The Yes Meditation: How To Empower Yourself To Be Awesome

By Seamus Anthony

During my meditation this morning, I tapped into an energy which was really empowering and blissful.

I was sitting there, watching my mind, just being aware of my thoughts, waiting for them to settle down, when I caught myself thinking negatively. And I was suddenly struck, not for the first time, by how deeply negative my “tapes” are sometimes (all the time? Not sure…). The truth is, even though I am a relatively positive-minded guy, certainly inherently optimistic, I still regularly think things and then just quickly negate them. I usually do this without being conscious that I am doing it.

Over the last couple of years, due to my work with Tarot and my meditation and personal development work, I have become aware of this and have made some inroads into catching myself playing these negative tapes in my mind and, when I do notice I’m doing it, transmuting the thought into its positive opposite. I think it has had a remarkable affect in my wellbeing.

But I have not yet completely quashed the bad habit, and today, as I was settling into a meditation, I suddenly caught myself thinking: “Oh no, I couldn’t do that, that’s not me. No, that’s not possible” in response to some creative thought that had popped into my mind just prior.

So to counter-act this I just started meditating in the energy of “Yes” and it was awesome.

How To Do The Yes Meditation

It’s laughably simple but it worked so well for me. All I did was start repeating: “Yes, I am…” and then filling in the blanks with whatever came to mind.  I kind of imagined I was in a meditation class – a really weird meditation class – where everyone in the circle was me! And our teacher had asked us to go around the circle repeating and finishing off the statement with whatever came up.

“Yes, I am … awesome”

“Yes, I am … capable.”

“Yes, I am … loveable.”

“Yes, I am … wonderfully successful.”

“Yes, I am … going to have a great day.”

Just whatever positive stuff came up. (Writing now, I wonder what would have happened in that imaginary class if I’d come up with something bummed out like “Yes, I am a total loser” but that didn’t happen.)

It was fantastically empowering. And I am going to do it regularly because I think we all owe it to ourselves to reprogram our negative sub-conscious programming. It’s not just self-help hocus-pocus, it’s a very real influence on our conscious state of mind and day-to-day experiences of wellbeing. It takes self-discipline and work to fix our minds, but we can do it.

The Yes Toilet Practice

So here’s the practice in two steps:

1 – Do the Yes Meditation regularly. But probably not on the toilet, refer to next step for explanation of the above toilet reference.

2 – Try and catch yourself repeating those subterranean negative programs, that limiting self-talk, and deliberately affirm the positive opposite.

A good time is when you are on the toilet.

I know that sounds weird but often it’s one of the few times we get any peace, and so when I enter the little room, I like to take a deep breathe and, you know, release, and sort of hear my own thinking. Often, I will then realise that I have been neurotically repeating negative bullshit thoughts to myself. When I this happens, I clock what it is I was saying, what negative thought I was affirming and I overwrite it by simply repeating the positive opposite a few times while I finish my business.

Hi, I'm Seamus Anthony. I am an author, artist and musician from Australia. Here at Rebel Zen, I document my journey as an creative artist and human and in doing so, hopefully help you in your own progress through your life of creativity. Go get your free E-book by me: "Taming The Monkey Mind".

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  1. Seamus,

    I like the idea of the yes meditation. I’ll try it, but the main reason I came to the site is that I’ve just finished Taming the Monkey Mind and thought it was brilliant. You nailed that idea and the personal examples you use completely clarify the issues and struggles one faces when one challenges the monkey mind.

    I might suggest, however, that you consider leaving out what you say on page 32 “We Do Not Matter A Jot.” You say this with the same conviction you say everything else, but this is something you don’t know for sure. It’s not like your actual experience with the monkey mind.

    If at some point you’re looking for a different perspective on our significance in the larger picture, take a look at the youtube videos of Tom Campbell. He’s got more than 200 and since he’s a physicist and mystic, some of them are pretty abstract, but you could start with something like this:

    And even if he doesn’t speak to you know, maybe he will at some point.

    In any case, I wanted to say I think Taming the Monkey Mind is first rate and it has helped me immensely.

    Thank you so much.

    Susan Adrian
    I’ll do a little proof reading and let you know what I find.

    • Thanks Susan, I will check out Tom Campbell stuff. Thanks for the proof reading offer, it is much needed, I admit 🙂
      Glad you enjoyed the book, means a lot to me.

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