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Why restless mind is a block on the road? Block 4.

Restless mind distracts us from the gaps between thoughts where we can find the inspirations and new flashing ideas that guides us to a new path.

We are still on our path to clarify all the blocks on the way to the mastery of our unique gift and making it available for the universe reach. We need to stop hiding it inside ourselves or bounding it behind our defense mechanisms. The 4th block on the road is the restless mind.

The first 3 blocks cleared,

We had cleared previously three of the five blocks. We had started by finding our starting point and in case we can’t find it we opened the gates to try new things till one of them resonates with us and we became aware of the steps we need to grow this new skill.

Then, we learned together some tricks to be aware of our daily activities and where we can find time in our busy day for the new comer to our life. Balancing between new activities and long running ones is a key to maintain the new one alive. Think of a mother who receives a new born while caring for another child. If all her time was given tot he newborn, the elder child will think how he can make this intruder vanish to return to the comfort zone of full care. Same happens with the energy fields of our daily habits. They fight for their existence so don’t frighten them by dumping them totally.

The third block we cleared was the illusion between entertainment and internal joy. Internal joy is all the time within you as an anchor point. once you discover it, you can return to it every now and then. While, entertainment is external injection of happiness in our surrounding environment that disappears as soon as we close its physical source. To retrieve it we need to switch on the source again. This source can be a friend, a TV or a social media account. When we get addicted to this source we deepen a believe that our happiness lies there and that’s a fake anchor point. Real anchor points are within and can’t be taken from you.

Now, The fourth block is our restless mind

When on the a new road, feeling anxious, looking for the way, can’t see your next turn, at this moment any sound around you is frustrating, distracting and pushing your anger and fear buttons. Why? Because we have an internal program that runs consciously to make us focus. Anything distracting our full attention is fiercely rejected. In this situation if you let you mind stray around, you will get lost

But, in the case of finding the way to excel a skill or a hobby we are not that much alerted. So, the subconscious program that forces our focus to the situation in hand is not running. So, our mind strays around and we lose the track.

The stream of thoughts in our mind is generated from old situations we had practiced, listened about or watched even in the social media. All these sources are stored in our mind and they pop up when any new situation is there. It tries to tackle it from the old perspective which won’t serve our case this time.

Clear Calm Mind

This status of a calm clear mind is when: we receive inspirations, listen to our soul, see guidance that is all the time there around us, see new opportunities, new roads, new life experiences.

To reach to this status where we can see the new ways around us instead of the old repeated paths we need to be aware of the present moment. The stream of stored thoughts hide the present moment.

To calm down the thoughts, focus your attention for few seconds on a repeated sound out there. If you can’t find it listen to your breath or follow your chest movement. That’s why many gurus suggest doing this practice in the nature beside a tree, a flower, even some moss on a rock. Then after those few seconds, catch the thoughts that are coming. Ask yourself: is this thought serving me a solution here and now? But I don’t want a solution here and now, so why this thought is coming.?

Usually it is either an old memory or a future anticipation. Then, it will fade away. Repeat this with every coming thought. When you reach to a silent gap while watching this flower. That’s when you are not thinking about its colors, its scent, the bee around it, how it grows that lonely in the wild or in a pot. Just then you will have a little whisper; let we do this or go there or call someone and, it will stop. It wont grow as a stream. It will be just a whisper. That’s why it is missed in the noise of our restless mind, streams of thoughts and external distractions.

watch a tree

To calm down the thoughts, focus your attention for few seconds on a repeated sound out there. If you can’t find it listen to your breath or follow your chest movement. That’s why many gurus suggest doing this practice in the nature beside a tree, a flower, even some moss on a rock. Then after those few seconds, catch the thoughts that are coming. Ask yourself: is this thought serving me a solution here and now? But I don’t want a solution here and now, so why this thought is coming.?

Usually it is either an old memory or a future anticipation. Then, it will fade away. Repeat this with every coming thought. When you reach to a silent gap while watching this flower. That’s when you are not thinking about its colors, its scent, the bee around it, how it grows that lonely in the wild or in a pot. Just then you will have a little whisper; let we do this or go there or call someone and, it will stop. It wont grow as a stream. It will be just a whisper. That’s why it is missed in the noise of our restless mind, streams of thoughts and external distractions.

Is the thought stream flowing throw our mind useful?

Yes, we might need this stream of thoughts when doing our regular activities. However, it won’t show us something fresh. Fresh thoughts comes after silence gaps.

Can you relate to a situation where you spent part of the night in the chaos of thoughts about a next day event? When the next day came and this event is here, you showed spontaneous reactions that has no relation to all your previous night thoughts. That’s typically when you are in an exam. The thoughts pop up to you with the answers. But, if you quiet your mind, it will whisper a new idea as an answer. You don’t know where this idea came from and you label yourself a creative. When you squeeze you mind trying to find an answer 9 out of 10 times, you won’t find it. The only way to find a new answer is to take a deep breath and rest to the awareness inside you.

In conclusion,

During the mind restful and calm moments, that’s where you will find your guide to excel your new skill or hobby, in the silence of a quiet mind. Your restless mind is serving you with information you had studied before. But an inspiration or a new idea comes from outside the streams of rehearsed answers. It subtly glides in your awareness from with the silence.

Further reading can be found in Deepak Chopra article and video at CNBC: Manage your stress today with these 5 tiny practices

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