Do You Really Want To Calm And Quiet Your Mind?
Today we are going to talk about the paradox of calming and quieting your mind. What is it and how can it help you to ultimately have more of what YOU want in life?
Before we get started, let’s do a quick self evaluation.
For the next 5 seconds you’re doing to quiet your mind and be completely present, being no-one and having no thoughts.
[Pause for 5 seconds.]
Now, from 1 to 10 how present were you? 1 is not at all and 10 is completely present, calm mind, thinking of nothing.
If you’re like most people, you were somewhere in the middle.
Wouldn’t that be great to improve this? Yeah, I thought so too.
I teach this material and my mind isn’t completely present and connected ALL the time.
But I do have a method that is really quick and simple to do that really helps.
Before I do, let me share the paradox of quieting your mind.
The paradox is that you can’t think your way to a quiet mind.
I remember when I was with a young woman named Daniela. Wonderful soul. But you could feel the stress, the worry, the mental wheels turning.
She was physically there, but her mind was 2,000 miles away.
So I said to her, “Daniela, I need you here, present with me.”
I guided her to breath with me, gaze in my eyes, and to place her attention completely on the moment, letting all the thoughts of yesterday or later dissolve naturally.
The more present she became the more her light illuminated and the happier and more energized she felt.
She was trying to think her way to a calm mind – by thinking through each one of the imagined issues she had and solving them so that …
Finally she could be present and calm.
This morning when I was in the Uber on my way to my favorite breakfast place in front of the Amazon river where they have unlimited acai, I had all kinds of thoughts running through my mind.
As I write this, not a long time later, I can’t remember even one of them.
Let me share with you the trick I used. It’s real easy and has made a big impact in my life and all I’ve shared it with.
As I relaxed in the back seat of the Uber, I started to think of all kinds of things in the future and past. Yet, I desired to be even more present and relaxed.
So I closed my eyes and I visualized a chest.
The chest was big, strong, elegant and the top of the chest was open.
Today I visualized a rather large chest because I had so many thoughts racing through my head.
I placed all the thoughts into the chest.
I visualized as if each thought was its own energy ball or entity going into the chest.
I also identified where the thoughts were most intense in my mind or around my body and directed them to the chest.
Within about 30 seconds, I visualized that the chest closed, and pushed off into the distance.
And I felt a sense of calm, presence, and calm and quiet mind.
So, try it out and let me know how it works for you!