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Slowing down the mind

Slowing down the mind
September 16, 2011, 12:18:50 PM
I have been addicted to entertainment since I was a kid. I watched television since kid, then it was the videogame, then the computer with internet. I think the computer made it even worse because the internet provides infinite stimulus in the form of many windows while also playing music in the background. Everyday. That is guaranteed to fuck the mind up. Not to mention Satanic Pornography.

Now as in sushil yadav's text, my mind is "racing".

I just want to know if anyone was succesful in slowing it down, because it seems very hard.

E

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 16, 2011, 12:55:51 PM
Cut 'social'- and news media, for starters. Realize you could've done without them all your life.

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 16, 2011, 04:13:12 PM
Get rid of the tv. After a little while you won't miss it, and eventually you'll wonder why you ever wanted it.

If you have a lot of free time, find something useful to fill it with instead of entertainment.

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 16, 2011, 05:01:50 PM
Don't carelessly get rid of anything. It will create a void that you will likely fill up with similar or the same behavior. Find healthy activities that drop off the mind that you actually want to do, and all the distractions will fall away as they become unnecessary.

A suggestion: Go into a forest, sit down, don't get back up again for at least an hour. Do this everyday.

Or practice yoga.

Or go fishing.

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 16, 2011, 05:20:01 PM
It isn't slowing down thought that's needed but clarity in thought. With practice perhaps you can process this amount of data at the same rate but your skill at sorting the noise, or junk information, from the gain, or useful information improves.

Defensive escapism probably isn't the best answer. Identify the patterns of garbage stimuli and tune them out. Put part of the mind and the body on autopilot so the cognition side can be dedicated to the meaningful. That's serenity in the midst of data overload hell. Escape unnecessary.

Phoenix

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 16, 2011, 06:48:23 PM
I think it's important not to look at the problem in isolation. Your fixation on superficial things your mind races with must be considered in correspondence with your lack of fixation (focus is a limited resource) on your inner state of awareness and how you really feel about yourself, situations you're in and surrounding reality.

There are many reasons why this could have happened. If you're repressing some material in your past then you have a highly false conception of yourself because you're fundamentally disconnected from the reality of who you really are. If this is the case, I would not recommend abstaining from all entertainment, because you wont be prepared for what you'll be left to see in the silence and stillness that remains. Rather, I would  recommend coming at it from the other angle: when you happen to not be indulging in entertainment, engage in serious self-introspection, with extreme passion and conviction in your efforts, and as you make progress then you'll want to indulge in entertainment less.

On the other hand, if your obsession with entertainment stems from a mere lack of having been taught to gear yourself in life towards more important things, in this case then I would indeed recommend a certain degree of abstinence from the entertainment. Even in this case however, you still need a plan of action for what you'll do to fill all this newly-realized free time you have on your hands.

So whether the former or the latter scenario is at play--or, as is mostly likely the case, a combination of both--it's imperative to read a fuckload about all sorts of things, get ton of ideas and hypotheses to try and test. Expand your intellectual horizons, on subjects relating to your immediate existence and consciousness.

There are many strategies to help you with this difficult task, and I cannot explain them all to you here, which is another reason why you must expand your intellectual horizons and acquire more knowledge (knowledge is power). For example, one strategy could focus on your desperate, unequivocal intention and desire to stop listening to so much entertainment and to stop thinking so much about shit; this is close to my view as in my paradigm I would council you that the reason your mind is racing is because you WANT it race, more than you want it to not race, it's as simple as that. In this case, the strategy would be to indulge in your entertainment and racing mind so much (and, please, if possible, with some degree of stylishness and respectability) that as a result you become completely satiated and disgusted with it that you come to truly, fully want a legitimate release from it [note: you must be mindful in your indulgence of it in order to truly perceive its hollow, unappealing nature, but this mindfulness doesn't mean you can't have fun with it at the same time; you can allow yourself / choose to be on that level for a while]. Conversely, the opposite type of strategy at the other end of the spectrum might be to pray and have faith and try to surrender your desires for a higher power to steer them in a more positive direction. In between and around these two diametrically-opposed strategies are countless others.

Namaste

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 16, 2011, 07:41:54 PM
Before acting out any impulse, ask yourself "should I let this impulse through?"

If your answer is no, sit down, or walk, and wait for another impulse to surface.

Phoenix

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 16, 2011, 08:12:31 PM
Before acting out any impulse, ask yourself "should I let this impulse through?"

If your answer is no, sit down, or walk, and wait for another impulse to surface.

I think he's already identified that he wants to prevent himself from acting on the impulses, but he's not sure how to best go about it. It's not necessarily as simple as just going for a walk (though in some cases I admit it could be).

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 16, 2011, 11:51:33 PM
Before acting out any impulse, ask yourself "should I let this impulse through?"

If your answer is no, sit down, or walk, and wait for another impulse to surface.

I think he's already identified that he wants to prevent himself from acting on the impulses, but he's not sure how to best go about it. It's not necessarily as simple as just going for a walk (though in some cases I admit it could be).


Simply say "no" to it. If this is hard at first, just keep practicing.

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 18, 2011, 12:26:37 PM
I am surprised this never came up and await the shit-storm, hahaha:

What about praying? Try praying for your family, your community, the local forest, anything but yourself when you feel the desire to numb yourself. This will help stabilize and provide perspective for your mind, it will help you to realize that there are issues you are avoiding by watching t.v. etc, prayer lifts up your mind to concerns greater than your own being and personal existence.

After you have accomplished that, begin acting on these thoughts and meditations. Help your family, help your community, help the forest in a state of calm, focused, detatchment.

Begin again.....

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 18, 2011, 10:52:52 PM
I am surprised this never came up and await the shit-storm, hahaha:

What about praying? Try praying for your family, your community, the local forest, anything but yourself when you feel the desire to numb yourself. This will help stabilize and provide perspective for your mind, it will help you to realize that there are issues you are avoiding by watching t.v. etc, prayer lifts up your mind to concerns greater than your own being and personal existence.

After you have accomplished that, begin acting on these thoughts and meditations. Help your family, help your community, help the forest in a state of calm, focused, detatchment.

Begin again.....

Agreed. People always mock prayer as an individual begging the greater order to readjust to his/her desires, but this need not be its only purpose.

An added (but somewhat off-topic) benefit is that it is an unique method of encouragement. Taking the time to acknowledge your family or community needs strengthens the group because it allows for a connection that transcends proximity and dialogue.

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 19, 2011, 09:35:28 AM
Thanks for the answers.

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 19, 2011, 01:05:59 PM
I too grew up a video game kid. Over half my life thus far has been spent honing my videogame and internet skills. But keep in mind racing thoughts is a symptom of bipolar disorder. Our childhoods exacerbated this but in my case it's genetics, yours could be too. Find a good psychiatrist (easier said than done) and see what he has to say.

Since I started taking an atypical antipsychotic with a mood stabilizer my thought patterns have improved dramatically. Before I started my meds, I was tormented by racing thoughts that were  literally impossible to stop. My mind was in a perpetual state of disarray and it was impossible to focus. I was paranoid and I thought the government controlled people via radiowaves during the worst of my mania. Cardiovascular exercise and weed offered some relief but only short term. At one point I abused amphetamines for the couple hours of clarity they offered, but obviously that just made things worse. I know some members of this forum are staunchly opposed to psychiatry as a whole, but medication has significantly improved my quality of life and I would be  dysfunctional without them. Meds may or may not be for you, but just remember that psychiatrists have doctorates, the members of this forum do not.

Outside of medication, I concur that prayerful meditation is a great way to cultivate concentration and maintain a realistic frame of mind. I would advice against sitting still in a forest for an hour, that sounds boring as fuck. Taking walks promotes clear thinking, same with running and biking.  Excessive introversion is worthless, so try opening up and sharing your thoughts with loved ones.


Re: Slowing down the mind
September 19, 2011, 08:45:08 PM
The human body lusts for life. We isolate ourselves from life and wonder why we're so restless. You don't need drugs, prayer, or meditation. Go out and fuck someone.

Re: Slowing down the mind
September 19, 2011, 08:58:07 PM
The human body lusts for life. We isolate ourselves from life and wonder why we're so restless. You don't need drugs, prayer, or meditation. Go out and fuck someone.

Alternatively, try meditation.