Like other beneficial skills, disciplining the mind and drawing your attention inward comes with practice. Moment-to-moment, every single day, you need to make an effort to quiet the rambling mind that often takes center stage in your life. Beneath the mind lies a buried treasure, a part of you that’s always still, calm, centered, and at peace – regardless of what’s going on around you. When you learn to discipline the mind, you bring yourself into contact with this all-knowing, all-loving part of yourself. Here are four ways to help get your monkey mind to calm down so you can hopefully one day live your entire life from a place of heart-centered intuition.
Use a Yogic Focus Tool
Both yoga and meditation help you to quiet the mind’s voice. Bringing your attention to your breath, being silent, or chanting a positive mantra, are all examples of yogic techniques that allow you to see past the stream of consciousness that’s likely currently governing your day-to-day interactions, moods, behaviors, and feelings.
Recognize Your Intuition
Your intuition might just be your best friend when it comes to disciplining and quieting the mind. We all know how important following our “gut feelings” can be; the problem, however, is that tapping into your inner knowledge isn’t always easy. Intuition is an essential piece of the puzzle when it comes to learning to trust yourself. The intuitive mind has been called a sacred gift, while the chattering, wandering mind is more like a servant aiming to please those around us and fit in. Unfortunately, the ‘doing’ mind is usually calling the shots since it is the one seeking approval, waiting in anticipation, and worrying about situations that have yet to unfold, if at all. Learning to look past the mind and rely instead on your inner guidance.
When we try to quiet down the mind and tap into our true Self – the one beneath the constant stream of thoughts that we experience all day long – we find a peaceful place that’s free from worry, comparisons, fear, overwhelming and other damaging feelings. To get there, we need to practice lots of patience, have compassion for ourselves and be willing to try over and over again.
Take Time to Just Be
Aside from being dedicated to your yoga and meditation practice, try journaling, spending more time in nature, walking outdoors and giving yourself time to be still and just be. Get comfortable with silence; silence is when intuition really has a chance to shine through. Make a practice of telling the universe (and yourself) what you really need in life, and then look for the signals that these things are unfolding before you.
Make no mistake about it, disciplining the mind doesn’t happen overnight – far from it. It can take a lifetime of trying, but the joy is in the journey, not necessarily the destination. The more you practice discipline over the mind and looking inward to your own place of wisdom, the more you live a life of authenticity, self-acceptance, non-judgment, compassion, and confidence.