MBG Meditation Challenge: Day Five

“I don’t know and I don’t care.”

“I don’t know and I don’t care.”

“I don’t know and I don’t care.”

“I don’t know and I don’t care.”

“I don’t know and I don’t care.”

“I don’t know and I don’t care.”

The “I don’t know and I don’t care” attitude is the attitude to have during meditation. Why? According to Light in today’s session, the majority of the thoughts that we’re having today are from yesterday…and the majority of the thoughts you had yesterday are from the day before and so on and so forth. Why does that matter when it comes to meditation? Our minds are so busy as it is and we’re thinking about the same kind of thoughts and processing the same emotions and feelings on a daily basis. If a lot of these thoughts, feelings and emotions are negative day in and day out, this can make practicing meditation daunting and tedious. Our meditation practice is less about the number of thoughts that are running through our heads and more about the kind or quality of thoughts. As Light mentions, “no one is complaining about having too many happy thoughts or being too optimistic. It’s usually the negative thoughts that people complain about and want to reject in meditation.”

The state of our body has a heavy influence over the state of our mind, which is something that I am so passionate about and agree with. We have to nourish both our bodies and minds. We can’t only pick one to take care of and expect the other to thrive without that same attention. If our lives are crazy-stressful, those daily stressors could be enormous contributors as to why we have negative thoughts or make our minds feel a lot busier when we’re meditating.

Back to the “I don’t know, I don’t care” attitude. Repeating this throughout our meditation practice gives our minds something else to focus on other than negative thoughts, and allows us to get lost in the process. In turn, we’re letting our mind calm down and relax. According to Light, there are three kinds of thoughts that we’re likely to have during our experience meditating:

  • “Drifting Mind Thoughts”
    • Thoughts where your mind is wandering from one random subject to another. They indicate that your mind is becoming more rested.
  • “Negative Thoughts”
    • Symptomatic of your body restoring balance, while these thoughts may not feel positive in the moment, you’re experiencing them for a positive reason. There is no need for you to analyze these thoughts; rather, the goal is to remain completely indifferent. When our mind starts to question why we’re having these negative thoughts: “I don’t know and I don’t care.”
  • “Creative Thoughts”
    • During meditation, you will experience some of your most creative thoughts of your day, which will be vey tempting to want to write down so you don’t forget them…but instead of caving, Light suggests playing a little game with yourself: “If I can remember this idea once my meditation is over, then it was probably a good idea that’s worth my time and attention. If I can’t remember it, then it’s probably not worth my time or attention.” This exercise is also how we should treat our positive thoughts, as it’s important to remain process-oriented during our meditation practice rather than being outcome-oriented.

Our meditation practice was six minutes long today and we practiced embracing all of our drifting-mind, positive and negative thoughts. After my meditation practice was over, I realized that I was kind of caught up in categorizing what bucket my thoughts were falling into that I was so distracted for the majority of the six minutes! Something I’m planning to continue to work on throughout the remainder of this challenge: embracing my “I don’t know and I don’t care” attitude.

Be Well,

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