“There is a point where in the mystery of existence contradictions meet; where movement is not all movement and stillness is not all stillness; where the idea and the form, the within and the without, are united; where infinite becomes finite, yet not.” – Rabindranath Tagore
For a long time my mind was busy even when I meditated. I would begin my meditation with good intent but after a few minutes, I found I would drift off with thoughts about the rest of the day. It takes discipline to enter into stillness.
You can work with restlessness by focusing the awareness on a single object such as the breath. Because a restless mind tends to hop from one object to another, this technique produces a single focus and you cannot focus on the breath and on your thoughts at the same time.
Deep Breathing helps release your stress and creates an inner calmness. Become aware of your thoughts coming in but also letting them go, knowing that only this moment is important.
Throughout history, cultures have believed in the sacred power of words. Finding a mantra to chant in your meditation helps keep you focused as well. Some examples are below, so find one that resonates with you.
Om Shanti Shanti
Aum or Om
Silent repetition of a mantra leads to a deep and profound understanding of its meaning, which is an irreplaceable boost to the spirit behind your chanting.
There are many ways to enter into stillness but most importantly you must “Practice.” You must learn to discipline your mind from busyness and the more often you practice, the easy this stillness will integrate into the rest of your life.
“Living in the present moment is the full awareness and appreciation of the life we have, right here, right now. Present moment awareness is being aware of what is happening in ourselves and our world instead of being lost in random fears from the past and uncertainties, hopes, and expectations for the future. In the absence of those fantasies we have the opportunity to enjoy our day-to-day living.” – Shannon Duncan