Relieve mental noise and stress
Stress increases mental noise, it is a universal effect. As mental noise increases our mind fills with sensations and thoughts. The mind begins to repeat things, get caught up in the same thought again and again. Feelings and thoughts can also seem unrelated. As I described in class last week, think of your mind as a large pond. When we receive sensory overload whether coming from traffic, loud noises, trying to do too many things at once or from inside our heads the still pond of our mind becomes agitated, when those waves become too fast and strong it can even express itself as mental illness, schizophrenia, OCD, etc, narratives or voices that seem separate from ourselves. These disturbed waves lead to mental fogginess, making mistakes and finally insulation to try and deal with this overload. Our mind creates stories and distortions which we believe are real. We become lost in the detail or lose sight of the whole becoming more impulsive, acting out of fear, trapped in habits becoming a different person or our stress personality.
We try to escape the pain of our sensory overload, by escaping our reality. We watch TV when we should be studying for our exams. We clean out a cupboard when we need to complete our tax form. We seek one great cause of our misery, our relationship, our families, our jobs, etc. We seek one solution to end our pain, if we are just more religious, good, follow a guru, etc we will be saved. Our striving for this one great solution becomes a platform for judging others, we start blaming and isolating ourselves and/or we escape into fantasy, TV, films, etc.
Now we are only using our old reptilian brain, situated at the brain stem to function. The limbic system which gives us compassion and the ability to relate to others stops functioning. We are in survival mode, alive but not living.
Ok that all sounds terrible now what can we do. It is important that we have a daily practice of reducing the internal and external noise vibrating in our mind. Watch those waves and then dive deep into the stillness that exists even if the nosiest of brains. You could use the tools of yoga, pranayama, meditation, kriya, gong, going for a swim, etc. However being mindful (ie watching your thoughts) is not enough. You need to go one step further to move your mind into a neutral meditative state, zero or shuniya, even if it lasts for just for a few seconds. You need this mental silence to help you recalibrate your mind. It is like the reset button on your phone when it is playing up. From this reset state our brain function can get back to normal and we be the healthy, happy humans we were born to be. Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy firstname.lastname@example.org.
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