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Does the Mind Have to Work Harder to Not Think ?

17 Oct


Belleruth, I have a hard time with meditation. Does the mind have to work harder to NOT think?



Dear Emilio.  For some, the prospect of clearing the mind is so daunting that they don’t even try, and just use guided imagery instead – considered by some to be the “Lazy Man’s Meditation”. That’s fine – guided imagery will yield the same or very similar benefits as mindfulness meditation.

But this would be a good time to point out that we are incapable of NOT thinking, and meditation doesn’t ask this of us.   We’re not supposed to empty our minds so much as be aware of everything that’s going on in them. 

Check out this terrific explanation by Marsha Lucas on

. It will put to rest your reservations about this, and you may want to give it a try after all.

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award