Often, we wish we could switch off our mind’s chatter. Through the teachings of yogic philosophy, we are told that it is the speaking mind that causes suffering; therefore, we must practice taming it. Although one may temporarily achieve this goal, it is inevitable that the mind will automatically return to playing a reel of dialogue. However, what we may not realize is maybe it isn't necessary to silence the mind.
Rather, practice listening to your mind:
Your brain and mind have a spiritual purpose, which is to seek the truth and a spiritual connection. To realize your full potential, you must listen to the mind as it helps you make meaning of your human experiences. Instead of viewing your mental chatter or whimsical thoughts as unruly or problematic, take the time to practice embracing and investigating your thoughts; This will prove to be more constructive, positive, and beneficial for your well-being.
Rather, practicing inquiry or a 'daily mental check-in':
Instead, the intention can be to guide our mental dialogue to language that is constructive and meaningful. When you find yourself worrying or ruminating, choose instead to practice inquiry. Take the time to ask yourself the important questions: "Is this something that needs my attention now?", "Am I choosing to focus on judgment or facts?", or, "Am I speaking to myself in a way that will contribute to my productivity?"
Ultimately, your intuition will answer your questions with simplicity and honesty. The mind doesn't need to be silent in order to receive messages from our inner-most knowing. When we delve into a mental space of introspection, acceptance, and curiosity, we gradually begin to groom our mental landscapes into an environment of constructive and meaningful dialogue. The intention is not to work against your mind, but to work with it. You have the potential to rewrite the songs that your mind sings; let your most inner knowing guide the rhythm of this symphony.