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Silence The Mind July 20, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

The benefits of stilling the mind go far beyond the spiritual aspects of life . . . every part of life improves.

The clouded mind sees nothing.

Inner peace, calm, and clarity are seldom achieved when we look to the Ego for guidance.

The quieter the mind becomes . . . the more we understand.

When we stop analyzing and picking everything apart, when we learn to just accept life as it is, we gain clarity and understanding.

When we stop judging everything as good, bad, right, wrong, we begin to see things as they are.

When we stop looking at life through the tinted and dirty lens of past experience, the clouds part and we can see the sun.

Without so much endless chatter running through our brain, we start to notice what is being offered right here, right now and take time to enjoy it ~ a sunset, a walk in the moonlight, a bird in flight, a lone butterfly.

We reclaim our power.  We no longer crumple into a ball, or feel the need to retaliate, at a harsh glance or an unkind word.

People who toss angry words in our direction rarely disturb our inner peace.

They are mere pebbles on the path.

When we stem the tide of frivolous thoughts endlessly cycling through our brain, we eliminate much of the stress and confusion we’ve felt because we’re no longer distracted by Ego’s petty concerns.

Our priorities become clearer.  Instead of using an ever changing external compass, we look within and use an internal compass to guide our actions.

As insecurity and fear dissipates, we live more courageously.  We no longer worry about what others want us to say, be or do.  Instead, we act with integrity ~ our thoughts, words, and actions in harmony.

We realize, perhaps for the first time, that we don’t need a permission slip to live the life of our dreams.

We are not mired in the past by sad, stale thoughts.  We’re not caught up in endless worry about the future.  We are right here, right now . . . where happiness, joy, peace, tranquility, and serenity reside.

Enjoy this moment.  It won’t last.  The future soon will be the past.  The day quickly becomes the night.  Fill your life with delight.

Quote:  Try spiritual practice and see for yourself. ~ The Buddha

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1. nrhatch - July 20, 2010

Life is filled with adventure, excitement, magic, wonder, and infinite possibilities to explore.

But to see the magic, we must be willing to open our eyes and wake up.

Quote: “What are you ~ a god, an angel, a saint?”
“No,” replied the Buddha, “I am A~W~A~K~E.”

Loreen Lee - July 20, 2010

You are repeating yourself, or rather the Buddha! Can you really cure me? Are you a Buddha?

nrhatch - July 23, 2010

Loreen, please see my comment to you on “Dalai Lama: Inner Peace & Happiness.”


2. cindy - July 20, 2010

Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle, you think just like him Nancy.

nrhatch - July 20, 2010

I don’t know that I’ve read that book, but I’m generally familiar with Eckhart Tolle.

The wisdom of ages is worth repeating. : )

3. Barbara Gunn - July 20, 2010

The wisdom of ages needs to be repeated until we get it!!

nrhatch - July 20, 2010

I agree.

It’s like learning to play the piano . . . we need to practice, practice, practice.

Through repetition we gain proficiency.

4. Agatha82 - July 20, 2010

Trying to silence the mind is really hard sometimes, as I found out three days ago when I temporarily lost the plot and allowed stupid thoughts run away with everything…phew…glad I got past that!

nrhatch - July 20, 2010

The more you practice, the easier it becomes . . . and it takes less and less time to get “back on track.”

In time, fewer and fewer “stupid thoughts” appear on the horizon.

Even then, life is not always “smooth sailing.”

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