A Settled Mind Sees Clearly

“Allow your mind to settle – like the muddy water churned up by a boat, it will soon become clear when settled” from A Thousand Paths to Happiness by David Baird.

Next time you’re at a lake, notice how the water can become murky when a high powered boat zooms by too close to shore.  All the silt and bits of stuff on the bottom gets churned up and you can no longer see anything clearly.  Wait for a while and everything settles back to the bottom and the water clears once more.

Once you see the bottom clearly again, you may spot a bit of treasure that you never noticed before.  This happens because when things are stirred up they don’t always settle into their old places.

The next time you feel like your thoughts are chasing themselves around in never-ending circles, put on some relaxing music, sit down and focus on the music, allowing your thoughts to settle and your mind to come to rest.

When your thoughts have stopped chasing themselves round and round in circles, problems seem to solve themselves.  The constant chasing of an answer, striving to solve problems only serves to churn up the silt of your mind, obscuring the answer that was right there all the time.

Worry acts as a way to churn up the silt of your mind.  Once you start worrying about one thing, don’t you find that other things spring up to worry about?  This is because worry acts like that power boat zooming in too close to shore over and over again as it races around the lake.  No sooner does the murky water begin to settle when the boat comes racing back through again churning everything up once more in its wake.

Becoming aware of your own thought-circles and how they churn up your mind is the first step in mastering the art of allowing your mind to settle and clear.  When that happens, you’ll be able to see answers to old problems and perhaps those new, creative ideas to share with others.

What are some things you do to help yourself settle your thoughts?

9 thoughts on “A Settled Mind Sees Clearly

  1. Very nice post Terresa. I find when worry or stress threaten to take over. I begin to speak in a very soft and calm voice. This settles me as well as anyone else I may be with.

    I hope all is well in your world!

    Kim

  2. Thanks for sharing Terresa. Nice post. I notice as I get older the voices in my head keeps getting louder and they have increased. I try to make sure I talk kinder to myself these days. I had a friend who pnce asked me, “how do you talk to yourself.” I had never really thought about it until then but it made me awear of all the negative thoughts I was putting on myself. Since then I have really tried to put an end to it. When those thought come in, and they still do I remind myself to talk nice. It has really helped me from beating myself up. We all deserve to be treated better…even to ourselves!!

    • Since there is so many fields of slaicepties that I have a choice of, I still really can’t choose one. So I am going base on my personal experiences. My original goal back in high school and maybe even before that, was to work in a Neonatal ICU! I had a brother that passed before he had his first birthday from heart complications, and that year I spent a lot of time at hospitals with my parents. My goal the first couple of years was to work with babies just like him. That was until I had my own children, I would of still loved to have worked in that career field but the heart ache I would most likely endure when one of those babies did not make it home. I could not have handled!On to more positive experiences, I have worked with the elderly and Geriatrics interests me very much. Being surrounded with people that have lived a fulfilled life is so much more rewarding. Even though at times it is the ending stages of their lives, and it is sad when someone does pass. It’s less of a heartache to know that most of the time they are ready to move on. They are still very dependent on you and when you are able to help them with their needs that’s the most rewarding of all, plus you form a special relationship with the patients and their families.

  3. Your post was an inspiration as is what is said on the-morning-motivator.com 9 am central time. Gives one something to relate to that also has to do with marketing — whatever you’re into.
    Hope you have a positive faith behind it regardless.

  4. Going for a walk really clears my head. It helps to inspire creativity as I can enjoy the wonders of nature while having an inner dialog. Truthfully, it is important for me to get away from technology for awhile and give my head a break.

  5. I so appreciate you Terresa. We just Skyped and I saw your mood message with this post in it. Its a good one. Wise words indeed. Its great to end with a question that engaged your readers to comment. And it was fun to see Kim, Xarah, Georgia and others I have known for years, commenting. All really good comments.

    I meditate in the morning. This gives me inner wealth for the day to tackle challenges that come up and what goes on in our mind, is indeed the biggest challenge, more so then what happens out side ourselves. We and our own mind, are indeed our biggest difficulty.

    When I meditate, its not easy to quiet the mind, so what I do is ignore it, by using spiritual music I play myself or sing myself or by memorizing and reciting prayers and spiritual poems. This seems to elevate my thoughts to a nice place. The other day I ended my meditation by telling myself that I will choose to be dynamic and focused today. it worked. today how ever, I am no so focused, more relaxed and its ok. I am enjoying it. I would not have seen your blog if I didn’t take time today to just do what ever, unfocused. Today is also a good day.

    Nice the chat with you again on Skype my friend! Keep blogging!

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