How To Quiet A Mind
In my previous blog posts, I have explained about the power of NOW and how to control our mind. And I have also shared about what is no mind state and how to use your mind. Remember you are not the mind.
If you have missed out my previous blog posts, you might like to check them out as follows:
Free Yourself From Your Mind
How to practice a no mind state. Start by spending some time with yourself only everyday.
You can try the below few ways to help to quiet your mind. Try to keep your attention away from your thought during the process by putting your attention at the right place instead.
Because once you keep a distance from your thought and not putting attention on it, it will disappear as time go by.
In The Nature
Go for a walk in the nature. The moment you step into the nature, you can start to feel the different. Nature has a high vibration energy which can help to raise your frequency.
Just feel the breeze, smell the green and the fresh air, feel with your heart the trees, the leaves, the plants, the flowers with the touch of your hands. See the sky and clouds and observe how the clouds are being form.
Pay attention to the nature and how they look. You will start to aware there are other lives’ creature in the nature like worms, butterflies, birds, bees and more. Listening to the birds and seeing all these lives creatures will help to make you feel alive again!
Remember to keep your attention on the nature and how you feel. No thought and judgment. No need to give label to what you see, hear or feel. Just simply be present, be there and enjoy life.
Aware of Your Breathing
By being in the present, moment and NOW, will free yourself from your mind. One of the fastest way to pull yourself back to the present moment is by being aware of your breathing.
How many of you are aware that you are breathing? Yes, our body automatically will know when to breath in and when to breath out. We have become taking for granted of it as it’s so naturally.
We forget that we are alive because we are breathing until one day we couldn’t breath, then we realize how important is our breath and yet we never pay much attention to it.
When you get caught up in your mind, you are actually not aware that you are breathing. When you are conscious enough that you are in the present, pay attention to your breathing. Observe it.
You will realize that when you are under stress or bad mood, your breathing is shallow. But when you are relaxed and happy, your breathing is deeper.
So keep focusing on your breath every moment if possible to keep you remain in the present moment. And the moment you realize your breathing turn shallow, quickly do something to it to make the shift back.
Sharing My Experience
I would like to share one of my life experience. In a past when I were working in a job, I were so busy and stress up everyday and one day I suddenly realize I were catching for my breath because I’m not breathing and I thought I’m almost die.
I have a shocked why I have such experience. My mind was so much involved in the work that I want to finish them fast that I can forget to breath. I suspect the breath has turned so shallow to a state that it stop.
This is an awakening to me. I start to question myself is it the kind of life I want? Work stressfully until late hour every weekday and then go back home to have dinner and sleep. I start to realize life is more than work. I quit the job because it’s not helping me in my well-being but instead it is slowly destroying me.
I have written a blog post – The Importance Of Breath In Yoga, which might help you to have a better understanding the importance and benefits of breathing.
There is a yoga breathing technique – Alternate Nostril Breathing, I would love to share with you to help to quiet your mind when you need too.
Whenever I feel stress, I stop whatever I’m doing and do this breathing technique. It works for me. I have a blog post on this breathing technique that you might like to check it out HERE.
Move Your Body
This whole universe is made up of energy. Everything is energy including you and me! You need to move your body in order to get the energy flow inside.
This explain why you always feel good after an exercise workout. As long as you get your body move, you can do Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, dance, and any exercises or games that help you keep your mind focus. All these activities not only help to keep your energy flow and it can help to free yourself from your mind.
I have a reader who share with me that he goes running to help to bring himself to no mind state. Just use whatever work for you and that you enjoy doing.
While I myself enjoy doing yoga. I enjoy the after effect feel from the practice. Yoga is about the union of the body, mind and soul.
Initially I don’t really quite understand what does it mean until I have a great experience after practice for a few years.
Sharing My Experience
At that time, I were holding at a yoga pose – The Proud Warrior, during a yoga session and I just suddenly have a break through.
Instead of struggling while holding at the pose, I just suddenly stop the feeling of struggle by learning to let go and went into a state of stillness in my mind.
I am feeling light and relax while holding at the pose. I can just remain holding there as long as I want. I feel like meditating into the pose. It’s a shift completely.
I start to understand what is the feeling of the union of the body, mind and soul. I become the posture. The posture become me. The “I” doesn’t exist at that moment anymore. All come to Oneness.
I believe it can be apply to any activities you choose to do whether is Tai Chi, Qiqong, dance, etc. It is not about doing, it is about being. Yes, initially is doing. But once you start to learn to let go, it becomes being.
It’s the mind that keep us in the doing. Once you free yourself from your mind, you becomes being.
Stay In The NOW
I know some of you have problem understanding what I’m saying. I have tried my best to use words to explain here. It’s a feeling you have to experience it yourself in order to really know it.
Please don’t put yourself into stress to get into this experience. It doesn’t work that way. It’s not about the goal, it’s in the journey. It will come when you don’t expect it. Just relax. Stay in the NOW.
This experience doesn’t come to me always too because I do have struggled to quiet my mind too. I just have to keep practicing and stay conscious.
Before any skill become perfect, it need to keep practice too. We have to go through this journey. You can’t be walking or running the moment you are born right?
There are some more ways I would like to share how to quiet your mind in my next blog post as I don’t want to make this post too long and too much for you to digest.
Therefore, I shall continue in my next blog post. For the time being, just try out these few ways you have learnt today. Please do share your thought or experience by leaving them in my comment box provided at the bottom and I am more than happy to hear from you.
If you have any other ways which work for you, please do share them too in my comment box. I believe my readers will love to learn more ways.
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Hi, I I loved your blog. It reminded me of time when I first learned yoga.
I actually fell asleep doing the meditation side of it. I was so relaxed listening to the music and the smell of the candle. Great site.
Hi Yvonne. Thank you for your sharing. Glad to hear that you love my blog.
I have more to share. Just keep connected. Thank you.
Hi Janet, great post. I love it that you mix your tips with experiences you had yourself. That makes it so much more authentic.
I am aware already of some of the tips you gave, but I am still having a hard time with them. 🙂 Especially with being in the present moment. As soon as I start my daily walk I am off in thoughts and thinking about the next blogpost I want to write.
My tinnitus isn’t helping either. The constant ring in my ears is quite distracting. I am trying to make it part of my meditation practice in the hope I will get used to it. To some extent I am succeeding, but still there is a lot to learn!
Hi Hannie. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Yes, I know it is not easy to apply what we learn in life. This is a journey of transformation. It’s like removing bad habit and take up new habit. It need time.
Just keep practice and don’t give up no matter how many times you have failed. A real successful person also need to go through failure many time before they success! I’m in the journey and still learning too.
I’m like you too last time always thinking of what next blog post to write. I even give condition to myself that on which day of the week I must publish a new post. I’m so stress up.
I then realise later that I’m creating unnecessary stress to myself by setting condition to myself. I start to learn to let go and follow my feel.
When I’m ready to write a new blog post on any day I’m available, I just feel my heart and ask what to write. Whatever idea come to my mind at that moment, I just start writing.
Don’t think too hard. Just relax and feel. It will come. After I finish writing and look back myself, I’m amazed by myself that I can write so many things out.
Regarding your tinnitus, you can try this during meditation. Don’t think you are the body. You are not the body. You are not the constant ring in your ears. Step back a distance from your body and just watching and aware of the body and ring with no thought. You are the watcher, the observer. You will realise the constant ring is not distracting anymore. Hope this help.
Yes, keep learning. Slowly you will improve and realise new things to learn. All the best to you! 🙂
This is great information on how to quiet my mind. I find that I often think of things I have no control over and it leads me to feel stressed. I have to remind myself to rein in and stop thinking about every little thing, especially when I’m alone during the day.
I wish I could go outside and just enjoy the grass and everything you mentioned. I live in Alaska and right now, while it’s beautiful outside, it’s only 27 degrees F or -2 C. Too cold to sit outside and enjoy nature right now.
But reading that part of this post brought me back to summer which was nice.
Thanks for sharing these tips. Great information!
Hi Katrina. Thank you for sharing.
I have been to Alaska for holiday. It’s a nice place with beautiful scenery. I won’t mind go back there again if there is a chance.
Another way to enjoy the nature during winter time is go to a nice comfortable indoor place and just sit by the side of a full glass window with the view of the beautiful landscape of Alaska. I believe this way can also help to quiet a mind. 🙂
Every season has it own beauty of nature. Just learn to appreciate what you have at that moment. Enjoy! 🙂
If I could summarize your post into one reaction, it would be – WOW!
I must be honest with you, I haven’t been myself lately. I was going through a lot of pain and was desperate to find a way to heal my emotional traumas.
I wasn’t in the right place, and I needed to find a way to quiet my mind. By some miracle, my childhood friend recommended the same book as you did, and I can’t thank him enough for it.
I finished it within three days, and I have never felt better and more encouraged. I’m never going back to that dark place, and that’s why I strongly vouch for the legitimacy of “The Power of Now“.
Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic post, my love. I highly appreciate it, and I’m sure that all of your readers feel the same way!
Hi Gorjan. Thank you for sharing your life experience. Really appreciate it.
And I’m glad to hear that you will never go back to that dark place again which mean the practice of NOW does work and help to transform a person.
Hope your experience will encourage my readers too, never give up.
All the best to you! 🙂