I love this quote by Eckhart Tolle, which beautifully encapsulates the power of simply becoming conscious of the most basic thing we all do thousands of times every day to keep us alive, but which most people do completely unconsciously: Breathe
. If you're familiar with the unruly nature of what Buddhists call the 'Monkey Mind'
, you'll know how difficult it is to stop its incessant and useless chatter that only disturbs your peace of mind.
Trying to stop it directly is like saying to your mind, 'Don't think of pink elephants'. The first thing you'll think about when you try not to think of pink elephants is... pink elephants! So trying not to think about something doesn't work and seems only to make the monkey mind more determined to engage in its idle thoughts. The way to overcome its chatter is to give it something else to focus on, just as you would give a barking dog a bone to chew to shut it up, and the simplest, most ever-present thing you can focus it on is... your Breath.
Breathing deeply and slowly through your nose while you focus all your attention on your breathing for a few minutes will help you to quieten your mind, let your idle thoughts go and find the calm and serenity that transcend them. This is the true level of the Mind where negative thoughts and the toxic emotions they engender cannot enter and it feels happy and at peace.
For the next week, try practising this little breathing meditation exercise for a minute or two whenever you're feeling like your monkey mind is getting out of control, as well as for 10 uninterrupted minutes at least once (and preferably twice) a day - the early morning just after you've woken up and early evening are both good times to do it.
If you find these simple exercises helpful and you want to explore the benefits of conscious breathing in more depth, join me this coming Thursday evening for a FREE Webinar I'll be giving that will show you How to Let Go of Any Negative Thought or Emotion in Minutes and Find Your Flow in Life by Harnessing the Power of Your Breath.
Until next week's post, remember Just to Breathe when your monkey mind gets up to its tricks so you can put it back in the box where it belongs and ultimately, banish it completely from your Mind.
You see, Learning to Control Your Breath is the Quickest and Easiest Way to Learn to Control Your Mind. That's how powerful this simple thing you've taken for granted all your life, but which keeps you alive minute by minute, really is.
I'll be helping the people who Join the Webinar this Thursday to explore the Power of their Breath experientially
by guiding them through a couple of simple but powerful breathing exercises. If you'd like to be one of them, Click Here
Have an inspired week ahead and remember whenever you become aware of any negative thought or emotion, instead of stressing or fretting - Just Breathe Deeply, Let Go and Find Your Flow...
Yours in Flow
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