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How to control your mind
In today's world we only see many people having highly scattered and turbulent mind. They have not been able to still their mind even for a moment. People are restless, living in tension.
As our life has become mechanical, formula based. Controlling mind is certainly difficult for them. Mind is perturbed. They will be in office but think about he office work. Think of a student. A student has to think always of his studies. He can not ignore studies and always play in the field. We all know hat our body and the mind are closely interlinked. So a simple solution for the problem is that if we control the body mind automatically be controlled.
In order to live, we eat food that gives energy. So we eat to live. But we should not live to eat. Our scriptures say, "Enjoy the world but not let the world enjoy you. You may it the food but not let the food eat you." Food is what we eat through our mouth. But whatever we inhale through our senses say feelings they also a sort of food. What we eat through the mouth supports our body. But the experiences we grasp through our senses shape our personality. What we see, hear, smell, touch all these give a shape to one's personality.
Gita says "For him whose habits of eating and recreation are controlled and regulated who is balanced in sleep and working, and whose actions are disciplined yoga becomes the destroyer of pain." Thus food decides what we are. Food we eat can keep our minds quit, positive and under control. Such food is known as satwik food. Yoga describes three types of food, of which satwik is one. The other types are rajasik and tamasik. Examples for satwik food. Fruits and vegetables, milk, honey, dry fruits, whole grain cereals etc. Rajasik foods stimulate the mid and make it restless. For example tea, cofee, cola drinks, salt(in excess), sugar,tobacco etc. They perturb the minds. At certain times the mind go out of control.
Tamasik foods make the mind dull and lazy. Example: Meat, alcohol, fatty foods, canned foods etc. In addition to the type of food, we should know when we should eat, what combination of foods we have to eat and at what temperature we have to eat. Suppose you eat too cold food it is not good for the system and it is not digested. Similarly you should not eat too hot food. Eating is not our business. Overeating is still bad. Infact we have to give holiday for eating. That is achieved by fasting at least once in fifteen days. Our ancestors prescribed 'Ekadasi' the eleventh day in a fortnight as the day for fasting. Fasting removes the impurities of our body and allows the "Prana" to flow evenly. Also fasting prevents us from succumbing to the temptation of food. Ultimate result is we would be able to control our mind. For fasting, you must have a will power.
While eating, one has to chew the food throughly and should never push it down his gullet in gulps. Replace with fruits and vegetables, all eatables that are artificial and processed. Also cultivate the habit of eating only when you are really hungry. Do your exercises regularly and go for your walk in the mornings or/and after evening meals. If you are so busy and have no time for long walks or exercises, walk to the not so nearby places where you usually go by bus or two wheelers. Celibacy or restraint is one more important factor in the control of mind. Sex is a need like food. But it has limits. One need not to be abstinent from sex for ever. Remember, sex should be under control. Sex is just a tool in your hand for getting pleasure for a while. It is not bigger than you. Have judicious control of sex. This helps to elevate your mind.
Yoga can Help:
Yoga is mixing body and mind. Yoga is a physical method. It should not be mistaken with physical exercise. For meditation yoga designates few sitting or meditative postures. They are called Yogasanas. Besides sitting postures like, the popular Padmasana, Vajrasana, Sukhasana etc. There are other yogasanas which when practiced leads to quietness and control of mind. Once you master yogasanas you can sit effortlessly for a long time and so certain works easily.
Pranayam is closely reated to mind. It is a technique of breathing. There are several ways of doing pranayama. Breathing plays a vital role in relaxing the body as well as mind. When your mind is perturbed your breathing is shallow, jerky and erregular. Where as when your mind is relaxed breathing is deep, slow and rhyth nice.
Learn to control your breathing. Nadi Suddi Pranayama is quit effective for reducing anxiety, tense, and fear which disturbs the mind.
These days, people are used to aerobic exercises. These exercises demand rapid movements. By these exercises you can remove the tension of of your muscles. They release pockets of tension stored in the body and 'prana' flows uniformly, this allows the mind to function better.
This enables to strengthen and center the mind. Usually tratak exercise is done using a burning candle. The candle is kept at a convenient distance say 3 feet. You have t gaze at the candle continuously with open eyes till tears start trickling down. You may gaze at a dot on a wall, a picture of your like instead a candle flame. By reciting 'OM' sound one can get relief from a disturbed mind.
Avoid negative thoughts. Your life much depends on how you think. One should develop the habit of viewing everything positively. There is no greater than a healthy, positive life. Thoughts which gives us pleasure are positive thoughts.
Brain + Positive Thoughts= Extreme Success.
1. Reduce noise level.
2. Inhale fresh air.
3. Drink pure water or mineral water.
4. Keep the house or office premises clean.
5. Use paper instead of plastic or polythene.
6. Provide better ventilation and enough.
7. Sunlight in the dwelling place.
8. Avoid day dreaming.
9. Let your thinking be planned.
10. The conscious mind should control the subconscious mind.
11. Have faith in god.
12. Exercise tolerance and patience.
13. Avoid hurry.
14. Do not react immediately to insult or criticisms.
15. Increase your will power.
Meditation removes mental limitations. Mind is a bundle of thoughts. Moreover the mind is always attacked by thoughts and we become victim of thoughts.The mind goes on us. To bring the mind to our control some exercise are necessary. Meditation is one such exercise. When the mind is in conflict creates sorrow.
Whenever a problem troubles you and you find no solution or no one to help you, better go into meditation. Meditate till you find the solution. Definitely you find the solution.
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|Author: Ramachandran Pattabiraman 01 Apr 2011||Member Level: Gold Points : 1|
|It is very hard to control the mind at the sametime it is not that much hard to control the mind as we can sit in the cinema hall for the three hours without turning this side and that side. As we are somehow or other having practice of sitting in a place calmly, it is easy to sit for controlling mind if we have continuous practice.|