One of the main questions I get all the time is, “How do I turn off my mind?” This is interesting to me because, through my education and practice I know that this is an exercise in futility. Turning the mind off is impossible, and in my video I explain why. Let’s take a look:
So as you can see, the first question we need to ask ourselves is not “How do I turn my mind off?” but rather “How can I access peace, quiet, clarity and focus?”
This process begins by first focusing on asking ourselves, “Where is my mind?” Many people will respond with, “It’s in my brain” or “My mind is my thoughts or my consciousness.” Take a moment right now to just focus on your breathing. Calm your breathing and think about that question, “Where is my mind?” What is your answer?
When we take a look at the mind, we see that the mind’s job is to constantly create thoughts, confusion and dialogue. This is what makes us who we are, it gives us our creativity, our liveliness, our personality. In essence, to try and quiet the mind we would need to focus the mind on quieting the mind, right? As confusing as that may sound, we actually end up activating the mind more in an effort to turn it off. Talk about insanity!
This is where meditation and using The Pause comes in. When you meditate, you become a witness to the mind. Think about that concept for a moment. You observe your mind rather than activating it. When you become a witness to your mind, you experience the total state of “no mind”. You retreat from the conscious mind and enter the I AM witness space to your mind.
When you Pause, you take back the power to quiet the mind. You choose your thoughts. Being a witness to your mind changes how you look at it, you change your perspective. Instead of being “in your mind” you are actually outside of it as an observer. This is the ultimate goal of meditation and Pausing for Power; to take a step back, breathe, and rather than engaging your mind, simply observe it. Don’t allow yourself to get pulled into your mind…simply witness it. When you choose not to engage in battle with your mind you also choose to rise above it and enter that “no mind” space that Osho speaks about.
I would love to hear your thoughts about this post. Are you able to enter that space of “no mind” when you meditate? What were your answers to the question, “Where is my mind?” Please feel free to leave me a question or comment below so we can continue this conversation.