RX for Emotional Health
Meta-cognition means to think about one’s thinking. When was the last time you took pause to ask yourself why you think the way that you do? Why do you have a particular thought? When we become aware of the root of our feelings our self-understanding deepens. Through meta-cognition we can begin to decipher where fear and anxiety contribute to our lack of peace and create “dis” ease—literally and figuratively.
How is it that we don’t know ourselves? Have I not lived with myself for the span of my life?
We live in an era where downtown is filled with mind-numbing activities, TV, Internet, movies, etc…and so we do not often reflect on our own thinking.
How do we combat this “dis” ease of living out of touch with ourselves? How do we live in accordance with who we are?
Like anything, learning to read, riding a bike, mastering a new recipe—it takes time. We must practice knowing ourselves. We must spend time with ourselves learning to meta-cognate on our thinking.
Discover what you really want. Become your authentic self! Be happy. Be free. Practice--try sitting still and looking deep within.
Try to understand where your thoughts originate. Where did I get the idea that I am not enough? When you find the root of your own self-negativity, try replacing those thoughts with these uplifting aspirations:
“I aspire to think this way. I am examining my own thinking. I am in a state of meta cognition on my negative thoughts and I choose to replace them with the following aspirations:
May I be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit.
May I be safe and free from injury.
May I be free from anger, afflictions, fear and anxiety.
May I learn to look at myself with eyes of understanding and love.
May I be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy within myself.
May I learn to identify and see the sources of anger, craving and delusion in myself.
-Thich Nhat Hahn
Looking deeply in ourselves and replacing our normal thoughts with these aspirations for our day will help each of us to gain a deeper understanding of our own meta-cognition. When we can identify where our thoughts come from, we can replace them with healthier loving aspirations for ourselves.