In my mindfulness/meditation teaching, I give lots of techniques to help calm the mind and be more present and mindful. Of all the techniques I’ve shown that you can use at anytime during your day, this is clearly the one that people like the most.
When you find your mind racing, or your ‘monkey mind’ is jumping around, or you are worrying and just can’t stop (especially as you are going to bed), do this:
- Stop yourself and ask yourself this question…
- “Do I need to be thinking about this right now?”
Typically, if we are truthful to ourselves, the answer is ‘No!’. Usually our mind is busy with random or worrisome thoughts that are of no value. There certainly are times when ‘functional thinking’ is useful – like when we are making plans, or rehearsing a presentation we have to make the next day, but our monkey minds actually can torment us and we often don’t even realize it.
So simply using this technique throughout your day, even if you find yourself saying it 50 times a day, is practicing mindfulness.
Give it a try. It works wonders for me and lots of people I’ve shared this with.