At this Saturday, July 30, 3 hour Introduction to Mindfulness, there is often a lot of interest in what can be done about one’s thoughts. I hear participants say: “Show me how to stop my racing thoughts, please”. Another way of putting it is the request: “Please show me how to stop my thoughts”.
In my life, the experience of racing thoughts and other types of thinking, usually unwanted, was a regular challenge. Prior to practicing mindfulness, I usually felt at a loss in terms of how to respond during these thought episodes. For example, have you ever gone to bed and wished you could find some way to stop your thinking in order to get to sleep? How about anxious thoughts that proceed an important event?
Here are some mindfulness tips to consider.
Firstly, know that our minds are generating thoughts all the time. It is important to understand that it is in the mind’s nature to generate thoughts, and, for this reason, it is not realistic to think that thoughts can be stopped.