How often do you manage to turn off your mind and really enjoy some silence? Or maybe you are one of those people who can’t even imagine such a thing to be possible. Well, it is possible, it might not be easy in the beginning, but it is possible.
It was the French philosopher and physicist, Blaise Pascal who affirmed that: “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” But why is that? Why can’t we just sit quite without doing anything? Why can’t we just be alone with our own selves and enjoy those moments of silence, whether they will be 5, 15, 30, or 60 minutes?
Whenever you try to sit quiet without doing anything, nothing at all, trying to detach yourself from all your so called problems, from your own life, your own thinking, you will immediately realize how your mind will get louder and louder, trying to convince you that what you are doing is a complete waste of time.
You will probably hear something like this: ”Hey, you! What are you trying to do? Don’t you realize how much work there is to be done? Are you just going to sit here, doing nothing? What, are you crazy or something? Do you even realize how much time you are wasting? Get up and get busy. Time is money my friend, time is money! There is a future to stress about, a past to regret, the house needs to be cleaned, your children will want to eat, there are dishes in the sink, bills to worry about, emails to be read, phone calls to be made, and many, many other things that need to be done, and could be done in this very moment, so get up and start working! Come on! What are you waiting for?!”
The mind will get so loud, so noisy and it will be almost impossible to ignore it, and a lot of people stop here, they give up, believing that it is an impossible task, believing that silence is quite a luxury, and once again, the mind wins. This is why I always say: Don’t believe everything your mind is telling you, don’t believe everything you think!
Also, there are people who are afraid of shutting off their minds because when they do, if they do, they might discover that their problems aren’t really as big as they thought they were, or worse, they might discover that they have no problems at all. They THOUGHT they have problems but now that their mind is silenced, what problems could they have? A lot of times, the situation isn’t the problem, but how we choose to process it, and also how we choose to THINK about it. William Shakespeare was right when he said: “It is neither good nor bad, but THINKING makes it so.”
You see, things, events, situations, people, etc., they just are the way they are, neither good nor bad, but we choose to label them, and by doing so, we choose to be disappointed, to experience pain and to suffer.
Shutting off your mind from time to time is not an impossible task, and it’s beneficial to our health and well being. You will be able to silence your mind by becoming present, by paying attention to your breath and your surroundings, by paying attention to your inner feelings an your body. This is how you will manage to silence that chatterbox of yours, this is how you will be able to discover the peace and tranquility that you already are. We all need some quiet time, away from all the mental noise, away from our so called problems.
It feels so good to turn off our minds from time to time, and you will discover that by doing so, things will get easier for you, you will become more present and engaged in your daily life, so much peaceful and serene, and in the end, your whole life will get easier, lighter and so much happier. You will no longer have as many negative thoughts as you once did, and because of this, most of your problems will eventually disappear, and this is how you will find peace. Not by looking without, but by looking within yourself.