“Silence is external, stillness is internal.” ~Eckhart Tolle
Many of us have a constant noise running through our minds, like a freight train looking for its next destination. This chatter runs longer and deeper for some, but to some extent, we all experience it. Some of us obsess to the point that it negatively effects our health physically, psychologically and spiritually. Others may experience a milder form but still carry the tapes from their past. Are there any of you that wish for a quieter mind instead of the constant running? My guess is an absolute YES! Some of my clients experience this frustration and cry out that they just want it to stop! Personally, I can relate as I come from a family of obsessors and I drive myself crazy sometimes! It has taken much time and practice to learn to quiet my own mind, and I am here to tell you that it can be done. What does it take? It takes repetition and practice. Just like anything in life, what you nurture grows, what you starve dies. Nurturing the quiet in your mind can only lead to better health for you in all areas.
Here are some steps you can take to “untrain” your brain. When the negative thought enters immediately “change the channel” to a positive thought. For example, if you are someone who worries about getting into a car accident every time you drive your car, switch that thought. Yes, just like that, switch it! Think about what a beautiful drive you are going to have, take in the beauty around you, stay in the present time and cherish each moment of the drive. If the mental chatter enters, focus on one thing and stay with it. Think about your breathing and how your body is functioning beautifully with every breath. Notice the flowers on the side of the road, anything that brings you joy in that moment. Know that you are safe and all is in complete balance around you. If the negative chatter enters, be ok with it, and go back to your quiet focus. Every time you practice changing your thoughts you are literally retraining your brain to think differently. Just as we can train our brains to think negatively, we can train our brains to think positively.
Are you ready now? You know what to do…breathe, focus, change your thought and stay in the moment. You will find that over time this practice is a natural sedative for you. And remember, no judgment. Not of yourself or others around you. If you fall back into old habits, pick yourself up, wipe yourself off, and get back on the slow train track. Enjoy and relax.