A Quiet Mind

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”Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality. So pay close attention to the thoughts you choose. They have a way of becoming real.”

Peace and quiet is a precious commodity, but sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Finding calm in a world of chaos can be a tall order.

Even during moments of relative quiet – while you are lying in bed or commuting to work – your mind runs through an endless loop of worries and fears, conversations, and plans. Not only does this create anxiety and stress, it can also mean that you miss out on the small and beautiful moments that present themselves in your daily life.

We may not be aware of this, but we spend so much energy on gossiping, judging other people, finding faults in others, and consumed in negative thoughts like jealousy, guilt or fear, and making excuses to cover up how we actually feel. This is useless junk that clutters our mind and does not contribute to our inner well being.

One way to clean out the clutter in our inner space is by guarding the garden of our mind. Being conscious of what we allow inside, starting with our own words, thoughts and attention.

No matter what goes on around you, smile. It works on the physical level. It works on the psychological level. Smile and focus on the feeling it gives you. Smile and focus on it. It will spread with every breath you take. It will lift you up.

Choose a very specific image in your mind, such as a waterfall, beach, or tree, and try to focus on it alone for several minuets. If other thoughts get in the way, gently push them aside. Do this once or twice per day. The goal is to let your mind achieve a sense of relaxed awareness.

Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.

Khalid Hosseini

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