Mindfulness

Some Tricks to Quiet the Mind

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Western civilization doesn’t let the mind rest; we always “need” to be connected, to consume more information and to satisfy our empty curiosities. Everything attracts and demands our attention, thus our energy.

We waste tremendous amounts of energy. At some point it becomes second nature (if not first) and something that we justify. We believe it is necessary and right to be connected, to know what is going on with our friends, in the world, on the stock market. To read more articles for the sake of knowing stuff, so we can show off with useless “interesting facts” we heard the other day on some animal documentary.

The left side of the brain was not designed to take over all elements of our lives, let alone be raised to the position of the rightful king of our society to whom we own our technological advances. Scholars of the European Renaissance believed that people can find happiness using their minds. That happiness depends on us and it is within our ability to create our happiness, since only we know what is happiness for us. The people of the Renaissance were looking for alternative sources to the holy writings.

The idea that only we know what makes us happy is fundamental. The mind is not the part that knows; the mind is not the leader but the servant. The mind cannot generate inspiration or believe in universal values or love someone, or even love itself. The heart knows all those answers and the heart is the one that can experience love, inspiration and happiness; and it knows what can make us happy. 

This idea, that we know what makes us happy, has become the sales slogan for every commercial. This idea is used by capitalism and blown out of proportion. It has given birth to romantic consumerism, the mind shrunk to the left side of the brain and happiness to short-lived pleasures.

As a result, we are imbalanced, left-brain-sided creatures who are ruled by these implanted wishes and disconnected from our own (real) desires.

Spoiler alert: we are not created to consume but to create. Only creation from the heart, with joy and enthusiasm, will bring us real satisfaction; when we do what we are meant to do, we feel joy in doing it.

But first let us silence the brain. Some people cannot fall naturally asleep at night after a day at work. So here are some easy, fast and effective tricks to put the left side of the brain to rest. We don’t need anything from outside (apart from guidance) to be balanced and happy. Everything we need we have inside. We don’t need pills, alcohol, weed, music, the outer world or anything else.

Some Tricks to Quiet the Mind

While the left side of the brain is working like crazy, it sucks the energies from the whole body, shrinking the energetic centers and leaving the body dry of energy. Every time we demand better performance from our brain we enlarge the energetic center in the head so it can deliver. As a result, all the chakras of the body except the head one are small and empty.

Later (in the book) we will introduce an exercise that balances the chakras. But here is what to do for now. Don’t forget to use intention while doing the exercise.

Think of the mathematical figure zero. See the shape of it in your mind and what it represents: nothing, zero activity, zero moving, zero creating. Let this zero occupy your mind and transfer the idea of nothing, of no action and those vibrations onto your bodies in the area around your head. Feel how the vibration of zero is absorbed by the energetic fields around you and your head.

Imagine the energetic field generated by the disproportionate work of the brain around your head, and see how a wire of copper connects the field with the center of Earth. How all the generated energy around the head goes via the wire to the center of the planet. It releases you from the unwanted overload.

Now, using your intention, shrink the energetic center to a normal size (around ping-pong ball size); meanwhile enlarge the heart chakra to the same size and see how the energetic potential between the two centers is balanced.

Take an imaginary blackboard sponge and erase the information around your head and in it, as if the information was chalk writings on the blackboard. Now keep erasing the information around the whole energetic field around the body.

Switch your attention to the heart (the energetic heart); feel its calmness and special vibe. Breathe deeply and slowly. Inhale, hold and, as slowly as possible, exhale. Do it a few times until you feel complete calmness. Don’t let the brain take over; keep your attention on the breathing or the heart. When a nice feeling appears, turn your attention to it. It means that you have withdrawn yourself from the left side of the brain and the alpha waves of the brain have been activated.


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All these steps work perfectly as individual acts and even better as a chain of actions.

Mudras and Using the Left Hand

Another trick that can be used is yogic mudras, which are really intended for reaching higher states of mind but which for us can be used to turn off or silence the brain and thus calm down your mind.

If you have been delegating more responsibilities to your left hand, by now the left side of your brain will be less “aggressive” in the sense of being the commander of our life over which we have no control.

In any case, you can always initiate some activity with your left hand while the right is resting quietly. This will gradually turn your left side off and awaken the right side of your brain.

Shambhavi and Akashi Mudras

The original purpose of these exercises is to awake the super-consciousness, but it is also a good way to let the mind rest or support a meditative state of mind (trance). It is traditionally performed in the lotus posture but can easily be done in any sitting posture you prefer, even sitting on your beloved sofa.

Shambhavi mudra is performed by looking at the point between the eyebrows. Yes, it is impossible to see this point, but we keep looking. With the eyes open, we direct our attention to the point between the eyebrows but all we see is two bows and a “V” between them. If you can, or with time, you will be able to close the eyes. In some traditions the head has to be leaned back around 30–45 degrees. Before performing the mudra three times, take a deep breath and exhale very slowly.

Akashi mudra is performed by sitting straight while leaning the head back 90 degrees, eyes looking up or in shambhavi mudra. You bend the head back on an inhale and return it on an exhale. It all sounds so yogic but is really very simple. When your neck is relaxed and the head bent back (you can add to this looking to the point between the eyebrows, or just up) you will feel like you want to go to sleep, or as if you are going into alpha brain waves (trance or meditation mode). In this state it is very difficult for the left side of the brain to perform hard work. Do the same here, first breathing deeply three times and then performing the mudra. When you exhale, do it very slowly.

Controlling and Living Your Own Rhythm

When we control the rhythm we control the mind, otherwise the mind controls the rhythm. It is very much true for controlling the breathing. But also pay attention to the rhythm of your actions and how your brain jumps to the next task before finishing with the current.

See how you move, type, walk, eat, drink and speak—observe your behavior and rhythm. The rush of your brain affects all the actions of the body; it translates as stress and changes the body’s natural rhythm.

Rather than just believe those ideas and go along with the brain, letting it dictate the rhythm, we need to be more in control of what we think of as urgent, to see the bigger picture. I would suggest you pay close attention to your actions and to the rhythm with which they are performed. Every time you catch yourself rushing, stop, slow down, and keep working with just a slightly slower rhythm. Don’t let people around you suck you into their rush. Live your own rhythm.

Controlling the Body’s Breathing

A very good solution is the control of your breathing. You control your body’s breathing, you control it all. It is not a coincidence that in yoga and martial arts breathing is placed at the base and in the center of the practices. The calmness of the mind is achieved by the calmness of the prana, and the calmness of the prana is achieved by calm and rhythmic breathing.

Regardless of if you breathe from the chest or the belly or even perform full yogic breathing, control the rhythm of your breath. Concentrate on your breathing and make it rhythmically even: inhale equals exhale. The longer they are the calmer you will get. Start with a minimum of three seconds (three in, three out).

It is very good to practice breathing twice a day till you make rhythmic breathing part of your life, but it is even useful to do it ad hoc. When you notice that you are in a rush, stop and start breathing rhythmically. Find a calm rhythm and let it influence the body and the rhythm of your actions.

If you want to have even more control of the rhythm, learn to breathe rhythmically based on your heartbeat. Start with three beats: inhale for three beats and exhale for three beats. Do it twice a day and with time you will be able to move up to four and four. This is one of the best favors you can do yourself; it will align you with the rhythm of the universe. Your calm, natural heartbeat is aligned with the universe and by breathing in that rhythm you will be as well.

What not to do

Don’t go back to old habits of disturbing your natural rhythm.

How and when do I know it’s working?

When you feel like you are about to rush but something pops up in you and you think for a split-second and do things with the new rhythm. This means that the new habits you have been developing are starting to become a part of you.

Why am I doing it?

To quiet the mind and obtain control over the rhythm of your life.

In short

Tell the mind shhhhhh, through use of mudras, controlled breathing and awareness of the chakras.

Note: There are many other exercises to develop and master the mind, but they are not advisable, in my opinion, while you are not in balance.

Copyright© 2022, Findhorn Press.
Printed with permission from the publisher
Inner Traditions International

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