By Remez Sasson
Why should you want to calm your mind?
- Do you have fears and doubts that cause you to suffer?
- Do you have difficulties falling asleep at night?
- Do certain thoughts keep obsessing your mind, giving you no rest?
- Do you get agitated in every situation?
- Do you have difficulties focusing your mind?
If you experience any of the above situations, then you certainly need to learn how to calm your mind.
Frantic thinking, restless thoughts, impatience, fears and worries cause lack of inner peace, lack of concentration and the inability to think clearly. This leads to making errors, confusion, the inability to make decisions and to failure.
If you want to achieve more in life, you must know how to calm your mind, so that you stay focused and think clearly.
How to calm your mind:
Spend time doing something you love
Find some time each day to do something you love doing, such as a hobby, reading, listening your favorite music, etc.
Spend quiet time alone
Find the time to be alone, to relax your body and mind, even only for a few minutes if you cannot afford more. Give yourself some time for reflection, meditation or any activity that relaxes, such as yoga, Tai Chi, or walking on the beach or in the forest.
Use positive words or language
Your words affect your subconscious mind, your behavior and how think and feel. Develop the habit of using positive words and positive language both externally, when talking to others, and internally, in your inner talks. Using positive words and language would help your get rid of feelings of discontent, unhappiness and negative attitude, which lead to lack of inner peace. Positive words and language would increase your self confidence, self esteem, and decisiveness, and drive away thoughts and attitude that lead to lack of inner peace.
Try to be more aware of the words you say, and work at replacing negative words and language with positive words and language.
Change the DVD in your mind
What kind of pictures and images occupy your mind? Are they pictures and images of problems, difficulties, failure or disaster? Such pictures and images deprive you of inner peace, but you can change them with a little effort. It is like ejecting the DVD that runs in your mind and putting there a new one. Every time negative pictures and mental images appear in your mind, replace them with pictures and images of success, happiness and joy. Be patient, as this might take some time and effort.
Avoid mental pictures and images that are upsetting, and which cause apprehensiveness, worry fear and negative feelings.
Breathe deeply a few times when in stress.
Exercise your body
Exercising your body improves your health and mental attitude, making you more positive, focused and relaxed.
One of the best ways to calm your mind is meditation. Even a few minutes a day would help, if you meditate regularly. Any sort of meditation would do. You can try the watching thoughts meditation.
Being out in nature has a great relaxing effect. Trees, lakes, streams, the sea, sunrise and sunset are naturally relaxing and calming. Watching them can make you feel calm, happy and serene.
For a complete program teaching how to calm the mind and enjoy inner peace in your everyday life, read Peace of Mind in Daily Life.