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How do you close/empty your mind?

I’m confused. I’m trying to find my own understanding of what path to take with my life, but I have too much going on in my mind. My past experiences keep me from ever fully focusing on the next step towards achieving a bit of enlightenment.
I asked my father for a word of advice, and he told me to empty my mind. He said if I can do that, I’ll get a moment of serenity in my mind, and I’ll get my enlightenment. Everything should make sense afterwards.
I don’t know how to empty my mind. I’m not a Zen Buddhist or anything, so this isn’t my area of expertise. I’m not really looking to read into a book about all this, I really just need a few words from the wise, about the trick, and maybe the philosophy behind the empty mind. (ex. Zen, Budo, etc.)
My dad practices Kendo, and he lives this kind of stuff. All he told me about was meditation. He said that at some extent, if I can clear my mind like this, I’d receive some sort of enlightenment. (From God or something?)
Little help please?


  1. I know nothing about this. Seems your father is something of an expert–maybe ask him?
    As a Christian, when I have trouble clearing my thoughts to make a decision, I’ve learned this is a bad time to make a decision, and I just keep doing what I’m doing. I also pray and read the Bible. I surround myself with people I trust that can hear out my ideas and offer their opinions to help me make decisions in life, as well. My father is one, but I also have friends of varying ages that I trust.

  2. to clear my mind i grab my iPod find the heaviest metal i can find hell even if its screamo then i blast it and just rock out. then when im all calm i just go about my day…or think about ponies and rainbows.

  3. its a secret, but i’ll give you some tips.. relax your whole body, close your eyes, and pay attention to your breaths.. try to focus on the points where your exhale becomes an inhale and vise verse. if a thought pops up, think about it going away out of your mind.
    but you should search out this secret!

  4. Is your father Japanese? I refer to this because you mentioned that he practices “kendo”. In kendo there is much meditation being done. Look up the word meditation and think about its meaning. From there you should able to understand how to put yourself into that situation or mood. You father is telling you to just sit and relax and breath deeply and make yourself feel peaceful. Let everything just go by and pick up where you left off tomorrow (the next day) You have to do this often for about a month and then I think you will start to find your way in clearing your mind.

  5. your father sounds so awsome!
    some people meditate better with new age music…hindu music is my fav! sit and breath for 2 minuets..focus on your heartbeat…controll your breathing feeeeeling it fill your lungs then your tummy. sit there controlling your breathing, you should feel lighter and maybe picture a smooth pond at dawn…peacfull

  6. Meditation isn’t rocket science. Anybody can do it.
    Read _the_Relaxation_Response_ by Herbert Benson, MD.
    It’s a very small book.
    There are four basic elements to meditation: A quiet setting, an object to dwell upon, a passive attitude, and a comfortable position.
    Do those four and you’re meditating. The rest is belief in a very well established practice, and repetition.
    Also, know what to do when your brain starts chattering away, “Gotta empty the brain, Gotta empty the brain, Gotta empty the brain, Gotta empty the brain, Gotta empty the brain, Gotta empty the brain, Gotta empty the brain, Gotta empty the brain, Gotta empty the brain, Gotta empty the brain!”
    Just allow the thought to be there. observe it without any passion, and just let it slide off you, very gently brushing it aside, and resume your meditation.
    That’s it, but a leader or teacher may be useful. Don’t use your Dad, as you want a dispassionate teacher, and Dad can’t do that, of course.

  7. I’m not big on people emptying their minds. I would advise prayer and meditation. By meditation, I mean thinking about God, His awsome greatness, and love.
    If you need to focus on an object to clear your mind, try going out into nature for inspiration. You could focus on a leaf (just an example), see the intricacies of the design, the veins, the texture and the color.
    Take a few deep breaths and just let you mind wander to the other beauty around you. I love doing this. It always calms my thoughts…Blessings!

  8. It’s not possible to “empty” your mind; it keeps working even when you are sleeping. What you need to do is to think ‘other’ things that are more positive. Develop a sense of humor; laugh at yourself; take part in sports or exercise; go on a trip; join an association that helps people; make new friends; and most of all, read.

  9. Meditation is a form of discipline that one needs to practice and develop over time. But what better teacher can you have when it comes to learning about meditation if not your own father who practices it, rather than getting quick-fix answers from here? You don’t have to be an expert on this right away. Practice some patience instead, Grasshoppah…
    But in any case, to answer your question, here’s one method. As a starting point, spend some time alone daily without any outside distractions or phone call interruptions. Sit comfortably in a quiet place and close your eyes, then begin focusing by listening to the rhythm of your own breathing, as you take deep breaths every time you inhale and exhale. Do this exercise for 15 minutes each session.
    Hope that helps.
    Peace be with you.

  10. I find that if I journal my the thoughts on paper that helps clear out some of the clutter ,next I light a candle and sit before it ,breath slow and deeply gaze at the flame for several minutes close my eye and meditate .I can slow down my “racing mind” I hope this can help

  11. Let’s face it. Not all of us have the luxury of being able to go and sit quietly in a room without distractions. When people think about meditation they imagine some bald cross-legged guy with his eyes closed blah blah blah… but as far as I am concerned you can meditate with your eyes open too!
    It’s called being in the present moment. When you are actively in the present, in the moment, your mind will have no thoughts. It can’t! Try driving and being fully present, try washing the dishes and pay attention to only what you are doing.
    I am serious, it will be very difficult at first because your mind will wander and you will start thinking of so many things as you’re driving or washing the dishes for example, but it’s a matter of practice. Another thing I taught my daughter to do just before she drifts off to sleep is to play the tiger in the woods… pretend that you are the tiger, and watching the inside of your eyelids for thoughts to come. As soon as one ‘appears’, you as the tiger gobble it up so it hasn’t got time to become a whole series of thoughts.
    Often, when I start getting stressed about a situation and the thoughts are sprouting at a gazillion miles an hour, I play the tiger in the woods just so I give my mind a rest or I go for a walk and consciously observe everything around me.
    If you do have time one day to pick up a book. Try PRACTISING THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle.

  12. You have too much in your mind but you want to empty it. If you want the peace of mind, give up some of your desires of profit and fame. If you need to gain a bit of enlightenment, start take up a Buddhist practice, such as Falun Gong. You can start slowly and do a little bit at a time. There is no short cut — no loss no gain.
    “A Calm Mind” in the book of Zhuan Falun, available on the web, may help your situation. However, it’s pretty advanced Buddhist teaching.
    Falun Gong is a unique Buddhist School, based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises.
    Falun Gong, Tibetans, other Buddhists, and Christians have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China.
    Can you kindly sign a petition to stop persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China ahead of the Beijing Olympics, please ?



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