A website visitor has recently asked the following question:
“So you are saying once our mind is cleared, we start experiencing inner peace, but what is the most important thing to do to clear your mind? I have read a lot at many websites, but still can’t understand the subject.”
There is no instant inner peace. To attain and enjoy inner peace, inner work and effort are required, but not everyone is willing to invest the necessary time and energy in this project.
There are various ways to clear the mind of thoughts, some do so temporarily, and other develop a real ability to empty the mind of thoughts.
In this article, I would like to point to methods that lead to developing a real ability to empty the mind of thoughts. You will find links, leading to detailed information.
The practice of special concentration exercise improve the ability to focus the mind on one single thought or subject and reject unrelated thoughts. This ability helps you gain the skill of opening or closing the mind at will to the constant flow of thoughts.
The power of concentration is the switch that control thoughts and attention. With this ability well-developed, you can switch your mind on and off.
In meditation, you use the skills gained through the development of the power of concentration. Meditation teaches your mind to be calm and empty of thoughts, while remaining fully conscious. There are many forms of meditation, which all help clear the mind of thoughts, and which ultimately lead to the ability to meditate without thoughts.
Without some inner detachment there is no inner peace. You need to learn not to be disturbed easily by what people say or do, and not to let your emotions rule your life. I am not talking about being indifferent and uncaring. It might seem a paradox, but you can be compassionate, helpful and full of love, and at the same time display inner detachment. It is a mental attitude which leads to common sense, better judgement, more understanding and inner peace.
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