How To Calm Your Mind

If you’re like me, Type A and semi-creative, then you know what it is like to have an over active mind.

If you have ever been called an “over-thinker” then this article is probably for you. If not, then it’s probably for you anyway.

Many times our minds go a mile a minute with no end in sight.

Here’s how we can work on that.

Inertia is characteristic of thoughts

First, we need to understand one concept about the mind before we proceed. The thoughts of the mind are subject to inertia, an object in motion tends to stay in motion, similar with thoughts.

Now when you want to stop this, we have to understand that it might get worse before it gets better.

For example, if you are driving fast on the highway, attempt to slow down abruptly or come to a sudden halt, everything from your back seat will come flying to the front of the car.

Same with the mind.

Now, if you want to stop your mind from being active all the time, the next thing I would suggest is going on a social media and information fast.

In this day and age we are bombarded with so much information.

Taking a little break will do us justice. It will slow the source of momentum in the mind by not adding more thoughts.

Single Pointedness

“You can “carry” this consciousness with you…”

The next thing I would suggest is meditation.(Read the section on “how to re-build your concentration in this article if you want to learn about the different ways to meditate)

There are many ways to meditate but the simplest way I will suggest is for you to sit in a chair, upright, palms in lap, feet softly on floor.

Once you are comfortable, take a few deep breaths and focus on your breathing, this is called being “single pointed.”

When you are focussed on your breath you will notice a lot of thoughts seemingly come into your mind at a mile a minute.

Remember that highway we were on earlier?

Let those thoughts be.

Do not push them away. Just bring your attention back to your breath.

When the thoughts come crashing into you you’ll lose focus. That’s alright, re-focus your attention on your breath.

Each time you are alerted to the distracting thoughts and you bring your attention back to your breath, your consciousness grows a little bit more each time.

You can “carry” this consciousness with you EVERYWHERE you go. When you are out and about you’ll start to feel these thoughts overwhelming you, your consciousness will kick in and you will start to focus on your breath.

Your breath is always with you.

Let’s start out with 5 minutes per day, 2 times per day and increase the time we spend meditating by ONE MINUTE, each week.

Your friend,

-Anthony Boyd

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About Anthony Boyd

I go by the alias Anthony Boyd & this blog is my series of theses on philosophy, spirituality, physical expression of strength & human behavior through self-reflective spoken & written word. I’ve been a Union Delegate for 6 years. During this time I have developed countless leadership skills that I’ll be sharing with you all on this blog. Leadership is something I’ve develop through hours of research, strength training & personal application of growth strategies. I started this blog with the intention of disseminating the leadership & developments skills I’ve attained over the past 6 years as a leader because there is a huge need for male leadership. It has developed into a conduit for sharing these ideas in hopes that others can gain insight from them as well. Two things have always been constant in my three decades of life on Earth, my ability to express myself through the word & my unquenchable curiosity of everything around me. Combine that with my obsession with strength training, personal development & we have this blog. It is my hope that I can provide endless value, insight and perspective gained through experience as a leader to the readership I have developed here.

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