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What good methods of meditation are there for someone with a busy head?

I often find myself with too many thoughts buzzing about in my head for me to just sit down and relax or meditate. Does anyone have a decent suggestion for me to clear my head?

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  1. There are many small audio devices on the market that play nature sounds. Some have a clock/radio alarm on them. I have to turn mine on when I lay down at night to “ocean waves” to help me get to sleep. I think it would be the ticket for you during the day to pick some fave nature sounds and go with the flow. Good luck

  2. I found coloring mandalas to be one of the most effective contemplative prayer methods I have ever found. Normally I, too, have a very busy brain. This gave me enough to do to focus my mind on what I wanted to do with it.

  3. Rather than forcing yourself to sit for meditation, find guided meditation recordings. You sit or lie down and just listen to the suggestions and sounds (such as visualizing being in a beautiful environment or going on a journey in your mind) and this will help you relax and focus on something other than noisy thoughts. I personally dislike guided medtiations but lots of folks think they are great. They are very good for people who want to relax and focus and calm their mind w/o the rigor of actual meditation practice. And doing this kind of meditation may eventually help you to get into real meditation.

  4. It may depend on what ‘s on your mind.
    If you are dealing with emotions, or have more passionate thoughts, then methods that get to your mind through your body are probably the most effective: Any kind of catharsis, rebirthing, New Age meditations like Osho’s Dynamic or Kundalini, and also many alternative therapies (shiatsu, reiki, etc) could be excellent.
    If it’s more about focusing your mind, having it stray less, then I would recommend vipassana. It can work on emotions as well, of course, but it’s much more subtle – so it’s best to use it after you’ve already dealt with “the bigger and coarser issues”. It’s kind of like organizing your furniture first, and then cleaning the room. Look up dhamma.org
    You might also find this helpful:
    http://theopengateway.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52:wheredoibegin&catid=8:questionscategory&Itemid=12

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