Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Does anyone have any pro-tips on how to clear your mind while meditating?
I know meditation is SUPPOSED to do that, but my brain is so hyperactive sometimes that I can hardly sit still—my brain just wants to think ALL THE THINGS.
Any advice would be sincerely appreciated!
I can’t actually meditate because my mind doesn’t stfu. My mind is always, always running. In order to fall asleep at night, I have to tell myself a story so that my mind will shut up enough to fall asleep. It’s fucking ridiculous.
So, I usually do repetitive type actions when I want to “meditate.” The repetitive action is enough for my thoughts to shut down enough to have a semi-meditative experience.
I have this same problem. I usually use a mantra, something to chant and repeat over and over. I try to picture the words, or images associated with the words, while I repeat them. After a while I start repeating them without needing to think about it, and I can listen to myself like I’m a recording… that’s usually when I feel I’m in the right spot, or the closest to the ‘right spot’ that I get.
Keep in mind too that there are other forms of meditation that don’t necessarily involve having to sit quietly. There are some that involve walking, or dance, or other movements, etc…, so unless you are trying to do something that requires a specific form, one of the others might be a better choice.
I have a very noisy mind too. I nearly always have a song in my head, and I daydream all the time. I’ve found it’s easier to focus on something than to try to think of nothing at all. Counting breaths or guided meditations have been good for me.
My big tip is to not let stray thoughts worry you. It’s easy to notice you’re thinking and get angry with yourself, and stress yourself out about it. Think of these thoughts more like clouds crossing the sky. Acknowledge that your mind has wandered, and bring it back to what you’re focussed on without admonishing yourself.
And your mind will be naturally cluttered when you start or if you haven’t been meditating regularly. So don’t feel badly or get annoyed. I’ll clear out in time, with practise.