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Quiet the monkey mind

Experts say that human mind think 60,000 - 80,000 thoughts a day.

Some of those thoughts are productive, and some of them are not so much.

Some of them add value and some of them make us miserable.

Some of them are uplifting and encouraging, and some are negative and destructive.

According to psychologists at the University of California, about 85% of the things we worry about never happen. So then, why do our brains focus on those things?

Because they are preconditioned to do so for survival.

Our brains constantly need to assess our surroundings, prepare for the worst and run through those scenarios, just in case.

The more stress we experience, the more fragmented our thinking is and the less control we will have over our thoughts.

In order to be in control of our lives, we need to be in control of our thoughts, because they ultimately control our feelings and actions.

Controlling our thoughts is easier said than done.

How can we? There are so many of them.

Imagine if you could have your thoughts, ideas and goals, all aligned without contradiction.

Imagine if you could find a disconnection mode from the every day trivialities, and allow yourself to just be.

Imagine if you could be intentional about your thinking and direct the pattern of those 80,000 thoughts.

You really can.

The way to do it is through focused meditation. Even 2 minutes a day make a difference.

Meditation helps you to focus your thoughts, pay attention to your breathing and teaches you to appreciate the present moment.

There are not a lot of experts at meditation and mindful thinking, so it's good to remind yourself that there is no "right" way to do it.

Starting with a few minutes and then committing to 15 or 30 in the morning and at night is something to strive towards.

Meditation is not just sitting in silence, meditation can mean many things to different people and, again, there is no "right" way to do it. Just your way.

You can prefer to lay down and listen to music or sit in silence. You can prefer candles and scents, or need it to be odourless to really focus on the moment.

You can prefer to be around others or would like a solo practice.

You might incorporate visualization as a main part of the practice or prefer to acknowledge your thoughts and let them go.

There is no proper way to meditate.

The only way to do it right is whatever way feels good to you. The only way to figure out what feels good is through practice. It makes perfect, after all.

Allow your mind to direct your thinking and your focus.

Teach your brain to let your positive intentions shine through.

Quiet that monkey mind, calm the self-critic, silence the chatter and don't fuck with your inner peace.

Get out of your self-editing brain and allow yourself to get into your creative state, where you can connect the dots.

After a while you will stop second-guessing yourself and will step outside the "what if" scenarios that your mind creates.

You will be directed towards more productive and positive thoughts and will no longer devote time and energy to the things that don't matter or are not likely to happen.

Your mind will be directed towards the present moment and will focus on improvising with your thoughts in a positive way.

While you submit yourself to the element of unknown, and go beyond yourself, trust and enjoy that state of surprise.

When you improvise and do the unexpected, you don't have time to doubt or hesitate. There is no room for anxiety. And that is where the magic happens.

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