(WHAT WORKS FOR ME)
Storms raging in your mind can upset your mind equilibrium, leading to distress of both mind and body. As you know, such disturbances may arise due to many reasons like deep anxiety about some matter, jealousies, hatred and so on.
The objective of this article is not to go into such reasons, but to discuss possible ways of restoring some peace of mind every time, before the fury peaks. Of course, it is easier said than done because your mind-your most valued possession- is also the most difficult thing to bring under leash.
In fact, it is well nigh impossible, except by some great yogi or other, to bring the mind under control. All that most of us can hope is to distract the mind temporarily from the fiery emotions by some means. And you know very well that this isn’t a cake walk either!
Now, I would like to share with my readers what works for me. I am an ordinary person like many among you, with no formal training in mind control techniques. But over the years, I found certain simple techniques which help me to maintain focus during times of mental stress and thought I should share with my dear friends.
Resort to fantasizing.
Everyone, well almost everyone, loves to indulge in fantasy of some sort, be it self-aggrandizement, romantic, sexual or travel fantasy. Though day dreaming is normally frowned upon as a lazy activity, it does come in handy as a diversionary tactic. The reason why this could work is because the mind latches on quickly to favorite pastimes and hence is likely to temporarily deviate from self torture. But even though temporary, it can provide much needed relief, and hopefully sleep.
Each has his own fantasy, so we will leave it at that.
Start chanting a mantra.
This is extremely beneficial and helps to maintain calm in troubled times. But this cannot be just suddenly taken up when need arises. In order that this helps, you need to make it a constant practice to repeat the mantra, as often as possible, even when you are at peace. Else, you may not be able to focus on the chanting when turbulence strikes.
This has nothing to do with any particular religion and may even have a solid scientific reason why it works. That said, I would suggest that you select a short mantra-from any religion, any text- and start chanting it in your mind silently. You will find that when your mental flight hits a turbulent air pocket, this mantra will come to restore the mind.
Just take deep breaths and start chanting. Over a period of time, stillness will slowly return.
This is indeed another amazing technique to rein in the mind. Of course, mind scientists alone can explain the rationale behind why it works- something about acting on the sub conscious etc- you can derive its benefits without bothering to know why.
Again, this helps only by regular and frequent repetition of some key phrases relevant to your need. For example, you may keep telling yourself, ‘I am calm’, ‘I am at peace’, ‘I am a bold person’ and so on.
The important thing for this to work is that these phrases have to be repeated and you must believe those words fully, unconditionally. Then the subconscious does its job of etching it deeply into your consciousness at some level.