Calm tip #3: Use thought awareness to calm your mind
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha
So often I hear people say they can’t meditate because their mind is too busy.
And the truth is: EVERYONE’S mind is too busy.
It’s the way our brains are wired – to think. Which can be a blessing, and a curse.
The myth about meditation is that you need to clear your mind.
Meditation is about becoming aware of your mind – not simply getting rid of all your thoughts.
Want to learn how you can use your thoughts as a meditation tool, for more peace and calm?
Try this simple mind meditation – Naming a thought
- Find a comfortable quiet space to sit and get comfortable
- Take a couple of deep breaths
- Check your 7 point posture (Legs, back, shoulders, hands, neck, jaw, eyes)
- When you’re ready bring your awareness to your thoughts, and name a thought 3 times on 3 breaths (make it a short name)
- eg. inhale, sound of wind (exhale naturally), inhale, wind, inhale, wind then redirect your awarenss to another thought – it can be anything, sounds, feelings, internal thoughts (like what’s for lunch?), but keep it short
- Don’t engage with any thoughts, simply give them a name, and the space of 3 breaths to be part of your awareness before moving onto the next
- If nothing comes to mind simply name your breath until another thought comes
- If too many thoughts come save them up – and address them in turn. Or simply drop them and move on.
- No rush – be gentle and easy about it.
- When you’re ready to complete your meditation gently open your eyes, notice how you feel in body and mind, and resume your day with a smile 🙂
This meditation doesn’t need to take long – 3-5 minutes in your lunch break – or when dinner is in the oven, can train your mind to move through thoughts, without attachment, instead of creating worry and stress.
Let me know how you go with it, and I look forward to seeing you online – or in person, soon x
P.S. This is the 3rd week of my new 6 week online series Uncover Your Calm. You can stream for free, or buy the class pass ticket to receive all the recorded replays plus be automatically booked into all remaining live sessions (Aug 4 – Sept 8th) . Learn more here
P.P.S. This online series is based on the meditations featured in my book Pyjama Meditation – if you don’t have a copy you can get one here