Do you often find yourself stressed out, anxious, or restless? There are many reasons why this might happen. Maybe it’s because of work deadlines that are going to be coming up soon. Or maybe it’s because you’re worried about what your partner is going to say when they come home and see dishes piled up because today was just one of those days.
Whatever the reason may be, there are a number of ways for you to regain control over your thoughts and quieten your noisy mind once again. In this blog post, we’ll discuss several helpful techniques for silencing inner noise and getting back in touch with peace and serenity!
Ancient Techniques to Quiet Your Mind
For a gazillion years, humans have looked for ways to attain inner peace. Since before the introduction of modern-day distractions, people have tried different techniques and methods – some with great success. Others, not so much. If you are searching for a way to find inner peace and be more peaceful in your life, these ancient practices might be right up your alley.
Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either by technique or through teaching or training. Mediation can be practiced for varying lengths of time, such as sitting meditation where one sits cross-legged on the floor and concentrates only on their breathing; walking meditation while focusing; and a plethora of other ways you can enjoy this calming practice.
What is breathing meditation?
Breathing meditation is a simple and effective method for calming your mind. Start by finding a comfortable and quiet place where you can sit and observe your breath. With practice, you’ll be able to meditate longer periods or place your mind on your breath in any surroundings.
How to do breathing meditation
In order to calm your thoughts, I recommend starting with breathing meditation. With practice, you will be able to meditate longer periods of time or even focus on your breath at any given moment.
It is possible for you to be at peace with yourself and practice breathing meditation, even if you’ve failed in the past. Sit comfortably somewhere where it’s quiet, put on some soft music if you want, and take a few deep breaths.
It’s as simple as that: just breathe. Observe the quality of each breath; notice how they come in through your your nose and how you push them out through your mouth with such control and intention.
In this world of hustle and bustle, nothing is a singular focus. You’re watching Netflix while you’re scrolling Facebook, and you’re also fielding texts and pings from other social media platforms. Don’t even get me started on emails.
If you want your meditation sessions to be successful, then it’s important to practice. This means training your mind to focus on the object of that goal – whether this is a candle or a mantra. Note any distracting thoughts and refuse to engage with them. Return your attention back onto the chosen object of meditation and continue as before.
Visualize calming scenes to keep your mind at ease.
Select photos that promote happiness and tranquility. Perhaps imaginations of snow-capped mountains or sheep grazing in a meadow. I like to think about sitting on the beach. We want to retire in Mexico, and the beach is the #1 reason we chose this beautiful country to move to and live out our retirement. 🙂 If you love the beach, visualize your last visit – or dream of your next.
Direct your attention to positive thoughts.
Quieting your mind is a critical part of meditation. One way to accomplish this is by repeating a meaningful word or mantra during your meditation session.
If your meditation is part of a spiritual practice, you can follow the prayers taught in your tradition. Alternatively, you can soothe your mind by repeating any thought or quote that is meaningful for you. I have many quotes and mantras I cycle through. Others may choose verses from their Holy book, or spells, or quotes, or poems, even.
Your positive thoughts are yours, and yours alone. Don’t compare to others.
Use the Soothing Qualities of Water
Take a bath. Cultures around the world have long appreciated the soothing effects of water. A simple warm bath can soothe your nerves. Rest your head on a bath pillow and add some comforting scents such as sandalwood or lavender. Turn down the lights to low, then play soft music if desired.
To be completely honest, a shower is almost as calming as a bath is for me. Whatever works for you, do that!
Surround yourself with the sound of water. For a better way to enjoy your lunch break, try eating outside near a park fountain. Or if you prefer the convenience of working from home, it could be worth investing in solar devices for use at home.
With the hectic pace of our modern lifestyle, it’s easy to forget how to find peace and quiet. But we can take many small steps to detox from a noisy modern world in order to recharge ourselves mentally.
One of my favorite dates is when my partner and I go to the local park and watch the ducks and birds splashing in the water. There’s hardly anyone else there, ever! I walk barefoot and enjoy the feeling of the grass between my toes.
Get Back to Nature
In some eras, people routinely went on long retreats into the wilderness. Even a short break can do wonders to restore your peace of mind. Use the weekend to explore scenic trails for biking and hiking in our local state park or take a quiet walk around your neighborhood if you work indoors all week.
My partner and I both work indoors allllll week long, so when we get a chance to escape outdoors, we take it! This is a great way for us to recharge.
Cultivate a garden.
Developing a garden can be a great way to help you slow down and appreciate nature. Select plants (like herbs) that grow well inside of an apartment if you don’t have a backyard. We have a big backyard and a side yard that has several raised garden beds. Gardening has been very therapeutic for us as a family. We even created a how to garden website to inspire other families to do the same.
Spend time with animals to find peace.
The company of animals is therapeutic in itself, so take time to interact with your pets! I love hanging out with my dogs. Don’t have your own pets? Watch an adorable cat at play or sign up for horseback riding lessons. My teenager is terrified of horses, so this last one wouldn’t work for us LOL.
Live in the present moment
Put the past behind you. Dwelling on your past mistakes can make it difficult to feel relaxed and composed. If you’re thinking about times where things did not go as planned, decide if you want to devote your time and energy to more constructive activities.
To create for a better future, focus on the things that you want to happen and patiently accept whatever outcome presents itself. Whew. I know that’s way easier said than done.
In the meantime, while you’re creating your best future everrrr, make a conscious effort to live in the present moment. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, take time for yourself and do something calming like meditating or stretching. I love meditation (and it’s so easy you can even use Alexa to meditate!). It’s helped me in every aspect of my life. There are many benefits to meditation.
Practice mindfulness through your day-to-day activities. Be aware of what is happening around you as well as inside of you so that you can better understand how it all affects your mind. When practiced regularly over an extended period of time, this will help create space between stimulus and reaction which allows us to respond rather than react on impulse. As someone with ADHD, this has been life changing!
Take time to be grateful for the opportunity to live in this moment. Observe what is happening here and now. Engaging with the people around you will make living an amazing experience.
Ancient techniques for attaining a quiet mind are effective today. Check with your local bookstore (or Amazon) to learn more about meditation’s healing power and the methods that enable you to create an inviting atmosphere for you and others by training your mind to enjoy greater peace.
You may also want to consider joining an online community on sites such as Meetup where you will find other people who share your interests so you can meet up face-to-face from time to time.
Shut up and listen.
Listening more than talking is another way to create peace in your life. How many times have we met someone new and talked about ourselves for 20 minutes before asking them anything? Stop! Take turns listening attentively without interruption until each person feels heard, understood, and appreciated. This will enhance your relationship with yourself as well as others!