You can’t? Welcome to the club! To not be able to quieten ones mind is one of the mysteries we tend to believe.
As long as you’re busy trying to calm your mind by getting rid of all thoughts, sorry to tell you, it’s not gonna happen. Well… let’s be more specific: you can calm your mind, but you won’t be able to stop your thoughts of having a party when they feel like it. Even worse, as soon as you feed them, maybe through following them or telling them to leave, they got you.
Instead, ignore them. Let them pass. Don’t give them any attention, but bring your awareness to your breath. No matter if you’re meditating, practicing asanas or just include a little break into your day, it’s a quite good idea to fully focus on your breath. Feel your breath, listen, follow your breath through your body and concentrate just on this. It helps to be fully aware and keep your focus.
If this isn’t enough, you can add a mantra. A short mantra that you recite mentally. This keeps your mind busy and guides your focus. The beauty of a mantra is of course additionally it’s meaning. I like to use Sanskrit mantras, as they require a bit more concentration. Just saying a mantra mentally and repeat, non stop.
I’ve got some suggestions for you, some short mantras I like to use, particularly in meditation:
- Aham Prema (I am love)
- Aham Brahmasmi (I am the universe)
- Sat Shit Ananda (truth, consciousness, bliss)
- OM Mani Padme Hum (the sound of silence, the jewel in the lotus)
- OM Ram Ramaya (an invocation to Rama, whose perfection exists in us all, to radiate confidence and strength)
As everything, it’s not just a one shot, but implementing a regular practice!