How To Be Quiet and Stop Thinking

“When you’re with stillness, you merge with everything around you. You can’t pin-point where it’s coming from. From inside? From outside? Where? It just is.” – Sri Swami Sai Premananda

Awakening The Mind: Meditation 101

In today’s fast paced modern world it seems that many have come to find that the one thing that stands between their happiness is not materialistic wants, but their own mind.

We live each day with thousands of things demanding our minds precious attention. We think incessantly about a million things that many of us become slaves to our minds. In fact, we think so much that as soon as we have time to be still we don’t even know how to enjoy being quiet.

The only way you will ever experience peace of mind is by learning to drop the analytical thinking mind. Meditation is a way to help you on the journey of achieving mental clarity and peace. It’s time for you to awaken your mind to its potential.

Through mediation you will discover and catch glimpses of a state of consciousness that is truly aware and alert. Meditation will be your tool for deep introspection of your inner being, and will prove to be very valuable in your day to day life.

It will help you develop an intimate relationship with your true self. As you develop your inner being you will become valuable to those around you, because you will be more in touch to who you really are. An intimate intuitive knowing beyond any mental conception you have of yourself.

You can only truly help others when you have become the master of your mind, free of false illusions. Many people feel that just because they have the urge to help that they are able to help. Unless you really know what your true identity is, which is not your ego, you will only be trying to offer help from something that is an illusion.

The beauty of proper meditation is that it helps you create immense distance in your inner space. It gives you perspective, your level of consciousness changes. It helps you create distance between your thoughts and the witness who watches your thoughts. The problem for most is that they remain too close to their thoughts, being close means being identified. This is why psychoanalysis never actually solves the causes of your problems, it may help you function more efficiently in society, but you remain on the same level. Your problem is in your thinking, and you try to solve it with thinking, you still remain within the field of thought. Meditation gives you vertical growth, it gives you a bird’s eye perspective to see your problems, an awareness to freely observe your conditioning. You become an impartial observer, being impartial you will see the causes, you gain understanding. There is no need to solve the problem, you just need more understanding. It simply exists because you lack sufficient understanding, not enough awareness.

That’s why we are always able to give someone else great advice, we are far from the problem, we are impartial, we have clarity to see. The person with the problem is too close to it, too identified, he will say, “easy for you to say, this isn’t your problem”. Meditation helps you create the distance for you to “see” clearly.

Many say that it would be nice to have peace of mind, to learn to be calm no matter what goes on around them. But as long as you make those things objects of your desire, you have already identified yourself as lacking them, thus keeping your “self” from experiencing peace.

When people begin to attempt meditating they say that is difficult and boring. When you learn to watch what’s going on inside you, if those thoughts of boredom come up, just watch them. Explore why you are telling yourself this is boring, pay attention to your feelings, where is it coming from? There is a huge growing experience hidden, you just need to explore it. “There are strange moments in life when the mind rests without any kind of worries. When our mind is quiet, when our mind is in silence, then the new arrives.”- Samael Aun Weor

Meditation is the act of allowing the thoughts in your mind to cease. When you drop your mind you will experience oneness with the universe. You will realize that everything really is intimately interconnected and multi-dimensional.

The only thing that keeps you thinking you are separate is your body and mind. When you are asleep and disconnect your mind from your body your consciousness is one with the universal consciousness. Mediation is your key in transcending the confines of your body and mind to consciously experience a higher state of universal awareness.

Through a daily discipline of meditation you will become more mindful and calm. Calmness is the ideal state in which you should receive and take part in your life’s experiences. Some one who is calm has the mental clarity to handle any situation that life throws at him. Even mindedness should be your goal, learning to maintain a clear headed mind state helps you with enjoying and dealing with a fast paced lifestyle.

The more that you focus your attention within, you will  begin to feel a new power and new peace rise up within you. Meditation is the ability to stay actively calm. Meditation does not even have to be what many associate meditation with, which is to get into a lotus position and start chanting a mantra.

Any activity that you enjoy can be meditation; you just need to learn to be watchful of whatever you are doing. Learning to be fully present in any activity is meditation. Jogging through the forest and being observant of everything going on inside you without judgment is meditation. It is however important to incorporate a daily routine of meditation and do it earnestly and consistently if you are to reap the rewarding effects.

Awakening Your Mind Daily

1. Pick a nice comfortable place where to meditate..

2. Find a comfortable position to sit. Sitting on a chair or on the floor, does not really matter as long as it is comfortable for you.

3. Cross your legs, clasp your hands together. (This helps make your own energy circuit and gives stability)

4. Close your eyes, than stop inner and outer chatter.

5. Relax; begin thinking that your whole body is becoming extremely relaxed.

6. Eyes should be closed. With your eyes closed focus your gaze and attention as if you are looking through a point between your eyebrows. Try and not to cross or strain your eyes; the upward gaze should come naturally when you are relaxed and calmly concentrated. What is important to keep in mind is to be able to fix your whole attention at the point between the eyebrows.

7. You will notice that your mind is full of many thoughts. Your mind will than begin to ask questions to those thoughts and try and come up with answers whether they are known or unknown.

8. You will need to transcend your mind and thoughts in order to meditate. Your mind and thoughts are what separate you from your higher self, you can also think of your higher self as your subconscious/unconscious mind, don’t worry about the labels.

9. You transcend your mind by simply observing your breath. Don’t inhale/exhale consciously just observe your natural breathing. Don’t go behind your thoughts; if you catch your self drifting just always come back to your breathing. Slowly the amount of thoughts reduces and your breathing becomes thinner and shorter.

If you are able to keep all your focus on your breath, you will get to the point of no thought and no breath. This state of no thought is your connection to your divine being and energy body. Continue to concentrate between the eyebrows until you begin to achieve peacefulness. The more you meditate the more benefits and energy that you will receive. Your own self-awareness and consciousness will also expand.

10. You will feel a very pleasurable feeling meditating. If you feel any discomfort in your body these can be possible areas of disease or illness. If you meditate everyday you can possibly heal your body naturally.

11. Now that you are in a state of no thought and total relaxation. Begin to think only on your intention. Your intent and can the feeling of love, creativity, a problem you may have, or any object that becomes your sole focus. Remember whatever you think now is in a state that will be impregnated directly into your subconscious.

Example: Whenever I don’t have any ideas of what I should write about, I initially think of just a headline, topic, or problem than meditate on it. After about 30 minutes I am able to get on my computer, and the words just flow out of me.

I really hope you enjoyed this introduction on the topic of meditation; I really encourage you to take the time to incorporate it into your daily life. Identify what are your essential needs and quit being possessed by your possessions. Remember that happiness lies in giving yourself time to deeply ponder, something that our modern society is in dire need of.

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26 Responses to How To Be Quiet and Stop Thinking

  1. Enough people don’t focus on trying to relax and finding inner peace. I have heard countless benefits of meditating for even a few minutes a day and how good it is for the mind, body and soul. Thanks for the step by step in Meditation 101! Looking forward to finally trying it. (Sad, I know, I’ve never meditated).

      • hey guys I am new to this blog – i used to meditate a lot – the result of which what happened – as it is my Vibration did increased a lot – due to which i lost a lot of my friends – so many whom i loved a lot – and mind became soo quiet that if my friends made jokes i couldnt find a depper meaning and I even stopped laughing –

  2. If you’d like to keep track of your meditation you can use the Checklists feature from:

    http://www.Gtdagenda.com

    It will create a series of checkboxes for each day, the number of checkboxes being equal to the number of meditation sessions that day, and you check them off one by one.
    And it’s available on the mobile phone too, so you can access them wherever you are.

  3. I like your post on meditation! The only thing I would add is that many zen meditators do not close their eyes, rather the eyes are softly half open. I remember spending too many hours gazing at the patterns in a gray carpet! What I recall as a reason is the fact that when your eyes are closed, you might be more likely to fall asleep, go into fantasies, etc. Now I meditate the Siddha Yoga way, with a mantra most of the time . . . and eyes closed. I actually prefer this way to my old zen way. The zen way was quite difficult but gave me great training in discipline.

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  4. I’ve been trying to meditate for a month now, without success… It looks like I can’t stop thinking… I’ll have to try it your way with the eyes closed (I was looking at the flame of a candle).

  5. hey can you please tell me an other way to sit when meditate because when i cross my legs it become painful after a while, i don’t know why may be because im tall or may be im not doing it right

  6. Wow so your write up was amazing… just meditated for 10 minutes. Literally, my first time. And I didn’t wanna get out of it but I didn’t wanna be late cause I had no idea how long I was meditating for. I felt like I was going through stages, at first it was a bit of chatter, then stillness, then affirmation (is that what you mean by intention?) and then stillness again but it was weird, I fell ike I was almost spinning. It was interesting. I would love more insight from you, did that go right??

    • Really happy to hear that, please keep it up…you will make many wonderful discoveries as it becomes a regular part of your life. As long as you make a conscious effort to observe your thought process you are doing it right, in the beginning your mind will rebel because it doesn’t understand what is going on, so it will question all the things that start rising from your unconscious…just keep practicing…think of it as your mind going through a purging process…some days will be easier than others…don’t give up…slowly your consciousness will start to change and become more mindful and self-aware…i just became a fan of your FB page too, you are great photographer and have yummy recipes!

  7. hello there,,,,,,lovely post,,,i had suffered a great deal in the past 2 years,,,,i began to sit and meditate in silence for as long as i could each day eyes opened,,,,10 months on and i my inner has become absolutely silent and absolutely nothing is a problem ,,,we become such slaves to our taughts,,try and remember folks our minds are made up of past experiences and are not a daily reality,,taughts really are the enemy,,,,,when you are eating right and meditating and exercising your life becomes effortless

  8. Very much appreciated this post, especially about where to focus the eyes. For some reason, this is always a problem for me and I have never read to focus on the space between the brows. Between my new eye focus and the breath, I am hoping I can now transcend. SO excited to give it a try. Thank you for your generous sharing.

  9. Very Interesting and easy to read with many things I agree with but you were able to write them so clear. Thats awesome! Thank you. P.S.
    You may want to have a proofreader. There are a few more than a couple simple spelling errors that you may like corrected.

  10. I started meditating when I was 11 years old and my oldest brother (RIP) taught me. I quit after a while and never bothers to do it again until recently and now I’m much more relaxed and don’t let things “get to me”. Freedom of the mind cleanses the soul. (just one womans opinion)

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