It’s a No-Brainer?
Humans are thinking creatures. That is perhaps the most fundamental way to describe our species. However, in our daily lives, our thinking can become fragmented, disjointed, and chaotic.
We live in a hectic, pressured world and are pulled from one task to another. Regardless of whether we’re relaxing, working, studying, or simply enjoying peace and quiet, we are interrupted, all the time.
Our thoughts stay incomplete and many of our tasks are diverted before we can finish them. There’s always a backlog of something to do. There is a way to unify our thinking, but it’s not intuitive and it goes against the grain for many people.
The way to think more clearly is to take about ten minutes a few times a day and stop thinking at all
To say, “Quieten our minds” is very nearly to say, “stop existing” for many people, as they confuse their thoughts and thought processes with the essence of who they are. Are we really the tumult of mostly incomplete thoughts that we live with during our day-to-day lives?
Not at all. Ideally, we should define our thoughts, not the other way ‘round! So many of our thoughts arise from the necessity to plan, to act, to do. The essence of us lies deeper under that busy, busy cacophony of voices that tumble around in our heads.
However, the only way to gain access to that deeper core is to take a little time and allow our minds to still, even if it means gently silencing our running mental commentary.
When we are quiet in our minds, when our thoughts stop, we don’t cease to exist. This type of pause allows the inner aspects of our minds to organize, arrange and rebuild our mental capacity, to sharpen the knife of the mind that so much use has dulled. Another benefit of a quietened mind is how well it prepares us to meditate.
Don’t confuse a quiet mind with running on autopilot. A quiet mind is still active, still processing. With a quiet mind, you’re still accomplishing your daily work.
You haven’t become a hermit on a high mountain. In fact, you’re going to be far more attuned to the really important things that need you, all of you to be right there in the present moment!
Just think of how much more effective you’re going to be in all life’s circumstances without all that jumble of interrupted thoughts running through your head all the time.
Over the coming weeks, I shall be posting articles on how to start to meditate and how to quiet your mind. If you haven’t already done so, sign up to the newsletter below and be sure not to miss a post.