Our mind is completely involved in thinking processes all the time. Be it while sleeping, while eating or even while studying, our mind tends to be overtaken by the unnecessary thoughts related to your everyday chores and routine. For example, thinking of food while studying even when you had your food just 5 minutes ago.
Zen Buddhists refer to the constant chatter of the mind as monkey mind. Such mind can be imagined to have the possession of drunken monkeys flinging themselves from tree branches, jumping around, and chattering nonstop i.e., our mind remains in constant motion.
In such situations, peace can be hardly achieved and what our mind ultimately desires is stillness and tranquility. Often, people confuse stillness with experience. Putting in loads of spiritual knowledge through books and via speeches delivered by experts, is of no use until you know how to have control over your mind to avoid unwanted thoughts. In this age of scheming, it is hard to keep mind at peace but still, we should take significant steps to calm our mind.
How to identify mental noise?
- Thoughts that keep on repeating.
- Dwelling on the past or fearing the future. This prevents us from enjoying the present.
- Reliving negative past situations or visualizing fears over and over again.
- Never being attentive to what’s going on.
- Constant analysis of our and other people's situations, reactions and behavior.
- Almost all involuntary thinking and daydreaming.
- Compulsive inner monologue that disturbs our peace and makes the mind busy.
Switching off the mind brings on a state of inner peace. So, how to bring the inner chatter to rest?
How to silence your inner chatter?
- ENGAGE IN YOGA
Yoga is a great way to lessen the inner noise. It through its various poses, keeps our mind away from troubling situations. Some of the poses that you can perform are: Sukhasana (Easy pose), Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) and Sasangasana(Rabbit pose).
2. READ BOOKS
There are several books that bring peace to mind. They will merge with your soul in a way that spur an inner conversation about your views, what you make of their suggestions, and what you want to bring to your life versus, what you want to leave behind. Some helpful books are : Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Tiny Buddha's 365 Tiny Love Challenges by Lori Deschene, You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
3. BE SENSITIVE TO YOUR FEELING
Don't shove away feelings because they are uncomfortable be it yours or others. They are sending you a message. Take time to poke around those feelings to discover what is behind them. If you don't, the feelings will come back in more unpleasant ways and really disrupt your peace. Become aware of and sensitive to feelings rather than ignoring them.
4. DON'T SAY TO ANYONE UNLESS YOU CAN SAY IT TO EVERYONE
We love gossiping, don’t we? Without wondering its effects on self and others we go on talking about others. Make a commitment to yourself, that you will not say something to one person, unless you can announce it to the world, to everybody. Make a commitment to stop the spreading of drama and bad energy to keep mental scuffles away.
5. DO WHAT YOU ENJOY
When you do what you enjoy there is a natural peace that arises within. You are in alignment with your outer world. This also leads to a lot more success than if you have a lot of inner turmoil and really don’t care that much for your work. Be curious and try things out and see what you think of them. This will really help you to stay aside from the unwanted thoughts.
Start working towards making your life peaceful just the way it was during childhood. Do not let your busy schedules and problems alter your present. Keep mind at peace with these easy tips.