As Ilchi Lee will tell you, learning how to steer your mind's thoughts is an incredibly powerful skill for personal development. It can keep you focused when you need it most, allowing you to break through the distractions of the outside world and the noise of your inner monologue.
There's no doubt that brain chatter is a natural part of the meditation release process – even the most experienced meditators get distracted. But the key is to refocus quickly. Meditation helps train your brain's muscles to stay focused on useful thoughts while kicking tangents by the wayside.
"What we want to avoid is concentration that's too 'loose', and soon unravels into full-blown distraction, or concentration that's so 'tight' that we tense up and give ourselves a headache," David Michie, author of meditation, tells Courier-Mail.
It sounds tricky, but it's plenty possible with the right steps.
Away with Distractions
The first way to ease your mind is to eliminate distractions. This has a lot to do with your environment. If you're in the living room with your kids shouting upstairs, it's going to be difficult to enter a productive brainspace. Find a place that's quiet and clear of distracting people, pets and technology. Yes, that means away with cell phones!
Take Your Time
Don't pressure yourself to slip into the zone within seconds. For most people, that's simply not realistic. Allow yourself plenty of time get into meditation mode, and make sure that your posture is correct. Meditation won't work if you're in a hurry.
Practice Mindful Breathing
Slowing things down by taking a deep breath is one of the oldest methods of relaxation. When you feel anxious, strained or stressed, try this mindful breathing exercise: Breathing in, silently repeat to yourself: "I'm fully aware of my in-breath." Then, breathing out, silently repeat to yourself: "I'm fully aware of my out-breath." Do in- and out-breaths five times. In moments you will feel more in control and a heightened stability.
It's within our nature for our thoughts to wander. But once you notice they've run away, reel them back in. Resist the temptation to follow the thought or criticize yourself for having it in the first place. Acknowledge it and continue.
With our busy daily lives, it can seem like our heads are spinning. But utilizing these steps, we can work toward a more enlightened, productive sense of brain education.