The mind never rests. Identifying with it causes a great deal of stress and anxiety. Besides, this gives the ego freedom to direct our lives.

The mind works nonstop, even while we sleep, jumping from thought to thought, leaving us agitated and confused; it seems so impossible to control. In fact, a mind is a tool of our Being. Thanks to the thoughts we generate, we can perform tasks that are useful in our lives. But when those thoughts get out of control, they prevent us from concentrating. The good news is that if it is possible to calm it down, the great challenge is learning how to do it, especially in moments of chaos and confusion. But we need to know why the mind is so noisy and restless to do that.

The first step is to know oneself; how can I harmonize myself if I don’t know who I am? We can’t have a healthy lifestyle if we don’t know who we are. Apparently, the hardest thing for a human being is to understand who it is, what its mission is, what its goal is, and so on. You can deal with the world once you know yourself.

Imagine separating yourself from the rest of the world so you can feel and recognize who you are. The path is consciousness; without it, there can be no peace. We would be prisoners of our own minds, of a conflicting mind that is constantly at war, a mind that cannot sit still for a second, and in the same place where the ego enters to completely dominate us, taking control of our senses without our ability to resist. He is directing our lives in his own unique way.

Mental waves leave a mark on our unconscious.

Imagine your mind as a large lake full of life. Suddenly, someone arrives and throws a stone into that lake. The lake starts to produce a lot of waves, one after another, in an agitated manner; precisely the same thing happens in our minds. You can identify with each of the waves you’ve allowed to be produced if you become involved.

In Eastern philosophy, vrittis are those mental undulations that produce an exhausting and endless activity of thoughts that majority of the time, come and go without us noticing. They are all those thoughts with which we constantly identify and establish a discourse about how we see ourselves, our perceptions of others, our opinions, memories, ideas, etc. These mental waves leave a mark on our unconscious, creating certain habits in our behavior.

Here’s a question: why do you react to a situation without exercising control or awareness of it? Do you experience rage, fear, or frustration? Our personality, our way of being, acting, and feeling, is formed by the repetition of these mental waves. Maybe you’ve wondered why what happens to you happens to you. Why is it that reality does not match your expectations? Stopping your mind for a moment will allow you to notice how simple everything is and that nothing is as complicated as the mind has led us to believe.

To keep the mind calm, you don’t have to be distracted. Getting rid of what is not essential would be the key to focusing on what matters. The ego is very vulnerable and insecure; it always feels threatened. If you are not aware of the present moment, you will be giving the reins of your life to the ego, and you will never be able to find the peace and tranquility that you seek. Ask yourself now, “How well do you know yourself?”

How could I keep my mind calm in the midst of so much noise and chaos?

The mind always tries to deny the present time and escape from it. In other words, the more you identify with your mind, the more you suffer. How could I keep my mind calm in the midst of so much noise and chaos? Take a deep breath and remain silent. In silence we usually find the answers. But how do we achieve it?  Meditation is an excellent tool to quiet the mind. Concentrating on your breath is much easier than it seems; with constant practice, you can develop the ability to find calm in this hectic world.

Meditation will help you calm your mind in a stressful situation, wherever you are. The more we practice mental concentration techniques, the better our attention will be able to prevent these thoughts from arising and developing, which end up controlling us.

Yoga is a way to explore the body, mind, and emotions; through them, we know ourselves and learn our strengths and weaknesses, values and defects, which we can work through the different disciplines and techniques of yoga to achieve transcend and achieve the liberation of the action-reaction cycle known as Karma, and thus be able to express our true selves without mental conditioning. Look carefully inside of you to discover and recognize what ideas are occupying your mind now and throughout the day.

True happiness comes from mastering our emotions and maintaining a calm, stable, and peaceful mind. Remember that your senses do not direct your attention. You have control over your attention, and you can direct it wherever you want. This will allow you to immerse yourself in everything you do and thus keep your mind centered and calm. You control your attention, not the other way around, and this will help you stay calm at all times.

 ‘You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.’ .- Carl Jung

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