Busy Mind DefinedJan 17, 2006
The first thing we feel when our mind is flooded with thoughts and emotions is stress. If you want to know how to stop your busy mind, start by understanding that the human brain has evolved over time into one of the most powerful forces of nature.
We are able to remember more information than any other living creature on earth, yet this same evolutionary feature can be a burden because it causes us to overthink everything.
The good news is there are some things you can do which will help you cut down on your mental clutter and make life easier for yourself...
First step of dealing with a busy mind is to become aware that it is occurring to you.
Next step is to bring your attention back to your breath.
There are many things that make up a busy mind. Emotions, anxieties, fears, joys, etc. You can go down each path to work with your mind, but it's most important to learn to drop your thoughts. Drop all busyness, even though it may feel like you need to work on the content, it is ok to drop thoughts.
Do we want to spend all our time "busy," or would we rather find peace and sit in that? We need to learn to be fulfilled.
Busy mind leads us to do things to "ease our pain" in excess (such as watch TV, drink, smoke, etc.). It's important that we learn the middle path between fixing our problems externally with "aspirin" and sitting with discomfort. We need to learn when to stop chasing our problems.
Who do we really want to be? Would we rather free our minds and grow, learn, and express? Or do we want to let our minds run on and on endlessly?
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