What if you could simply ‘get’ an awareness that would allow your mind to naturally quieten?
Here’s the awareness that’s helped me.
Thoughts come into my mind automatically. I can’t control my thoughts. I know, I found that one hard to swallow at first thinking I could certainly choose my next thought if I wanted to. Until someone asked me “Do you know what your next thought is going to be?” and realised that I certainly do not.
Sydney Banks realised that we all receive a continuous stream of ‘original’ thoughts in a pure, neutral form. In a healthy state these pure thoughts pass through our consciousness, like clouds in the sky. So, while there may be a lot of thoughts, being pure and neutral they don’t bother us.
However, as we become conscious of this pure original thought, we ‘contaminate’ it with our beliefs and conditioning. Pure ‘original’ thought becomes contaminated ‘personal’ thought.
Then we lock onto some thoughts, chewing them over like a dog with a bone. Of course, these are often the unpleasant thoughts, that cause uncomfortable emotions. So we can end up with a busy mind and not feeling good.
It’s been suggested that the most serious addiction in the modern world is addiction to our thoughts, and I see some truth in that!
So, now I have this awareness that I receive pure thought, that then gets contaminated by my conditioning and I often chew over the uncomfortable thoughts, it’s easy to allow my mind quieten.
When I feel my head is busy, I simply remind myself about pure and uncontaminated thought, and intend that I allow pure thought in. No doing, simply an awareness. My mind immediately quietens, as the uncomfortable ‘personal’ thoughts fall away. And, as a bonus, I often get more clarity about the task at hand from the pure original thought I’ve received.
I hope this awareness helps you, too, experience a quieter mind.