Still the Chattering Mind

Buddhists have long worked to teach people to still the chattering mind, understanding that this is an essential step toward inner peace and greater consciousness. But some of those techniques can create an antagonistic relationship with a part of us that is, and is meant to be, an ally.

You cannot stop the linear mind, leaving nothing in its place. It resents destructive approaches.

The work is simple. Do something else instead:

The key is sensing. As your body becomes more and more alive through the activation of your senses, sensing is what you do instead of thinking. Sensing takes the place of thinking. Awareness is focused through your senses, attentively noticing all that you sense. It has no time for thinking now. Your consciousness begins to move out of the brain, leaving the analytical mind behind. You begin to find the world that our ancient ancestors knew so well.

Adapted from The Secret Teachings of Plants, by Stephen Harrod Buhner (Inner Traditions, 2004). Copyright (c) by Stephen Harrod Buhner. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Secret Teachings of Plants, by Stephen Harrod Buhner (Inner Traditions, 2004).

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g d c.3 years ago

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Marianne Barto
MARIA B.4 years ago

Thanks

Howard C.
.4 years ago

Sometimes we spend so much of our lives worrying about what might happen we forget to enjoy what is happening. If we cannot do anything about something then there really isn't any point in worrying about it.

Shirley E.
Shirley E.4 years ago

It's a really good exercise to check yourself in the moment, to notice all the sensations you are experiencing and observing the thoughts that pop up apparently from nowhere.