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Palisades Park Meditation Center Says: Toss Negative Thoughts

Blake Guss with a diagram of the meditation.
Blake Guss with a diagram of the meditation. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule

PALISADES PARK, NJ -- Shifting from the commonly used focus on breathing, a local medication center plans to challenge participants tonight to visualize themselves throwing their troubles away.

“Your mind is like a jail, and you have to find freedom,” said Blake Guss, a "helper" with New Jersey Meditation in Palisades Park. "Once you get out of that mental recording of life, you become the perspective of the universe."

Participants are urged to imagine themselves carrying their troubles to a trash can and discarding them, through what is known as the "subtraction method" established by Woo Myung of South Korea.

In this way, Guss said, you purge negative thoughts and emotions instead of suppressing them.

“You look back on an entire life,” he said. “You are incomplete and have to become complete. You stop worrying about the past.”

A Philadelphia native who was raised Jewish, Guss said his parents' divorce left him resentful and confused about his identity.

He tried advertising but lacked confidence, so he turned to church, self-help books and other techniques before discovering subtraction.

He's since made it through the program's seven levels of mastery.

“I didn’t know it was possible until I actually finished it,” Guss said. “It’s exercise for the mind.”

The center, which also has locations in Lyndhurst and Teaneck, has welcomed students, nurses, real state agents, teachers -- even a professional comedian, Guss said.

It offers paid early morning and late evening sessions weekdays and weekends.

Tonight's 7 p.m. open session, on the second floor of 258 Broad Ave., is free.

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