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Post Reply My mind is full of stuff. What's the best way of making my mind a clean slate again?
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If you can manage Mindfullness and Meditation maybe that will help? Close eyes, focus breath and think nothing. Focus on your eyelids and let thoughts come and go. When it works for me it really works but sometimes Meditation won't do it at all.
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Striferu wrote:

If you can manage Mindfullness and Meditation maybe that will help? Close eyes, focus breath and think nothing. Focus on your eyelids and let thoughts come and go. When it works for me it really works but sometimes Meditation won't do it at all.


Mindfulness & meditation are excellent suggestions. Practiced together (mindful meditation), they will most definitely help with focus.

- Meditation can keep you more focused at work, study says
- http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/jobcenter/workplace/bruzzese/story/2012-07-08/meditation-helps-your-work/56071024/1

"Meditation is a lot like doing reps at a gym. It strengthens your attention muscle," Levy says.
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my advice to you is to start drinking heavily.
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Striferu wrote:

If you can manage Mindfullness and Meditation maybe that will help? Close eyes, focus breath and think nothing. Focus on your eyelids and let thoughts come and go. When it works for me it really works but sometimes Meditation won't do it at all.


Mindfulness & meditation are excellent suggestions. Practiced together (mindful meditation), they will most definitely help with focus.

- Meditation can keep you more focused at work, study says
- http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/jobcenter/workplace/bruzzese/story/2012-07-08/meditation-helps-your-work/56071024/1

"Meditation is a lot like doing reps at a gym. It strengthens your attention muscle," Levy says.


When I try to focus and relax I don't necessarily need to sit down and meditate. I can meditate when I walk too. As long as my thoughts are not going in and my senses are free to observe anything closest to the present. It's hard. Sometimes I make it sometimes I don't. I believe those times I don't would be when I'm stubborn or too proud of myself. Maybe been a bit too long without any human interactions. Social impulses can sometimes work as a nutrient for your soul. Then you can carry that home and start to meditate. Was this complicated?
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When I try to focus and relax I don't necessarily need to sit down and meditate. I can meditate when I walk too. As long as my thoughts are not going in and my senses are free to observe anything closest to the present. It's hard. Sometimes I make it sometimes I don't. I believe those times I don't would be when I'm stubborn or too proud of myself. Maybe been a bit too long without any human interactions. Social impulses can sometimes work as a nutrient for your soul. Then you can carry that home and start to meditate. Was this complicated?


Not complex at all. Good thoughts.

Social impulses can sometimes work as a nutrient for your soul.

Absolutely. Well said. I totally agree.

I too walk and view it as a form of meditation. I've often told my friends that I view walking as "moving mediation". There are visual and audible distractions, but I often use them to hone my abilities to concentrate. I'll focus on a distant sound as I'm walking and then back to my breathing, and then back to the sound. Because lets' face it: in any situation, outside of secluded quiet mediation, there are dozens of distractions. Mediation can help you choose which distractions to allow and which to ignore.

Sometimes I feel more mentally refreshed after a walk then 20-minutes of quiet indoor mediation. But I do believe in both and think that mindful mediation is very important for me daily. It has help make me a better friend to my friends.
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Striferu wrote:



When I try to focus and relax I don't necessarily need to sit down and meditate. I can meditate when I walk too. As long as my thoughts are not going in and my senses are free to observe anything closest to the present. It's hard. Sometimes I make it sometimes I don't. I believe those times I don't would be when I'm stubborn or too proud of myself. Maybe been a bit too long without any human interactions. Social impulses can sometimes work as a nutrient for your soul. Then you can carry that home and start to meditate. Was this complicated?


Not complex at all. Good thoughts.

Social impulses can sometimes work as a nutrient for your soul.

Absolutely. Well said. I totally agree.

I too walk and view it as a form of meditation. I've often told my friends that I view walking as "moving mediation". There are visual and audible distractions, but I often use them to hone my abilities to concentrate. I'll focus on a distant sound as I'm walking and then back to my breathing, and then back to the sound. Because lets' face it: in any situation, outside of secluded quiet mediation, there are dozens of distractions. Mediation can help you choose which distractions to allow and which to ignore.

Sometimes I feel more mentally refreshed after a walk then 20-minutes of quiet indoor mediation. But I do believe in both and think that mindful mediation is very important for me daily. It has help make me a better friend to my friends.


I have nothing more to add! Well said! (=^___^=)
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Anyway got any suggestions? I need to make sure my mind is clean and empty, so that I can focus. Only when I can focus and live in the present moment can I be successful at life.

No trolling in this thread. I'm in serious need for help because my life is in shambles and I need help from you guys.


When I need to clear my mind, I usually write stuff down in a notebook. Be it a diary or a w/e, it allows you to "transfer" your thoughts from your mind to paper.

I now write in a diary every day because I had trouble sleeping due to stress during my college years.

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DesuMaiden wrote:

Anyway got any suggestions? I need to make sure my mind is clean and empty, so that I can focus. Only when I can focus and live in the present moment can I be successful at life.

No trolling in this thread. I'm in serious need for help because my life is in shambles and I need help from you guys.


When I need to clear my mind, I usually write stuff down in a notebook. Be it a diary or a w/e, it allows you to "transfer" your thoughts from your mind to paper.

I now write in a diary every day because I had trouble sleeping due to stress during my college years.



That is slightly different from what I do. I write it everwhere where people can read and hopefully respond to it. Trying to keep my most private stuff in my own world. I'm really giving too much information to people but it loosens the tension of anxiety and stressful thoughts. My mom says I should write a diary. Maybe I should!
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Meditation is good. Deep breaths. Also, a kind of visualization. Imagine when you're breathing in, you're taking in good energy... and when you exhale you're releasing all your negative energy. Try to fully relax when you exhale. I'm trying to use this technique whenever I feel angry.

Exercise is also good.
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my advice to you is to start drinking heavily.


Works wonders for me...

Also having one true friend you can confide in and talk to helps a lot..



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When your mind won't shut up, and is full of mental vomit, the best way to clear it is to fill it with things that have nothing to do with yourself, your worries or fixations. In general I would say meditation in the form of repeated chanting/prayer and reflection is good for that. As a Christian (Catholic) I would say nothing is better than praying the Rosary, Jesus Rosary, or the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. If you want to go the orthodox way, the Chotki is good. The Buddhists and Hindus have their own similar prayer/chant beads too called the japa mala , the Muslims have the misbaha (or tasbih or sibha), etc. Take your pick. If you are secular (non-religious) you could use what are called "worry beads" and make up your own mantra. Here are a couple of good non-religious ones from Frank Herbert. (I'm a Dune fanatic) ....or you can also make up your own.

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

(You'd have to change some of the wording (underlined) on this one to make sense):

"It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains. The stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion."

"Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken."

" I will bend like a reed in the wind."
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