THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE MONKEY MIND
HOW CAN I EMPTY MY MIND OF THOUGHTS - TAMING THE MONKEY MIND
Have you ever woundered about why your mind works the way it does, and how it comes up with half of its scattered, random and half-organized thoughts? Where are all these thoughts coming from and what is the reason they are there?
Many of our thoughts originate from experiences we have had in the past. But the mind will also come up with dreamlike scenarios that have yet to take place in our lives.
We will find ourselves in a scenario for a future event and we will be fully imagining the experience of what it would be like to be in that scenario. Some of these situations can be very pleasant while others can be very nightmarish.
We can avoid unpleasant situations, unfriendly people, uncomfortable places but the mind is not something we can escape. The mind lives within us and controls our thoughts, actions and emotions.
- Gadaddhana Pandit Dasa
HOW CAN I EMPTY MY MIND OF THOUGHTS?
The average person has 60 000 thoughts per day.
Thinking cannot be stopped. Not that It does not want to stop, it cannot stop. We can either become liberated with the help of our mind or we can become prisoners of our thoughts.
SO WHAT TO DO ?
Do not try to stop the thoughts. There is no need to take any action against the mind. If you do, it would be the mind fighting the mind itself. You will divide the mind into two. One that is trying to be the boss over the top dog, or trying to kill the other part of itself… which is absurd. It is a foolish game, it can drive you crazy. Do not try to stop the mind or the thinking. Just watch it, allow it total freedom. Let it run as fast as it wants. Don’t in anyway try to control it. Just be a witness. It is beautiful, watch it and just enjoy it. But don’t watch it like an enemy.
If you do look at the mind like an enemy, you are not watching it, you are already prejudiced, you are already against it and have already decided something is wrong and whenever you look at someone as an enemy, you never look deep, you never look into the eyes.
It is God's gift to you. Look at the thoughts with deep reverence. Be a lover not fighter.
BE THE OBSERVER OF THE THOUGHTS
The deeper your watchfulness becomes, the deeper your awareness becomes and gaps start to arise.
HOW TO CALM THE MIND FROM RACING THOUGHTS WITH SIMPLE BREATHING TECHNIQUES
To begin, sit in a comfortable, quiet space with the back comfortable, straight and relaxed.
Close your eyes and begin breathing through your nose and exhale through the mouth.
Inhale for a count of TWO - hold the breath for a count of ONE - exhale gently for a count of FOUR. Keep breathing even and smooth.
If the TWO - FOUR count is too short, try increasing to FOUR - SIX or SIX - EIGHT
If longer breaths create anxiety, there is no need to push yourself. The only important thing is that the exhale is longer than the inhale and not the absolute length of the breath.
Set a timer and breath this way for at least 5 minutes.
- Dr Robin Berzin