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Watching Thoughts and Being More Mindful

Watching Thoughts and Being More Mindful

If you observe what is going on in your mind, you will discover that Thoughts keep pouring into your mind and memories keep welling up.

For hours, and sometimes days, you go on thinking about things that people said about you, discussing them in your mind, and sometimes, reaching completely wrong conclusions.

You dwell on hurt feelings, real or imaginary, and let mental images of fear, failure, and problems arise in your mind.

Do you recognize this situation? Do you like it?

Our minds and thoughts carry us away, distract our attention, and constantly pull us here and there.

Our thoughts are like a butterfly that flies from one flower to the next, never being still more than for a few seconds.

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This situation distracts our attention, wastes our time and energy, makes us tired mentally and physically, and brings stress and strain.

How can we change this situation?

We can do so by observing our thoughts as if from the outside. We need to observe them without judgment or getting emotionally involved with them. This might be challenging, but it becomes possible with some training and perseverance.

We can transform our minds by becoming more mindful and attentive to what goes on inside our minds. We need to develop the skill of watching our thoughts and feelings without following them, It is also essential to develop a certain degree of detachment.

Doing so will free us from the constant mental chatter that occupies the mind and strengthen our control over our mind.

Watching Thoughts and Being Mindful

We need to learn to observe our thoughts with calmness and tranquility.

Here is a simple exercise to learn to watch your thoughts:

  1. Try to be attentive to what is going on inside your mind.
  2. Watch the state of your mind and your emotions when talking with people. Ask yourself why you should let their thoughts and emotions affect you.
  3. Realize that you don’t always have to react impulsively or automatically to thoughts, words, and actions. You can learn to choose your reactions.
  4. By watching your thoughts, you will not be so compelled to be carried away by every thought that enters your mind.
  5. Watching your thoughts as they enter and occupy your mind brings calmness and inner peace into your mind.

You might like reading Watching Thoughts Meditation.

Excerpts from the Book on Inner Peace About the Mind

Here are two excerpts from the book Inner Peace in the Busy Daily Life relating to this topic:

First excerpt

“The mind is a wonderful tool, much more sophisticated and powerful than the most advanced computer or software, but too often it is undisciplined and impatient.

It is usually quite restless and cannot stand still for a moment. This is why it is so difficult for most people to concentrate their attention on one thought or subject for more than a short moment.

No wonder the mind has been compared to a monkey because it jumps from one thought to another, just like a monkey that jumps from one branch to another.”

Second excerpt

“You can learn to stay calm and relaxed and prevent undesirable emotions and thoughts from affecting you without your control or consent.

You can learn to listen peacefully to people recounting their problems or painful stories without feeling tense, without getting emotionally agitated, and without letting the other person’s emotional state affect you.

This technique is called detachment.”

Calm Down the Chatter of Your Mind

Free your mind from endless thinking!
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