“I can’t shut my mind off”. “I lay awake thinking of all the things I need to do”. “My busy mind stresses me out”. I have heard some version of these statements from my Reiki clients all month. In this day and age it really is no surprise, right? Twenty-four hour everything and technology that fits in our pocket and goes with us everywhere are constant distractions. Add our daily lifestyles of work, gym, family, friends and it can make the mind positively RACE.
The stress caused by a constantly working mind will eventually take its toll on your health and your quality of life. Quieting the mind is a way to practice self-care and increase your well-being. If you want to reach your goals and/or fulfill your dreams, it starts at home. Meaning, you must take care of yourself. When you are living a life of happiness and health, you can start to switch the focus from yourself to that of others. Contributing to the well-being of others is so rewarding, and can have far reaching impacts in your community and the world. Now let’s look at some tips to help tame that mind…
1. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF YOURSELF AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS.
In short, we have collectively created the mass disorder and confusion we observe around us on a daily basis with our thoughts. We have all allowed negative thinking to prevail for many millennia, so the physical world is merely a product of our thoughts. By simply shifting your focus to what makes you happy, or what you’re thankful for, you can start to retrain your mind to think more positively. Consequently, you will start to feel more peaceful since you no longer put so much emphasis on the negativity you perceive within yourself and elsewhere.
Remember, energy flows where attention goes – you can achieve peace by creating awareness behind your thoughts.
2. REPEAT PEACEFUL WORDS TO YOURSELF THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY.
Pay attention to your brain at this very moment…what kinds of thoughts do you observe? Most likely, you will notice that the majority of your thoughts center around what you have to do today, or what someone said that made you angry, or even degrading thoughts about yourself. Don’t feel bad, though; with so much negativity around us, maintaining a consistent positive mindset isn’t always easy. However, you can actually counter the negative, stress-inducing thoughts with simple, peaceful words.
Anytime you feel a bout of anxiety coming on, introduce calming words into your awareness, such as: Tranquil. Calm. Peaceful. Serenity. Light. Love. Relaxing. Breeze. Beach. The last two words in the sequence describe scenery, which you can do as well if it makes you feel peaceful. Words carry a lot of meaning and power, so use them to your advantage whenever you feel stressed out.
3. MEDITATE ON A REGULAR BASIS.
…When you meditate, you stop the flow of thoughts bombarding your consciousness every second, and instead move into a space where stillness takes precedence. While you don’t have to turn off your brain to meditate, many people feel that their thoughts slow down incredibly, and they can observe themselves much easier with controlled breaths and closed eyes. Meditation simply brings awareness into the body, and makes it much easier to cope with daily challenges.
If you want to cultivate more peace in your mind and life, start meditating, or sitting quietly focusing on nothing but your breath for at least ten minutes a day on a daily basis. You will find that adopting a more peaceful mindset becomes much more attainable.
4. LIVE IN THE HERE AND NOW.
Forget about the errands you have to run tomorrow after work, or the bills you have to pay next week, or the uncertainty of your future that you haven’t even gotten to yet. When you let thoughts like these ruminate, it can cause great dis-ease within the body, and even lead to anxiety, depression, chronic stress, and other serious problems. Most anxiety is caused by simply living in a time other than the one we have right now, so bring yourself back to the present whenever you feel your thoughts taking you elsewhere.
By allowing yourself to flow from one moment to the next, just as you did as a child, you will recapture what it means to feel true peace.
5. LEAVE THE CITY FOR A WHILE AND RECONNECT WITH NATURE.
This could mean going on your lunch break in a nearby park, or going on a vacation to get away from the stress of daily life. Anything you can do to strengthen your bond with nature will greatly benefit your mind, and help you remember that we create most stress we feel in our mind and body. We originated in a place of pure harmony, and most of what we see around us is just a very persistent illusion. Remember that nature doesn’t struggle through life, and you don’t have to, either. Don’t get too caught up with the trivial matters of the material world, because you won’t find peace in numbers or possessions.
Truthfully, peace resides within your heart already, but Mother Earth can help you remember this by providing solace from the strains of modern society.