When thoughts haunt us without giving us respite, according to a Buddhist teaching it is important to be patient and do nothing.
Un Buddhist tale narrates that the Buddha sent a disciple to get water in a muddy lake, over and over again, although the latter was evidently irritated by the request, since the water was undrinkable.
But the last time he reached the lake, he found it crystal clear and clean. The Buddha explained to him that the mud settles by itself, you just have to wait, just like ours does mind, that to find calm and balance, when disturbed or undecided about what to do, it needs patience.
On the other hand, Buddhism has always said it, quieting the mind is the best way to find the answers that are useful, coming out of the state of perennial irritation and mental confusion that keeps us under siege, making us nervous and stressed.
In this regard, in the book "The peaceful tranquility of mental silence" by Lama Yeshe, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, we read:
“If you are pestered by the problems created by thoughts, instead of trying to stop these problems by holding on to some other idea, which is impossible, silently examine how thoughts cause you difficulties. Sometimes a silent mind is very important, but "silent" does not mean closed. The silent mind is alert and awake; a mind that seeks the nature of reality. In stillness you will find all the answers. Doing nothing, when you don't know what to do, is the solution. "
One of the causes of our constant dissatisfaction they would be right thoughts that alternate in the head, and that do not leave us a single moment in peace. Thanks to practices such as meditation we can slowly calm this uncontrolled flow and bring the mind back to a state of tranquility.
solo silencing the thoughts the answers arrive, the ones we really need. But there is no logic that matters because it is not the reason that finds them, but another part of us.
To do this we should learn, as Lama Yeshe suggests in the interview book cited, a observe our thoughts while remaining silent, both internally and externally:
“You are not the whirlwind of thoughts pounding your head, you are just the observer who is in the middle of the problem. You are the consciousness, which is waiting to be heard. How to achieve this state of calm that allows us to solve problems? Certainly through silence. To be able to live in joy and lucidity, silence, both internal and external, is fundamental. A physical closure with a head full of noise is useless. Silence inside and out. "
Worth a try!
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Source: Redefine Life