces in between your thoughts, and gently try and extend them for a moment or two longer each time one appears. Gradually get used to relaxing with the non-thinking state as you get better at extending these ‘gaps’.
  • Practice belly breathing –  Bringing your attention down to your belly,  relax and try to gently focus your attention and awareness in this part of your body, letting go of excess conceptual thoughts and mental activity in your head.
  • Practice brain relaxation – The basic premise for the meditation is that your brain is your “organ of thought” so to speak, and so by bringing your physical brain into a start of deep relaxation it can actually be relatively easy and natural to calm the mind and move into a state of spacious non-thought.

The benefits of practising non-thinking
We regenerate the energy of our body-mind – A non-thinking state stops you burning energy, and helps you recover on all levels.
We recover from cognitive overload – Emptying your mind helps you find relief from the very information-age problem of processing too much information and having too many choices to make
We rediscover the joy of thinking – By dropping thinking for a while we can return to thinking with enthusiasm, appetite and clarity. When thinking is voluntary rather than an obligation, it becomes a joy!
We discover the subtle dimensions of our inner world, body & mind – By suspending your linear thinking mind for periods, you start to become aware of the subtle and intuitive mental and perceptual processes that lie underneath. We discover a space of wonder and wondering within the amazing inner world that we all have available to us when we stop thinking too much.
We connect to the formless, timeless dimension of consciousness and the self – Beneath the content of our conscious lies the unitive experience of consciousness itself, a world where you, me and everyone else merges into a greater Self that unites us in a greater experience of love, wisdom and togetherness. This reason alone is more than enough to train yourself in the literally timeless art of non-thinking.

Article content © Toby Ouvry & Integral Meditation Asia 2020. you are welcome to share, but please cite the source, thanks! Contact info@tobyouvry.com


Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd Feb, 7.30-8.30pm – Bright, Mother and Weaver Goddess meditation

About the class: This meditation is done at the time of an ancient Celtic festival called “Imbolc”, or the festival of Saint Brigid, who is both a venerated saint and a Goddess figure embodying both fire and water. It marks the beginning of spring, celebrating the new life that is emerging from the earth, and the lambs and other babies that are being born in the animal kingdom. It will be a gentle meditation where we will be communing with the Goddess in three aspects…
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Saturday 6th & 20th February – Meditations on the Language of Your Shadow – Masterclass and Mini-retreat

Are you interested in learning a form of meditation that will:

  • Help you to get in touch with a deeper level of psychological harmony and wellbeing within yourself?
  • Access new levels of energy and confidence?
  • Discover and heal hidden aspects of your psyche that are currently sabotaging your happiness in daily life and transforming them into something useful and powerful within you?

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Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th February – Lunar New Year Meditation 2020: Developing your stamina, willpower and self-confidence in the year of the Ox This is a meditation to welcome in the lunar new year energies, and attune to the astrological animal of the year, the Ox!
In particular, we will be mindfully aligning with and developing our inner-stamina, willpower and self-confidence, which are personal characteristics of the Ox.
Toby will be leading the meditation as a simple and profound way, with plenty of room for our own personal contemplation, inner healing and positivity building!
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Life-fullness – The Integral Life-Coaching Program with Toby

Are you looking a coach who can help you to:

  • Meet the challenges, stress and changes that you face in a more effective and mindful way
  • Become happier within yourself, in your relationships and at work
  • Be actively accountable for finding a sense of balance/well-being in your life and fulfilling your personal potential?
  • Guide you to find and operate from a deeper sense of meaning, motivation and connectivity in your life?
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All upcoming classes and workshops for at IMA in December:

Ongoing – Weekly Tuesday, Wednesday Online class schedule

Ongoing on Wednesday’s, 7.30-8.30pm – Wednesday Meditation for stress transformation and positive energy with Toby (Bukit Timah)

Ongoing on Tuesday evenings, 7.30-8.30pm – Tuesday Meditation for stress transformation and positive energy with Toby  (East Coast)

Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd Feb, 7.30-8.30pm – Bright, Mother and Weaver Goddess meditation

Saturday 6th & 20th February – Meditations on the Language of Your Shadow – Masterclass and Mini-retreat

Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th February – Lunar New Year Meditation 2020: Developing your stamina, willpower and self-confidence in the year of the Ox


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