It seems to me that I just cant seem to stop thinking lately.. and its even keeping me up at night. I am really not sure how to quiet my thoughs. Any ideas guys?
Get into a very comfortable position, whether sitting or laying down, and then start to watch your breath go in and come out. Don’t force your breathing; just let it happen on its own. Be a witness to your breath as it go in and come out; just like watching clouds go by. If you start thinking of something, just refocus again on the breathing. Give it a shot.
Go for a nice long jog, make sure you run at a comfortable pace, if it hurts or your out of breathe then slow down, or walk for a little bit. you’ll be able to think to yourself while running, and when you’re done your body will have used up its energy. I feel after exercise, I am more able to relax my mind and meditate or just stretch out and go to sleep.
What I found worked for me takes along time, but is well worth it in the end.
Don’t try to stop thinking. Let yourself think. All day, everyday. When I’m out walking, or riding the bus, or travelling, I never listen to headphones. I just saunter along, alone with my thoughts. Just following each thought, seeing where it came from, where it was going, thinking about all my thoughts.
Then one day, I ran out of thoughts! I had thought about everything that was stored up in my head. I imagine it like a big concert hall, and before it was filled with people, all talking at the same time. It was terribly hard to focus on anyone at a time. So, I travelled throughout the concert, and talked with each “person” one at a time, so they could leave. And one by one, they were dealt with, and left, and eventually, everyone was gone.
Now, I’m alone in my concert hall head, and when new thoughts appear, they come in bit by bit, (or sometimes in a rush) but it’s never too much to deal with, I can always speak with each one.
Sometimes there’s a band playing in the corner though that’s hard to get to shut up xD
You can do this while “meditating” as well (it could be meditation, I just do it while walking about, or daydreaming in class…), by sitting and focusing on our mind. This may make it a bit faster, because instead of creating new thoughts while dealing with old ones you just focus on the old ones.
When thoughts arise, take a mental note or “picture” and hang it on the wall of your mind. Each time this happens, take the picture and hang it on the wall. There is no reason to become frustrated, just keep doing it. Might take a week, might take a year. After a while, there will be nothing and that’s when the fun begins :)
@kyle27, thats funny, I had bought the book about a year ago, read half of it, but i never understood it at the time and i lost interest, but i never got rid of the book and just actually picked it up and started to try and read it again. I do think it will help =)
I am not sure if this is a good method, but what I have been doing for the past few days is go running all out. No matter how I feel. Whenever I get a thought which doesn’t go away, I “run it out”. Then have a cold shower to bring me back to reality. Sort of helps.
I don’t think that you can completely stop thinking because you will think as long as your brain is working (for example, you are unconsciously having these voices in your head while you are reading this); but you are able to stop bad thoughts and focus on the positive ones, which requires efforts.
@kellah, it is not possible to stop thinking , there is no magic stick , only way is just dont pay attention to thoughts, let them come & go , do meditation, in the process of meditation thoughts will keep coming but lt them come & go , dont review them ,
another way is what ever you do do it completely , with body & soul, no matter what you are doing eating , talking , walking ,feel every action every deed done by you, & more over live every moment
1. Just sit down, close your eyes and focus on nothing but your breathing. Just keep breathing deeply, slooooowly, and SILENTLY. Don’t give up, don’t worry about thinking, just keep breathing and focus on your breathing. That’s all.
2. Instead of doing what I said above, just go for a run. Run, run and RUN some more. Fast, long, until you can barely stand up, barely breathe. Then go recover.
3. Another good old method is hot, passionate, hard sex. If you’re still thinking after that, you didn’t get a good enough fuck.