a busy mind is no mind

taming your mind gives you a sense of control

Taming your mind in a way gives your mind back in the sense of taking back control. When you are so busy in your head, you don’t time to think about what you are thinking about. Your thoughts take over and run their own story. That is it is important to take time out each day to sit quietly and observe what is going on in your head. You will be surprised what you find.

What I found was that I had a tendency to over analyse and over think things. It is so easy to create stories around events or what someone has said that you don’t even realise that you have made something out of nothing. When you still yourself for a few moments each day (that is all it takes), you are able to step outside of your mind’s natural tendency to overcook a thought. You see how you end up creating scenarios that don’t even exist. Expect in your mind, of course.

being mindful

When you become more mindful in your life, you begin to see how you clutter your mind with all these thoughts and words. There is an excess of them. Most of them aren’t even important. They take up ‘rent space’ as they say. And this  is exhausting. You jump from one thought to another without giving it any thought. It becomes habitual. You don’t even realise that has become a habit. It is so automatic.

As you begin to slow down and give your mind a break, it gives you the opportunity to become aware of these stories you have created. It will take time to let them go, as they have become a friend and a big part of your life. It takes practice and a willingness to be open to wanting to change. Because who are you without them?

And that is the exciting part – finding out who you really are under all these words. This gives you a chance to get to know yourself as you tap into the positive rather than the negative. What you will observe is that most of your thoughts and stories are negative, critical and judgmental. This creates a lot of unhappiness and exhaustion in your life. You have become over identified with them and lost sight of your amazing self.

how to tame your thoughts and mind

Make time in your life to sit and simply be. This will take practice and diligence at first as you are so used to being busy thinking. Here are some ideas:

  • create your sacred space to sit in on a daily basis.
  • write in your journal as this will get those words out of your head onto paper giving you the chance to see what is you actually think about and the stories you tell yourself.
  • focus on your breath to keep you anchored in the present moment as this allows you to observe thoughts as they arise, rather than getting distracted by them.
  • exercise to help clear your head and use up excess energy
  • gardening is a great way to be present with nature and doing something constructive and creative.
  • have fun time

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed tends to strengthen your negative thoughts. I have found when I am overtired, I start to get into negative thinking creating all sorts of scenarios. And this in turn tires me even more. As a consequence, I don’t make wise decisions, I am grumpy and irritable and furthermore, I don’t enjoy my days missing out on precious moments. Then I realise I haven’t taken sufficient time out taming my mind.

What you love is finding yourself. You begin to tap into this most loving, kind, thoughtful, and intelligent person. As you release your negative habits and thoughts, you see how you have played small most of your life. You begin to feel confident, strong, calm, powerful, decisive and most importantly, you begin to live by your own values and what is true for you.

to get you started

To help get you started on how to start your daily writings, why not purchase my ebook on how to journal. Or if you are needing some ideas on how to create your sacred space, click on this link to receive your gorgeous ebook and join up to my newsletters to receive your weekly short guided meditations to help you in taming your thoughts.

 

 

meet chantal

Chantal Vanderhaeghen is an intuitive guide, small business owner, creator of an international skincare brand, passionate philanthropist and meditation, reiki, tapping and mindfulness teacher. She works with women ready to make changes, shatters perceptions of beauty and perfection, and inspires people ready to become mindful entrepreneurs. She lives with her talented man in the Perth Hills and can be found online at www.unfoldyoufreedom.com.au

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