Here are 7 powerful ways to stop mind chatter and fill the void with peace. When our mind is at peace, our body is at peace, because we have a mind/body connection, thus we are much healthier without the chatter. These 7 processes have been used down through the ages to create tranquility. Plus they fill the mind with contentment and equilibrium.
Paint the Screen and Find Peace - Another way to stop the mind chatter is to play a mind game such as the following. Imagine yourself sitting in a movie theater where a movie is playing. You notice everything happening on the screen, and then you take a big breath and walk up to the screen. Then you take a bucket full of black paint and with a big brush start painting the screen black. And when you have the whole screen painted black, you go back to your seat and notice all the noise and all the images are gone… the only thing left is peace.
Create Loving Input - If we eat something that is not good for our body we end up with diarrhea. The same goes for our mind, if we constantly take in a stream of agitating information, of visual processes such as violence on TV and other stimuli like computers, texting, and loud distracting music… we end up with a mind full of chatter. But if we feed our body soothing and nutritious food which is healthy we feel great, and thus we have energy and stamina. The same goes for the mind, if we fill our mind with uplifting loving images, and read relaxing soothing books, and listen to relaxing music the mind/body becomes very peaceful. Thus it’s vitally important that we pick and choose what we watch, read, and listen too every day.
Watch from a Distance and Find Peace - When we were kids we would sit down and watch the clouds roll by, and we would try to make our shapes and forms that looked like animals and airplanes and other things. But after a while I was able to let go of judgement and just watch as a silent observer. Or I could be looking over a beautiful pond, noticing mayflies dipping down dimpling the surface as trout feed on them. At first I would try to think about what was going on, but then I would relax and just watch in awe. This is another way to stop the chatter. Just imagine a peaceful situation, a silent scene, and become the observer.
Create a Choice - If your mind chatter gets out of control there is also the ability to say to yourself “I have the power of choice and I choose peace instead of this” and take 20 big breaths and allow all that chatter to slow down with each and every breath. By the end of the 20th breath all the chatter will be gone.
Listen to Your Heart - Most mind chatter happens because we focus on the outer world… and that becomes a huge habit. Most people don’t go inward, it’s easier to focus on what’s happening in the world. Try this, take a deep breath and feel your heart beating, then take another deep breath and again listen to your heart beating. Repeat this process 30 times, with each breath it become a little easier to focus on the beating of your heart. And sooner or later you stop breathing deep, and start focusing on your heart beat for longer periods of time. This is another way to stop mind chatter.
It’s Easy to Surrender - Most people try to force their mind to stop thinking, and that doesn’t work at all, in fact the mind needs to keep thinking, but it needs to be focused on something peaceful. And instead of making the mind stop it’s all about surrender. Try this - just sit and close your eyes and watch all the thoughts that are going through your head. Just observe, be there, don’t judge the thoughts, just notice them, and also notice that sooner or later each thought starts to fade away. In fact all thoughts fade away sooner or later. Just surrender to the process and watch the thoughts and notice that each one has a finite amount of time. And be OK with whatever amount of time that will be, just notice each thought, be there with each thought, and accept each thought, and know that sooner or later each thought will fade away… they always do. This is another way to stop mind chatter.
Recite a Little Saying - There are many ways to stop mind chatter and one of the best is to use a prayer, a mantra, or a short saying that one can repeat over and over again silently in their mind… thus filling the void whenever the mind is chattering. Perhaps the Lords Prayer, or a passage from the the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, or quote from Lao Tzu, or anything else which creates peace. Also breathe deep while reciting the passage also helps to relax the body. And this short passage can be recited all day long, anytime the mind is not busy being used. Also prayer beads can be used at the same time, with each bead the passage can be recited silently again and again and thus peace becomes the norm.
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist
This information is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
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