Let’s speak it clear! The thought of not thinking could be very overwhelming.
We basically think 24/7 non-stop and that can be fun, diverse, creative and a lot of other good things but also thinking or better yet overthinking, can lead to a misuse of feelings and the alteration of reality, ultimately by means of action, it can determine your present and your present state in the future creating a vortex which can not only be addictive (quoting Eckhart Tolle) but also difficult to exit from.
Out there are so many techniques, so many ways, so many teachings that really “not thinking” should be at reach of everyone and I am sure there are techniques that are effective depending on individuals. Sometimes despite all this material, although we read an immense amount of information about how important it is not to think too much or how good it is to meditate and this and that, we might soon realize that intellectualizing the concept just doesn’t do enough in our practice. Even if we do meditate daily, train thinking could always be an intruder, like anything else decreasing the thinking process does require a workout, for this reason, I decided to come up with this exercise I think could be useful to everybody who has an overactive mind.
The exercise I am suggesting in this article is very simple and practical, you can do it anywhere at any moment although I recommend sitting upright somewhere nobody can disturb you.
This exercise is based on the stimuli of thinking and interrupting the thought train. A brain is a machine that can be programmed. If you do this exercise often enough the brain might just one day start doing it in automatic just like when you learn to ride a bike or drive a car, at the start you really need to put your attention on every single movement and detail after a while you just care about which direction you need to go to.
Take any thought you please, keep going on its train if you like and soon after decide to bring your attention to your breath for the length of 3 breaths, after the third breath choose another thought and do the same (you will notice at first that your breath can be shallow, try your best to deepen the breath). Play with this for at least for 5 cycles and then the next 10 mins (or longer) try to watch your breath only, for as long as you can after the initial thoughts. If you lose concentration and a thought starts another train, don’t stress, you know what to do, bring your awareness on the breath again.. sooner or later you will notice that your ability to focus on your breath has increased and as a consequence, your attention to thoughts has decreased. You can also find yourself much calmer and relaxed to the point that you might find it difficult or unpleasant to run your mind in thoughts (well if that’s the case, just keep your attention on breathing and pass to the next step below), this is related to the fact that the nervous system is strictly connected to the breath, the slower the breath the slower the mind and vice versa.
If you’d like to take the next level you can bring your awareness to the feelings you have whilst focusing on the breath. This can be a pure feeling, a state of mind, sense of light or humming sound and stay there as long as you can. A thought may arise again if so focus on your breath and start the process again. What we are trying to achieve with this exercise is the capability to locate a pleasant and peaceful feeling we can associate with our practice. This is a beautiful space you can bring yourself into at any point, inevitably being able to enjoy it for a longer period of time.
Just like in the previous exercise, you will be able to connect to this space much more easier. Hope you find this easy exercise useful and fun to play with and if any questions arise please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Also remember if you want to try other effective practices we also offer one-on-one energy healing sessions such as Reiki, Pellowah and a beautiful group practice called Om Chanting Meditation.
Refer to our dedicated pages for more about these life changes practices.
Founder of Om Reiki Connection