Music Rhythm Mind

During some of the more challenging times in my life music stood out as something that made sense. Why? Well let’s see. 
Negativity at it’s core is to get stuck on an idea/emotion, to lose that flow. Music has rhythm and flow, movement. Going through a challenging time and then letting it go by tuning yourself into the rhythm of the music is bound to serve as a refreshing contrast. 
Yet this flow isn’t dependent upon music. Prayer/meditation is also flow. That’s essentially one way of utilising it: praying is the use of words to comfort yourself in order to become un-stuck, to reintroduce rhythm.
There are many instruments to play with to maintain our individual harmonic rhythm. Think of anything you do that you enjoy, that you like spending time on and focusing on. 
Maintain flow. Dance to your inner rhythm. Actively manage your self-talk. Detach when you find yourself focusing on an internal or external negative. Manage. Think. Listen to the internal/external dialogue. And as soon as you catch the problem switch to the feeling of the solution. Although you might not know the exact steps at that time, if you maintain the feeling of the solution long enough the right ideas will come forth from that. Do it with yourself, do it on behalf of other people without necessarily telling them. Your thoughts can reach them. 
Check yourself before falling asleep. Is there anything that got stuck which you didn’t let go of during the day? Sometimes it’s enough just to notice the unwanted thought and spontaneously letting it go by carrying on with the moment. Other times we need to talk ourselves through it or maybe even chat with a friend. 

Coming in, Going out

Coming in
Becoming generally focused
Observing environment, thoughts and emotions instead of reacting.
Focusing eyes on one place, while relaxing the muscles around the eyes, focusing on a sound in the environment, or on the movement of your breathing without controlling
Stillness comes naturally
Find the right balance of detachment and connectedness, the right balance between mind and heart, between feeling mechanistic or zombie like and feeling warm fuzzy loving detachment where the ordinary becomes revered, example: our interaction with life starts feeling like cuddling a pet
Everything feels more alive
Even breathing becomes enjoyable after a while of just following the breath. It becomes almost blissful. But to begin with it might feel boring because we are still too much identified with the mind.
At the inner most point we have detached emotionally from all ideas, even from the idea of being ourselves, of being a body: we become aware of our awareness.

Going out
Becoming more specifically focused
More emotionally attached to thoughts
Two directions: good feeling and not-good-feeling
Momentum builds and eventually we act

When feeling very negative, come in, become generally focused. This is easier than trying to change the negative thought or emotion into a positive one. This doesn’t mean we have to shut our eyes and meditate. Do it anywhere, anytime. From the place of general detached focus we can start building positive mental momentum easily. It is easier to hold the general emotional feeling of the direction you want to focus than to start with the thought first. The thought will develop out of the feeling.

When pondering ideas or solving problems we require the right balance of thinking, going out, and letting go, coming in. It is like a dance of thinking, then observing the ideas the mind presents, guiding them in a direction, letting go and observing, thinking again, and so on. This is why we sometimes get answers while doing something totally unrelated, because of our general focus.

Positive Focus

It’s about focus. Focusing without negative emotion, call it “resistance”. Positive focus. Like laughing is a form of positive tension through focus. Everything is mental focus, for example contracting a muscle. So there is positive and negative focus and these can be distinguished by how they feel to us, emotionally. Interesting to note that laughing, deep breathing, smiling, exercising, reading, all of which have positive effects on the biology, they all have something in common – positive tension through mental focus. Laughing and breathing is tension in the diaphragm as well as other muscles, smiling uses facial muscles… positive tension or positive focus.

People like focusing – Doing work or activities they enjoy. But focus can also be directed to thoughts and emotions instead of on the body or environment. There is something called “flow experiences”. And these are created by focus which then flows from one thing to the next. Sometimes focus is general and sometimes more specific. Take for example the difference in sitting on a chair with proper posture, muscles engaged versus laying on your bed with no muscle tension or focus. We are much more likely to fall asleep in the latter scenario.

Relaxing or being refreshed isn’t all about doing nothing. Positive focus is refreshing and healthy as well. So we can meditate and focus on sensations, or we can become more specific and think about our pet and why we love them. General to specific.

The Institute of Heartmath says we can experience greater synchronicity by taking moments throughout the day, wherever we are, to breath slightly deeper than usual and imaging maybe breathing positivity through the heart/chest area or thinking of someone or something we really appreciate. Positive focus. I have experienced greater flow from one activity to the next by doing simple things such as these. And in the end it brings greater clarity, happiness and a sense of meaning when we are positively engaged.

Youtuber “RedDeltaProject” has an awesome video on the 5 benefits of muscle tension/focus. Abraham Hicks talks a lot on the subject of appreciative/positive focus and aligning with your inner being. The Institute of Heartmath uses technology to monitor heart rhythms to demonstrate greater flow states. It’s all there to investigate, and most of all, to experience.

So next time instead of allowing your mind to wander and imagine negative stories, become aware of it, detach from the negative emotion, and choose an easier, more general positive focus. No use in fighting against your negative imagination, just let it go and something better will appear while you hold yourself in an comfortable positive mind. You can question the negative story and expose the folly/unreality of its origin. But don’t linger on the problem. Use your mind to ease it. Let’s say a someone drove in before you in traffic. You might get angry. Notice. Detach. Be aware of how you are reacting, and maybe your urge to blame them. If you detach and stay positively focused long enough new ideas will arise that will ease your mind such as: I am safe and so are they. They are acting according to their best at this moment. I don’t know the reason for them acting this way and it has nothing to do with me. I wish them well. This was only a reflection of them, but how I react will reflect me. I am part of this experience. No one is doing anything to me, life is merely giving me what I think and believe. And the only way to break negative cycles is to notice the cycle and then react differently. I am not a victim.

Don’t judge yourself for how how you react, for how positive you stay. Just keep doing your best.

Another example: maybe you have an important decision to make. Thinking in the line of “What should I do. How is this going to turn out. This is the pros and cons”. This type of thinking will get you stuck. Focus on your question and then let it be. Know the answer will present itself and that you cannot miss it. Maybe the answer comes immediately or maybe hours or days later. It doesn’t matter. Being in positively focused keeps us open to receive answers and guidance. Haven’t you had answers or ideas “randomly” pop into your mind while you were busy with something totally unrelated.

Born Separate

Birthed into the illusion of separation
Evidently disconnected forms
I hide my fear behind these images
Unable to find its cause

A victim of external circumstances
Mentally deranged
Forgotten source that brought this forth
I’ll blame them instead

In the dimness glimmered truth
An Ego inspired matrix
Where the cause of suffering seems aloof

Look inside
Heart and mind
And discover the root

A currency poorly spent
Misplaced attention on things unwanted
The inner-movie enacted by outer events

Cured of misconception
Forgiveness the lifeline of a fool
Who projected his self-affliction
No longer powerless to overrule

Ego images

Thoughts and the objects of the physical world are both senses. They are different phases of mortal mind/ego. The mortal mind is the image maker who created the illusion of separation from God/Oneness through the images of this world, with all its forms seemingly detached from one another.

God has no perception to give rise to physical senses. Perception dictates experience because what you believe (thoughts) you perceive in the forms of this world. God is knowledge.

Forgiveness is the only perception that leads the way out of perception to knowledge by letting go of negative perceptions.

What we are left with are perceptions (memories, ideas, thoughts) that reflect happiness/Love of God.