How to Distinguish the Difference Between a Directive and a Distraction

Something I emphasize in my teachings as a mentor and coach is the power of meditation and the importance of tapping into your intuition for guidance. The problem is that while so much information comes to us through spirit — especially during quiet moments like meditation — it’s not always easy to determine whether something you’re feeling/understanding is actually the best next move, or if it’s something you’re using to procrastinate or distract yourself from your mission.

For years now, I’ve been practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) which teaches you that the thoughts that come to you during your meditation sessions are simply a part of the process, not necessarily information downloads that you need to act upon. According to the teaching, you’re not supposed to pay attention to the thoughts. You just let them happen.

This was something that was different for me. I’d been meditating before I came to TM, and I used to believe that if a thought came to me during my practice, it was a sign that I was meant to follow through on it. But in TM, they teach you that isn’t the case. The thoughts are part of the meditation process, but they aren’t necessarily the end game.

So now, when a thought comes up for me in meditation that feels important and powerful, like it’s something I should definitely follow through on, I give myself — and the thought — some space and time before I act. I’ll write it down and wait to see if it sticks with me or comes back up in future meditations. Most of the time, the thoughts visit me briefly and then pass through and keep on going, which is how I know they were most likely “bright, shiny objects” that would have just been distracting me from my higher purpose. However, the ones that do stick and keep coming back up … those are the ones I know I’m supposed to follow through on.

One goal of Transcendental Meditation is to improve inner peace and wellness, and by keeping myself grounded around those thoughts that come up for me, I’m able to avoid the stress that comes from feeling I have to act on everything that arises during my practice. And when I do decide to act, I know I’ve made my decision thoughtfully and consciously, with the knowledge that I’ve done everything I know to do to make sure I’m making my next best move.

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