Have you ever believed your mind get away from you? 1 moment, you’re entirely calm, the following, you feel so distressed you can barely keep it together. Racing in a thousand directions, your brain plays out the innumerable chances, and all the while, your resolve to stay calm slips away. At times such as these, our mind may seem like a wild elephant, racing out of control. How can we tame this wild elephant so that it works for us, rather than against us?
If you tether an elephant, then it flaps its ears and slaps its tail and attempts to run away. And that is exactly what the mind does when we attempt to tether it. The tighter we attempt to handle our thoughts, the more powerful they pull off from us. Here is a wonderful example–think about something, anything whatsoever –simply do not think about a pink elephant. When you see that, what did you think about? So hoping to prevent ourselves from thinking about something may not be the ideal approach.
Scolding an elephant once it runs away will not do much good . Can you imagine trying to scold an elephant? Scolding ourselves is like that too–if our mind runs wild it will not produce positive outcomes. We might scold ourselves until we are out of electricity. . .we might be mad until we are blue in the face, but our head is still going to think what it needs. So I hope you will take my word for this –there is a much better approach than regretting ourselves.
Judging an elephant is not productive either–it won’t help the elephant and it won’t make our task easier. We might feel badly about ourselves, we might feel worthless, but we surely won’t encounter the greatness inside us. So judging our thoughts isn’t the strategy we’re searching for .
So what is the best approach? If a wild elephant tries to run away, instead of tethering it, or scolding it, or dismissing it, you could gently pull it back. Again and again, every time that it runs out, gently pull down it again. It may help to offer a peanut or something sweet to convince it to return willingly too. As time passes, and with continual training, the elephant will be tamed as it knows you are the master. So too, will your head be tamed if you practice pulling it back.
Each time you experience a thought you do not want, either during meditation or in your ordinary life, gently pull your mind away from that notion. Your first impulse is most likely going to be to judge your self, or to induce the idea from your mind. But we both understand this just will not work. Gently pulling your thoughts back is the best way, and just like the elephant, this is easier if you have something sweet to pull your mind back to. Focus on feeling your breath moving in and outside of your own body, and pull your mind back to a mantra or positive confirmation. The longer you exercise affirming this to yourself, the more powerful it becomes. Think about it. . .it worked in the contrary direction, right? Haven’t your unwanted thoughts down you? Haven’t they created all types of havoc on your life? Why don’t you let positive affirmations have a go at it for some time, and see what happens?
Positive affirmations may take many forms. To create yours, use the present tense, be positive and avoid the word’not.’ Then practice repeating it to yourself with certainty throughout daily. When things are simple, this clinic is a cinch. Afterward, during trying times, when our mind wishes to go crazy, positive affirmations provide our thoughts something steady to hold on to.
Like an elephant, the brain is powerful. And after tamed, both elephants and also the mind will do the job for you. So once you end up in the middle of negative thinking, when you locate your head working out on you, gently pull down it . By always pulling your mind back into positive thoughts, you will discover your self-esteem increasing along with your outlook on life improving. Until the next time, may all be well.