A wise man once said, “Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart.”
Left uncontrolled, the human mind is similar to a kid in a candy store; in order to maintain focus and productiveness (and to avoid experiencing something like “sugar hysteria”), we must efficiently slowdown our focus and thinking. This may sound as though it’s easier said than done, and that’s because it is. However, human beings are a highly adaptable species, so follow the techniques below and you too can quiet your mind by finding inner peace, harmony, and balance.
#1: Always focus on positives.
Daily life has become so noisy and hectic that it is almost impossible not to be captivated by all the negativity in the air. Yet, if you can catch yourself when you begin to focus on negative thoughts—or if you plan to focus on positives before you even get out of bed in the morning—then it is possible to consciously shift your thinking to something more positive and keep it that way. This technique will make your life considerably more peaceful on its own.
#2: Think about peaceful words.
Whenever you start to feel stressed, think about peaceful words, topics, and subjects in order to calm yourself down: tranquil, serenity, light, love, and breeze are all good choices. More specifically, words which describe scenery are particularly calming and effective.
During meditation, the “normal” flow of countless thoughts is replaced by a flow of fewer thoughts which are comprehended more peacefully and sensibly. You will become much more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and the calming effects of meditation will benefit all these aspects of yourself and more. However, even sitting quietly for ten minutes each day can also be very beneficial.
#4: Live in the moment.
Much anxiety is a result of thinking and worrying about the past or the future instead of the present. Of course, every human being should learn from the past and plan for the future, but thoughts about the present should occur far more frequently. You don’t want to be that kid in a candy store (who was mentioned earlier), but you do want to think a little more like you did when you were younger: think from one moment to the next more often than you dwell on past memories or future uncertainty.
#5: Connect with the environment and wildlife.
You don’t have to go on a seven-day Survivorman challenge, but you should do things like eating your lunch in a park, or cycling on a bike trail instead of on a workout bike. Being surrounded by nature will calm you, and the exercise will strengthen both your mind and body.
#6: Think about yourself—your internal self.
“To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.”—Thich Nhat Hanh
#7: Make anywhere and everywhere your own happy place.
“You don’t need a special place to meditate. You can transcend anywhere in the world. The unified field is here, and there, and everywhere.”—David Lynch
#8: Think, think, think—but don’t forget to act.
“You don’t meditate once and suddenly your life turns around. What it does is it lets you train your brain to be able to become more stable in an action-oriented way.”—Goldie Hawn
#9: Ask yourself many questions.
“To ask questions can become the laziest and wobbliest occupation of a mind, but when you must yourself answer the problem that you have posed, you will meditate your question with care and frame it with precision.”—James Stephens
#10: Workout hard.
“I like to meditate. But I get rid of my stress at the gym.”—Jason Statham
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.