“For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so; his mind will remain the greatest enemy.”-Bhagavad Gita
In a perfect world, we as humans would all be divine beings capable of only love, compassion, and empathy. We would be slow to anger, patient, kind, and all the virtues most of us strive to attain.
No one would cut you off while you’re driving, or argue with a cashier because they made the mistake of ordering a small coffee instead of a medium. I became tired of letting these daily occurrences ruin my day.
I wanted inner peace.
I wanted to feel calm in a world full of chaos, despair, and hate. I wanted to be the best me that I can be. I frequently see yoga pictures of someone perfecting a pose or someone that looks very calm looking out at a beautiful sunset. I see people that look happy and content.
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case and it’s why many of us chose yoga.
Once we realize what we truly need to work on anything can be achieved. So how exactly do we conquer the mind?
Discovering the truth about ourselves can be frightening but knowing our strengths and weaknesses, and what makes us happy can help us live better lives.
So how do we conquer the mind? Here are a few ways.
- Think about what you value- Discovering your values is vital to living a fulfilling life. How many of us have gone through life doing what others want from us? When you take the time out to find out what’s important to you, you can work towards your goals.
- Surround yourself with positive people– Ever heard the saying birds of a feather, flock together? Or you attract what you are? Sometimes just distancing yourself from negative people can help clear your mind and look deeper inside yourself. When you’re around encouraging, positive people, you feel better about yourself and you begin to surround yourself with people you admire.
- Talk to friends and family– Sometimes constructive criticism is hard to take but when someone truly cares for you, they will tell you what you don’t want to hear. You can learn a lot about how other people perceive you.
- Meditate– Meditation can be quite difficult for many people. Yoga is a great way to relax the body and mind so that you’re better able to mediate. I’m someone that constantly has thoughts in my head and it’s not easy to clear my mind and not think. The more you practice the easier it will become. There are so many benefits of meditation such as reducing stress, builds self-knowledge, creative energy, stronger spiritual connection, etc.
- Face your fears– We all have fears or things in our past that continue to hinder us from reaching our goals. We must conquer them and not let them stand in our way.
- Take time for yourself– Some of us have very busy schedules and can really take a toll on us as individuals. We can get wrapped up in so many distractions and lose sight of what truly makes us happy. It’s great to take time for ourselves and have time to reflect.
- Let go of past mistakes– Regretting what we’ve done in the past can truly become a burden on us emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Wisdom comes with age, learning, and growing each day. It would be nice not to have regrets but it’s just a part of life.
- Confidence– When we are confident in our own potential the power we can possess is infinite. Some of us are afraid to tap into this energy but it can help make you a much better person. It took a long time for me to realize that I was holding myself back by lacking confidence when there was so much strength. Believe in yourself!
Once we have mastered ourselves and truly love who we are, we can be better mothers, better fathers, better husbands, and just better humans in general.
Thank you so much for tuning in! Namaste.