3 Strategies To Take Control Of Your Thoughts
Guest post By Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre
There is no such thing as a “bad thought” when it comes to thinking. Our rational and logical minds help us to process our lives, awareness and intuitions. Maintaining a synergy between thoughts and input is important when it comes to clarity in life. Often times we over think situations and lose control over balance. With the amount of stimulus we receive each day, it’s important to practice exercises that keep our thoughts in balance so that we can make wise decisions.
In the face of unconformable circumstance, something we can do is change our mindset. During a time of stress, take comfort in knowing that YOU are the author of our own thoughts. Since feelings are a direct result from thoughts, the ability to change your mindset is one of the most important and useful attributes to our lives. Here are 3 strategies to implement when the going gets tough.
1. Stop Yourself, Be Present
There are many opportunities throughout the day to STOP and be present. Simply walking down the street is a good time to stop yourself and be present. Start with a few minutes at a time and make a mental checklist of all that is happening around you. Notice the beauty of your surroundings. A realistic goal is to complete this exercise 5 times daily in different environments. When you become present the world changes and so does your energy. The continuity of the mind stops, just give a jerk to your being and stop.
2. Focus On Your Breathing
An easy way to start is by closing your eyes and spending a few minutes relaxing your body, scanning for any pockets of tension. Focus on your breath, breathing in energy and breathing out tension. Then when you have more time, either in the morning or at night find a quiet space, and sit comfortably in a cross legged position, on a chair, a or on the floor. Hold your head back with your back straight and relax your whole body. Tuck your chin into your chest, and place your hands on your lap. Feel your bones pushing down as your body is centered, then, as if an invisible string is lifting up from the base of your spine, pull your body up through the crown of your head towards the ceiling. This will help with the flow of energy circulating through the body. Here are some additional tips with guided meditation. Bring the awareness to your breath, without disturbing its natural rhythm. Allow it to flow freely and let your mind flow with your breath. Visualize the breath as it leaves your body, watch for any images and feelings that arise and subside them without any judgement or comments, let them drift away like the wind. If you find your attention is wandering, bring your focus back to your breath without trying to render any thoughts or frustrations that are in your mind. Always return to the rhythm of your breath, and your mind dissolving into this your breath only.
To concentrate your mind you may find it easier to count while you are breathing.
Begin with the first exhalation, count from one to 10 for each outgoing breath, then start again. At the end of the meditation session, open your eyes slowly breath in and out and sit quietly for a moment. Acknowledge your meditation and allow it to radiate in your everyday consciousness.
3. Meditation Controls Over Thinking
Learning to meditate is one of the best practices when it comes to self-care. It is a way to go beyond the surface of your consciousness, leading you to an individual journey of self discovery, insights into your life, and the workings of your mind. The rewards of mediation are far reaching, the simple practice of meditation in your life is naturally enjoyable. The more you enjoy the practice, the more likely you are to preserve in other areas of your life– for example: learning to play an instrument, exercising everyday, or completing daily work tasks. Learning meditation takes dedication, time and practice. The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it in your everyday life. With interest and enthusiasm anyone can practice mediation effectively. Even if you have a busy lifestyle, try adding a few minutes in everyday, and enjoy the many healthy benefits of positive contribution to your overall health and well-being.