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Interested to hear peoples opinions on how best to control your mind, and/or get the best out of it?

Over the last few years I have looked at many different methods of developing inner peace, and mind contol(meditation, tai chi, mantras, proverbs, ancient knowledge, religion etc). One of the best ways I have found, is the importance of managing internal stimuli ie negative thoughts, intrusive thoughts, feelings and emotions. One of the methods is simply-meditation style-ignoring these games of the mind ie not energising. Trying not to think internally ie keeping focussed on whats around you etc, rather than focused internally/on self. Any thoughts on this? Is it best to simply not think about self, and let the brain/mind do its thing? Almost a paradox-to get the best from the mind requires stopping your thoughts? Big topic I know, any thoughts on this subject(s) would be appreciated and read with interest. Many thanks.

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Krishnamurti has written about this problem. His way to have peace in mind sounds simple but is actually relatively difficult: you have not to think about your meditation, not to focus on it, but only let it come. I do not know how this was possible – he knew, of course, Asian meditation methods but doesn’t apply them in their original form.

I guess that Krishnamurti’s method is really applicable but it needs very much training: you have to forget what you are doing!

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Controlling of the mind and higher levels are reached only through the breath meditation. At the beginning you will find that you cannot concentrate on the breath as other thoughts come in. If you sit down and close your eyes you will notice that your mind is jumping from one thought to another. Even though you want to concentrate on your breath you will find other thoughts also coming in between. To calm and control your mind you must follow every thought that comes into you mind. You must be like a Manager of a Hotel who stands at the… Read more »

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Interesting thought, will give it a whirl, sounds a bit like chilling out, I find that happens a lot when I am practising tai chi – I THINK it was Confuseus that said the brain/mind is like a glass of muddy water – when active, view is distorted and poor. When still, vision clears, problems solved. (some thing like that!)

Thank you for sharing.

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In my experience, Zen meditation is probably the safest and most direct way. But it can take a lifetime.

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Big topic as you said and a big question too. Not in terms of length but in terms of the answer which one will have to look forward to. I would like to be brief on the topic. I believe it depends on ones attitude and perception of life. The deeds a man commit, are the reflection of attitude towards life. Therefore it is all in your mind. If you can controle it positively, you can have peace of mind, at least you will not be having any guilty feeling. A man is a victim of circumstances, therefore prone to… Read more »

night worker
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night worker

i think praying helps clear my mind & gives me more peace.
i do meditate sometimes,not that much though. 🙂

jess b
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jess b

start smoking a lot of marijuana!