Overcoming Nonstop Thinking
By Remez Sasson
Are you aware that your mind is constantly occupied with thoughts?
Are you aware that your thoughts always demand your attention and dictate your behavior?
- Do you sometimes feel that your mind is going to explode from nonstop thinking?
- Can you focus your attention on what you are doing at any moment?
- Is your attention constantly distracted by all kinds of thoughts?
Do you sometimes wish your mind could just stop thinking for a little while, and let you enjoy some rest and peace?
You can learn to overcome your nonstop thinking and control your attention. Like an engine, your mind has to rest, from time to time, in order to recharge itself and your body.
The mind often, looks like a cluttered room, with no free space and no place to move. When you empty your room it will look bigger and tidier, and it will be more pleasant to be there. So it is with your mind. Remove the clutter - the unnecessary thoughts, the worries and the fears, and your life would look happier and brighter.
You are probably not always aware of the restlessness of your mind, because this became a habit, and you got accustomed to it. However, if you watch your mind, you will see thoughts coming and going, occupying your mind every moment of the day, spending up mental and emotional energy, and sometimes, making your head ache.
Tension, strain, and pressure at work and at home, make the mind even more restless.
Problems, difficulties, fears, worries and hurt feelings increase even more the mental restlessness and lack of inner peace. This makes you more acutely aware of the multitude of thoughts coming into your mind.
It is during such times that you desperately feel the need for inner peace and freedom endless thinking.
When you need to focus your attention, study or meditate, you are again confronted with thoughts that swarm into your mind, disturbing and distracting your attention.
This also happens when you are worried, angry, or emotionally excited. You feel unable to stop the flow of thoughts and emotions that prevent clear thinking, calmness and self-control.
During such times, you just want to scream at the mind to stop thinking. You feel that your mind has broken any control and barriers, and that it is working on its own, sometimes to your detriment. It is like being helpless in a rudderless boat in the midst of the ocean.
It is in times of worry, stress, fear and strain that inner peace of mind is greatly desired and appreciated. Actually, inner peace and freedom from restless thinking is a great boon at anytime, and everywhere. It makes you happier, stronger, more confident and happy.
Imagine how it would be to live your life, work, interact with people, read, watch TV, travel or do anything else, without thoughts and worries claiming your attention.
Just think how your concentration would become stronger and your five senses sharper!
Just imagine how your understanding, comprehension, awareness and intuition will increase!
There are no short cuts to overcoming nonstop thinking and lack of inner peace. The aim is not to stunt your mind, through hypnosis or subliminal programming, but to gain real inner peace, which you can enjoy while staying active, pursuing your goals, and while handling efficiently and peacefully your daily affairs of life.
Everything worth having requires work and effort. You cannot become a pilot, an Olympic champion or an engineer by listening to a CD, hypnotizing yourself, or saying a few magic words. Developing inner abilities, such as calming down your mind, is no different.
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