How To Settle A Turbulent Mind?

English: A girl lost in her thoughts!

English: A girl lost in her thoughts! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Do you have constant mind chatter? Same recycled thoughts put through the tumble dryer of your mind? Spinning fast and slow, fast and slow, never stopping, same thoughts over and over…..I have that too….


Sometimes these thoughts and chatter disturb us so much that we end up losing our cool, feel tense, worried, stressed, frustrated to the point of angry outbursts until we off load these onto some other person.  Once dumped, the mind quietens momentarily and it all starts again.


How do we settle this turbulence, so we can fly through smoothly without any bumps?


By saying “YES”.


That’s right – say “YES” for everything.


“Assertion Creates, Negation Destroys” When I came across this statement by Sai Baba – I had to ask “HOW?”


How does Assertion create?


What does Assertion mean?  It means ‘declaration’, ‘positive statement’.


We all know the benefits of ‘positive statements’, remaining in a positive frame of mind and what it does to us in all our personality domains – physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual.


Do we find it hard to remain positive without getting consumed by negative?


Yes, we do.


But we need to remember that positive and negative are the two sides of the same coin.  We cannot have one without the other.  When we concentrate on one in preference to the other, that is when we stop creating.


Assertion means saying ‘YES’.  We say ‘YES’ to everything.


Saying ‘YES’ does not mean we sit on the sidelines passively.


Saying ‘YES’ means we have acknowledged the things  happening both positive and negative, within and without us, without judgment.


When we acknowledge, there is no internal resistance.  We breathe, our internal organs are not scrunched up, our mind is not turbulent, our pulse is even, our heart beat is steady.


There is a stillness rising from deep within out of that simple ‘YES’.


That stillness – resounding in its silence, causes creative action to leap forward and we surprise ourselves how broadly and objectively we can think and how expansive we become.


“First Understanding, Then Adjustment” – says Sai Baba.  Assertion creates action arising out of understanding and adjustment.  Saying ‘YES’ removes the barriers from understanding.  When we understand something, we then make adjustments accordingly.


If I don’t say ‘YES’, I am closed and judgmental.  When I am closed, I don’t allow myself either to stand in other person’s shoes or even understand myself.  This applies for minor as well as major issues.


How many times do we hear people say, “But you don’t understand……..”; how many times do we say, “You don’t understand……”  It is because we are hooked to our opinions and judgments and not give permission to be open enough to listen objectively.  This more so with ourselves than with others.  It is a hard task to drop all the “Should not haves”, “Could not haves” and “Must have’s” and not feel guilty and anxious as a result.


Negation not only closes, it actually destroys us.  We are witnessing that in our lives everyday – locally or globally, individually or collectively and yet we continue to negate.


So, if assertion means saying ‘YES’ with a view to understand and then create, I am all for it.


Do you agree?


Will you join me?


Let us say ‘YES’ just for today and see how it feels.


Say ‘YES’ for everything and I  mean everything regardless of how negative it may be,  without judgment, without bias, without doubt or suspicion.  Just accept what is happening in your mind.  By accepting first, you become more creative.


Watch your mind grow calmer and calmer, resting in its own heavenly silence, occasional waves of thoughts rising, only to drop back into its silence.


Act from that expansive silence.  Our actions will be nothing but gentle, overflowing compassion towards ourselves and towards others, based on Truth and Love.


Embrace life – say ‘YES’. What do you say?


I accept your answer with a huge ‘YES”


With Love and Respect


Padma Ayyagari


About Padma Ayyagari

I am a Human Values Activist, passionate about and trying to live steeped in Spirituality. I live with the knowledge that Love is the undercurrent of all human life. I believe in Unity of Faiths, Unity in diversity and try and live my life with unity in thought, word and deed. Helping others to lead a life of practical spirituality that will give peace of mind is my passion and life purpose.
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