What are intrusive thoughts?
Intrusive thoughts during meditation can be a little bit of a challenge, but they’re also a great opportunity to learn more about yourself.
For starters, let’s define intrusive thoughts. Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that pop up in your head that you didn’t intentionally think about. They can be thoughts about anything – from something you did earlier in the day to something you’re worried about for the future.
Intrusive thoughts are normal and can happen during any activity that requires focus, including meditation. The key is not to get wrapped up in the thoughts themselves.
When intrusive thoughts pop up during meditation, the best thing to do is to notice them and then let them go. Don’t try to suppress them or analyze them. Just notice them and then move on.
Intrusive thoughts can be a great way to learn more about yourself. By noticing the thoughts that pop up during meditation, you can start to become more aware of the thoughts that tend to dominate your mind.
This can be helpful because it can give you a better understanding of what’s going on in your head and it can also help you to become more mindful of your thoughts.
Intrusive thoughts can also be a sign that you’re pushing yourself too hard during meditation. If you find that intrusive thoughts are constantly popping up, it might be a sign that you need to take a break and relax a bit.
Intrusive thoughts are normal, and they can actually be helpful in some ways. Just remember to not get wrapped up in the thoughts themselves and to let them go.
How to avoid intrusive thoughts during meditation
Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that pop into your head during meditation that you didn’t invite. They can be thoughts about anything – your day, what you need to do later, or something you wish you hadn’t done.
The important thing is not to judge yourself for having these thoughts. The more you judge yourself, the more likely you are to get caught up in the thoughts and have a hard time letting them go.
The key to dealing with intrusive thoughts during meditation is to simply acknowledge them and then let them go. Don’t try to suppress them or get rid of them. Just let them float on by.
If you find that intrusive thoughts are keeping you from focusing on your meditation, you may want to try focusing on your breath instead. Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply, and focus on the feeling of the air moving in and out of your lungs. This can help you to focus on your breath and ignore the thoughts that are trying to distract you.
It can take a little practice, but eventually you’ll learn to let go of the thoughts and focus on your meditation.