Calmness – Positive Reflection Of The Week
Calmness Of Mind Written by Shahwana Khanam
Is it possible to make our minds still and calm? Not possible, it has been discovered that the human mind generates 60,000 thoughts a day, now isn’t that an incredible discovery?
How do we keep still with so much going on in the brain, it is like a marathon in the head? With so much going on, no wonder we are unable to sit still for 5 minutes or just be there in the moment we try to call NOW!
This affects the way we think and sleep, how many of us have sleeping issues? Again, the mind is super active at night too.
We all want quality sleep. And when we’re young, for the most part, it’s easy to get. But as we age, sleep challenges become more and more common. Millions of people lie in bed at night, tossing and turning, wanting nothing more than a peaceful slumber. The problem is our busy minds that just won’t turn off.
Have you ever noticed how late in the evening, right around bedtime, your mind begins racing?
Sometimes we’re replaying exciting events of the day, other times we’re reviewing our to-do list or worrying about the future.
We often don’t realize how fired up our minds are until we place our heads on the pillow, and our thoughts begin to whirl uncontrollably.
Too much to do, too many worries keeping the cycle of life buzzing. So how to quiet this monkey brain and allow it to be still and just observe? The practice of Zen meditation is a good practice to start with; just observe the breath and be still. Listen to whispers of the leaves and breeze. Train yourself to be in a quiet place for 5 minutes then increase it to 10 minutes, you will be surprised how that starts making the brain more aware.
“Be still and know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10
Other ways of calming the mind, allowing a good night’s sleep is:
Deep breathing exercises (Yoga breathing)
Avoiding TV before sleep
Relaxing by soaking feet in salt and lavender oil
Lastly here are some quotes for you to reflect on & learn from:
“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra
“The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still.” – Leon Brown
“All that is required to realize the Self is to be still.” – Sri Ramana Maharshi
“So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” – T. S. Eliot
“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tzu
“Stillness is the altar of the spirit.” – Paramahansa Yogananda
Shahwana Khanam – Pranic Healer