Meditation - How To Quiet Your Mind
We’re told to quiet our mind when we meditate.
That’s all well and good but how can it be done quickly and reliably?
Nearly all of us experience some kind of “back chat” from our mind. This can take the form of questions, nagging or even shouting inside our head. It’s these voices that we need to quiet when we start to meditate (or even if we are going into an important interview).
Since we create these voices, it should be in our power to quiet them or even shut them up completely.
One way is to confront our internal dialog directly and tell it to shut up. Sometimes this direct approach can work and we’ll get a quiet mind almost instantly.
Other times, it’s not so simple.
Another trick to quieting your mind is to move the voice that you’re hearing. Shift it from wherever it currently is (such as on your shoulder) to somewhere else. You’re creating this internal dialog, so you can move it. Try shifting the nagging voice to one of your fingernails or even a toenail. You’ll find the intensity decreases as it’s further away.
Also shift the tonality of the nagging voice. We can be our own harshest critics and often we will speak to ourselves in a much harsher tone than we would accept from anyone else.
Changing the tonality from a dominant voice to a cartoon voice such as that of Mickey Mouse will make a big difference.
Give this technique a trial next time your mind refuses to quieten down. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the result.
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