Do you struggle to ‘shut off’ your mind?
Well, I have a bit of advice for you: ‘Stop Being A Control Freak’! I don’t say that to be harsh, but I do hope it gets your attention.
I hear people say things like ‘I can’t meditate because my mind won’t shut off’. I tell them that the first thing to learn about meditation is to stop trying to force (or control) everything that is happening within you.
I have seen many people sit down in meditation and try to force their mind to shut off in an attempt to create ‘peaceful, calm and blissful’ feelings. Meditating like this can be an exhausting and frustrating experience.
Most people do experience a deep sense of peace and inner calmness from meditating. However, this is not gained by forcing their mind to shut off.
There is no need to ‘make yourself feel at peace’. There is already a sense of ‘Stillness’ within you, you just need to learn how to access that peacefulness. You are usually moving so swiftly that you have learned to tune it out. Meditation re-trains your mind on how to tap into ‘Stillness’ and allow it to arise.
While in meditation, your mind will naturally wander off at times (often to a sound, a sensation in your body, a thought, etc.). The key is to acknowledge whatever the distraction is and then redirect your mind back to the object of meditation (what you are supposed to be focused on). Again, this takes some training, but it will become easier with time.
Meditating in this way allows you to remain at an equilibrium. Thoughts will still arise, but you learn to acknowledge them and simply move your mind back to where you want it to go. It becomes easier to access that sense of stillness when you meditate in this way.
After your meditation session, your mind will feel clearer and you will be able to focus with much more ease. This is the power of meditation!
Learning how to calm your overactive mind (with ease rather than force), is the third step I teach on my 5 step programme. There are a number of techniques that I teach and I am sure at least one will resonate with you. This can be challenging, but once you get the hang of it, it will transform your meditation journey.
PS: Want to discover more about Calming Your Overactive Mind? You can begin to experience the power of releasing thoughts by joining me for a free Meditation Webinar next Tuesday evening (19 April) at 7:15pm. Click here, to register for the Webinar: Calming Your Overactive Mind (Releasing Thoughts)