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Most forms of meditation involve clearing the mind of thoughts that might be disturbing or distracting in order to establish a connection to the higher self. While these forms of meditation might be helpful to some people, others need a more focused form of meditation to free their minds of needless clutter. While this can seem conflicting, there is a lot of evidence showing this form of mediation can help countless people cut through the confusion and focus their goals.

Evaluating Your Thoughts

In some ways, analytical meditation is similar to the type of counseling people undergoing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) are exposed to. Patients are led to examine the ways in which they think and how it might be causing them to behave. Then they are encouraged to change beliefs or ways of thinking that are not backed by evidence or are otherwise unreasonable. It’s the same kind of principle with analytical meditation, except it’s all done alone.

A Chance for Self Examination

When practicing analytical meditation, a relaxed state is achieved in order to closely examine negative feelings and emotions. The idea is to let these wash over you and to try to pinpoint their root causes. For example, feelings of anger are often the result of feeling threatened in some way. However, some feelings are conjured up for the right reasons, but the reasons for them might not be clearly understood. It takes determination and strength to admit to where these feelings are coming from and to seek to keep them from being stirred up for the wrong reasons.

You Don’t Have to Be Buddhist

Although the Dalai Lama is an advocate of this form of meditation, you don’t have to be Buddhist to benefit from it. However, it does necessitate a genuine desire to improve yourself; not just for yourself, but also for the benefit of others. Closely examining the emotions that are stirred up when thinking about certain individuals, for example, can tell you a lot about yourself if you are willing to be honest about it.

Often times, a change in attitude is all it takes to dissolve the tension between two individuals that resulted from a lack of understanding or consideration for the other person. Analytical meditation can help clear up the confusion and put people back on track.