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“STILLNESS IS CONCENTRATION AND SILENCE IS MEDITATION”

THESE WORDS BY B.K.S. IYENGAR FROM HIS INVALUABLE “LIGHT ON THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI” TRULY DESCRIBE THE MEANING AND PROCESS OF MEDITATION.

Quieting your mind – “chittavrtti nirodhah” in Sanskrit – is not only a citation from the Sutras but a guidance to a more peaceful life.

How can we achieve this? Many ways have been tried, some successfully, some not. But daily meditation seems to have always been one of proven methods. I feel that finding ten minutes a day for yourself is an achievable task.

But if you do not have time for it, just try going for a quiet walk, by yourself or with the loved one. That works too.

 

The Easiest Way To Quiet Your Mind

Some of us are even unaware of how busy minded we have become. We live with a revved up speed of thought and don’t recognize its significance in our struggles with productivity, procrastination, and relationships.

We sometimes only realize the scale of our mental speed when it slows down enough for us to notice it. Much like hearing a noisy drill on a construction site next to our office, we don’t realize how intrusive and loud it is until it stops momentarily before then starting up again.

We all have an innate pull towards habits and pastimes to help us: holidays, hobbies, yoga, cycling, alcohol, walking, watching movies and our phones! The list is endless.

What if our understanding of having ‘to do’ something in order to quieten our mind becomes the obstacle?

The ‘No Strategy’ Strategy

You’re in the office, feeling stressed, under pressure and your personal chatter is on full volume – you can’t ‘see the wood for the trees’ type of chatter. Out of the blue, you have the thought to go for a walk to clear your head. You don’t really have time for this because you’re up against a deadline. Nevertheless, you go and it works out great; your head clears and you complete your work with ease.

These three common misconceptions are what help to drive a busy mind:

1: That the state of our mind can be affected by anything outside of us.

2: That a still mind is something to work towards, achieve or practice.

3: That the louder the mind becomes the more relevant and worthy of attention it is.

Do Nothing?

When we fall asleep, what are we doing?

Absolutely nothing. The moment we drift from being awake to asleep, we are not trying ‘to do’ anything.

You can’t think your way to a quiet mind! Our mind is designed to thrive and we thrive with a quieter mind. We intuitively know this because it feels good!

It is when we stop trying to manage and control our thinking that our minds have an incredible innate capacity to self-correct. We all have a natural buoyancy to return us to a quiet and clear mind. Much like when we are searching for an answer and then stop trying and bingo the answer appears.

We all have the potential and freedom to access a quiet mind anytime and anywhere. It is our natural state in which we thrive!

There are powerful benefits associated with taking time to relax, meditate, do things you love etc, but that means taking YOU time!

Source: Collective-Evolution.com