Postaday #204: Close your eyes and try thinking about nothing: what happens?

Close your eyes and try thinking about nothing: what happens?

It’s counter-intuitive, but awake or asleep our brains are driven to be doing something. It’s a surprise to most people to realize how little control they have over their own minds, an observation which may explain why the behavior of people on this planet, and our own behavior, is so frustrating.

Meditation is one way to learn to control one’s own mind better, a skill that would seem to be more important than most people consider it. If you can’t control your own mind, you are lost.  Or perhaps you disagree?

Hmmm this one is kind of an esoteric topic. Hence, I copied the entire prompt into my post to help me focus on not focusing. The thing is if you are trying to think about nothing and you are working on controlling your mind, are you thinking about nothing? Can you make your mind a test pattern? Somedays I can and have done that. It is helpful if I am on a beach by the ocean and i close my eyes and try to achieve inner calmness. For awhile I hear the children playing on the beach, and I hear the seagulls. But if I sit there long enough, the rythm of the waves eventualy lulls me to an inner peace. Soon the ocean waves begin to sound like the earth inhaling and exhaling.

I often will then lie back on my towel or blanket. I eventualy have such a serene, calm feeling that I fall blissfully and peacefully asleep. I awaken as refreshed as a little child who has fallen asleep in her mama’s arms.

The trick to meditating or emptying my mind when I am NOT by the ocean is to attempt to go to that happy place by the ocean. Sometimes I can almost hear the ocean…..but it is usually only an almost. But it suffices if I am stressed out. Can you close your eyes and think about nothing? How do you do it? Does it help or does it seem just like an artificial exercise?

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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