Blanking the Mind- How to stop thinking

Profile photo of KellyM KellyM (@kellah) 4 years, 4 months ago

It seems to me that I just cant seem to stop thinking lately.. and its even keeping me up at night. I am really not sure how to quiet my thoughs. Any ideas guys?

September 4, 2012 at 12:27 am
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Casey (1) (@charisma) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

What i do is i sit down and cross my arms. Then i imagine a point of light or matter in the middle of my mind and let it wash over me, forcing my other thought from my mind. Its all about feeling and visualizing it.

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Shovav (4) (@shovav) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

Get into a very comfortable position, whether sitting or laying down, and then start to watch your breath go in and come out. Don’t force your breathing; just let it happen on its own. Be a witness to your breath as it go in and come out; just like watching clouds go by. If you start thinking of something, just refocus again on the breathing. Give it a shot.

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ashtonbrainwavelove (23) (@ashtonbrainwavelove) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

Meditate! Try binaural beats, too, they will help you drop into meditation more easily.

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Anonymous (2,653) (@) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

Talk to yourself out loud and repeat the same words. Magic.

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Anonymous (364) (@) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

Write shit down and think about it tomorrow.

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dave (19) (@dkman) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

Go for a nice long jog, make sure you run at a comfortable pace, if it hurts or your out of breathe then slow down, or walk for a little bit. you’ll be able to think to yourself while running, and when you’re done your body will have used up its energy. I feel after exercise, I am more able to relax my mind and meditate or just stretch out and go to sleep.

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Webshea! (9) (@thelightofgod) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

You have to treat it as a issue.Something is getting to your emotions and you must educate yourself on whatever it is thats upsetting you, or taking up so much of your time that its affecting your everyday life.

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Anonymous (291) (@) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

Yes, sex works.
As well we running.
Or spending time in nature, where you can reflect and let things go.

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Imars Volta (1) (@imarsvolta) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

Meditation i guess its the best option, once you learn how to do it, there is not any better way to stop thinking, i started with this video and really helped me out. Hope you can give it a chance. :)

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Bryan Hellard (302)M (@xyver) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

What I found worked for me takes along time, but is well worth it in the end.

Don’t try to stop thinking. Let yourself think. All day, everyday. When I’m out walking, or riding the bus, or travelling, I never listen to headphones. I just saunter along, alone with my thoughts. Just following each thought, seeing where it came from, where it was going, thinking about all my thoughts.

Then one day, I ran out of thoughts! I had thought about everything that was stored up in my head. I imagine it like a big concert hall, and before it was filled with people, all talking at the same time. It was terribly hard to focus on anyone at a time. So, I travelled throughout the concert, and talked with each “person” one at a time, so they could leave. And one by one, they were dealt with, and left, and eventually, everyone was gone.

Now, I’m alone in my concert hall head, and when new thoughts appear, they come in bit by bit, (or sometimes in a rush) but it’s never too much to deal with, I can always speak with each one.

Sometimes there’s a band playing in the corner though that’s hard to get to shut up xD

You can do this while “meditating” as well (it could be meditation, I just do it while walking about, or daydreaming in class…), by sitting and focusing on our mind. This may make it a bit faster, because instead of creating new thoughts while dealing with old ones you just focus on the old ones.

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zowie (115) (@zowie) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

don’t think, just do.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

This would be considered brain death.

Pick up a gun and pull the trigger. No more thoughts!

Too dark?

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cheeky (76) (@cheeky) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

Great question!

When thoughts arise, take a mental note or “picture” and hang it on the wall of your mind. Each time this happens, take the picture and hang it on the wall. There is no reason to become frustrated, just keep doing it. Might take a week, might take a year. After a while, there will be nothing and that’s when the fun begins :)

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Kyle (9) (@kyle27) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

@kellah, you should read “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. I’m reading it now and it’s changing my life.

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Nick (553) (@splashartist) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

@kellah, Just call up your brain police to catch and lock the thoughts away. Easiest way to do it, trust me.

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Binsho (0) (@bichubabu) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

even am thinking to get rid of the same prob……nt yet found a proper solution….;)

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KellyM (107) (@kellah) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

@kyle27, thats funny, I had bought the book about a year ago, read half of it, but i never understood it at the time and i lost interest, but i never got rid of the book and just actually picked it up and started to try and read it again. I do think it will help =)

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mint (2) (@mint) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

I am not sure if this is a good method, but what I have been doing for the past few days is go running all out. No matter how I feel. Whenever I get a thought which doesn’t go away, I “run it out”. Then have a cold shower to bring me back to reality. Sort of helps.

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Judy G S Q (44) (@decaffeinated) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

I don’t think that you can completely stop thinking because you will think as long as your brain is working (for example, you are unconsciously having these voices in your head while you are reading this); but you are able to stop bad thoughts and focus on the positive ones, which requires efforts.

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raminder singh (0) (@rs64) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

@kellah, it is not possible to stop thinking , there is no magic stick , only way is just dont pay attention to thoughts, let them come & go , do meditation, in the process of meditation thoughts will keep coming but lt them come & go , dont review them ,
another way is what ever you do do it completely , with body & soul, no matter what you are doing eating , talking , walking ,feel every action every deed done by you, & more over live every moment

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Kyle (9) (@kyle27) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

@kellah, yeah its a slow read. I can only read a few pages at a time. After a few pages though it’s always nice to put the book down and meditate for 5-10 minutes. great way to start the day

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St Emilion (2,989) (@manimal) 4 years, 4 months ago ago

1. Just sit down, close your eyes and focus on nothing but your breathing. Just keep breathing deeply, slooooowly, and SILENTLY. Don’t give up, don’t worry about thinking, just keep breathing and focus on your breathing. That’s all.

2. Instead of doing what I said above, just go for a run. Run, run and RUN some more. Fast, long, until you can barely stand up, barely breathe. Then go recover.

3. Another good old method is hot, passionate, hard sex. If you’re still thinking after that, you didn’t get a good enough fuck.

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