How to Control Your Mind?
Every person would like to control their mind to an extent that helps them to lead a better life. Everyone would like to become successful in life and to feel important. Yet, some people hinder in life due to one common reason – unaware of the power of the mind and fail to control it. They couldn’t find any improvement in controlling their mind using the apparent techniques.
The power of the mind and its role in leading a successful life became popular through the works of eminent author Napoleon Hill. He clearly pinpointed the difference between the mindset of the powerful and the weaker people.
Some people become skeptical whether the mind can be controlled because they couldn’t notice any positive effect after using certain techniques.
The controlling mind is a possible reality. Before stepping to the various methods of controlling the mind it is necessary to know the basic mechanism behind it. Some people don’t care about the ultra-control of the mind to have psychic powers such as yogis. But everyone needs to increase their mental strength to lead a better life.
One important fact I would like to share with you is that mind control is a process that deals with both the body and mind. One cannot control the mind without considering the necessary principles of the body. The ancient techniques are based on these principles where it’s the basis for yoga and tantra.
The body and mind are meant to coordinately work towards developing mental strength and making one a powerful person in every respect.
As per concerned, the below-listed procedures play a significant part in leading you on the right path to control the mind. They all are interconnected and neglecting these will lead you nowhere. Without these preliminary steps, no yoga or meditation techniques would help you to control the mind.
1. Become an Early Riser
It is recommended that waking up early in the morning is the best way to prepare the mind for the long-term mind control process. If not possible to get up too early, consider waking up not late than 6 A.M. consistently according to your convenience.
The yoga texts and spiritual Gurus emphasize the importance of waking up early in the morning. The studies published in the journals have shown the benefits of the early riser and its influence on the mind. The world’s most influential people are the early riser.
There’s a quote that highlights its importance “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.”
Have proper sleep and get up early continuously for a month. You can feel the difference in the attributes of the mind. The negative thoughts and emotions become less. You will experience fewer mental fluctuations. The mind becomes more focused. It’s my own experience. (Read also Effective Ways to Fall Asleep Faster at Night)
Those who are in shift work they would have better luck later.
The mind becomes more subjected to the odd thoughts in the evening. It also becomes less rational when comparing to the morning hours.
You can clearly notice this characteristic in the thought process at night. For instance, a teenager would be planning at night ‘how to propose a girl tomorrow?’ Later, when he wakes up in the morning he would feel that some of his thoughts and planning are irrational. Similarly, this is the same for other cases where you would have greater clarity in your thoughts in the early hours of the morning. You can also notice the change in the ability of the mind to organize thoughts.
If you are a late sleeper and a late riser then you are more prone to negative emotions and negative thoughts. Mind control is a hard task for such people.
The yoga philosophy says about the 3 qualities of nature viz., sattva, rajas, and tamas. The more sattva attributes you have, the more you have control over the mind. This component is the basis for greater mental strength.
In living creatures’ man possess the highest level of sattva component. The yogis have it on a higher level than the ordinary people so they are more evolved. The sattva component is predominant in the early risers.
2. Stopping Habits that are Against Mind Control
Breaking a habit is not an easy task, but possible. If you are having habits that are against controlling the mind then it will lag you behind in it.
The mind is attached to bodily activities. This characteristic becomes evident from the drug addicts.
How to control the mind to break a bad habit? Some people are looking for ways to reduce their weight. There have realized the power of the mind that triggers them to have their favorite dishes more than the recommended quantity. They try to convince the mind but most probably ended up eating it. This is the true nature of the mind.
Here, we have to take steps by understanding the laws of the mind. Sometimes the positive affirmations don’t yield the required result. The best way is to avoid such circumstances. If you are having the habit of eating more pizzas that work against your weight loss, then this can be done by cleverly preventing you from getting into such circumstances as much as possible. When you develop such a habit it will become easy for you to control the mind.
If you are not having persistent drinking habits or not a chain smoker, don’t become overconfident that you have better control over it by having such items with you. The mind will certainly deceive you. Only a slight favorable condition is required to put you down. It’s the same for all other cases. This is where one fails to understand the laws of the mind.
3. The Quality and Quantity of Food We Eat
The food we eat can readily influence our minds. Not only the quality but the quantity also affects us. You can notice the difference in mental state instantly when you intake more caffeine content foodstuffs or the food items that induce the pleasures in mind. Nowadays, the quantity of intake is the main issue for some people.
The yoga text says that if a person is in the primal state of controlling the mind then he has to uphold certain principles in his life as much as he can. If you are not serious about such habits then don’t think about controlling the mind. If you are in such a place where you couldn’t skip certain food items then consider reorganizing the diet according to the needs. (Read also Does Yoga Practice Require a Vegetarian Diet?)
4. Uphold Few Basic Moral Qualities
Our thoughts influence our deeds and these deeds, in turn, affect our emotions. The yoga texts say about a few qualities of life that boost our mental strength. Try to cultivate such possible character traits. It will certainly have a positive effect on you.
An excerpt from Swami Vivekananda’s work gives a better insight “Raja yoga is divided into eight steps.
- Yama — non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-receiving of any gifts.
- Niyama — cleanliness, contentment, austerity, study, and self-surrender to God.
- Asana, or posture – removing blockages and revitalizing body.
- Pranayama – control of Parana.
- Pratyahara – or restraint of the senses from their objects.
- Dharana – fixing the mind on a spot.
- Dhyana – meditation, and
- Samâdhi – superconsciousness.
The Yama and Niyama, as we see, are moral pieces of training; without these, as the basis, no practice of Yoga will succeed. As these two become established, the Yogi will begin to realize the fruits of his practice; without these, it will never bear fruit. A Yogi must not think of injuring anyone, by thought, word, or deed. Mercy shall not be for men alone, but shall go beyond, and embrace the whole world.”
5. Control the Emotional Outburst
Keep away from the possibilities of emotional outbursts. If you do not control your anger, anxiety, and other negative emotions, your mind and body become accustomed to it. These consistent character traits make your body easily stimulate the chemicals to get into such a mental state. Such a state hinders mind control.
6. Try Not to Become Obsessed with Anything
If you do not possess healthy habits you have to pay for them.
The research showed that those who often check their emails and social network news feeds on expecting something, often end up being stressed. How often you check, the more stress you are building within.
The obsessions even in any minor cases can develop as a habit that supports the mind to have less control. The obsession doesn’t like the mind to remain in a calm state.
Changing such unhealthy behaviors would help a person to have more control over their mind. (Read also 2 Ultimate Ways to Control Your Mind and Thoughts During Meditation)
7. Having Moderation
Moderation is a significant quality that we have to stick to. This is the heart of mind control. The experienced yogis say that to become successful in controlling the mind you have to maintain moderation in life matters i.e., in food, sex, desire, work, and sleep.