I think we can all agree that overthinking is tough to stop at the best of times.
Trying your hardest to clear your mind only seems to make it worst and when you start getting anxious over the fact you can’t stop overthinking, you get stuck in a vicious circle that won’t calm down.
So, what can you do?
According to Zen master Osho, it’s all about letting your thoughts understand one thing:
You’re not interested in them.
Check out the below passage from Osho which explains how to calm your mind and take back control.
Osho: Simply watch and let it be
“Your thoughts have to understand one thing: that you are not interested in them. The moment you have made this point you have attained a tremendous victory. Just watch. Don’t say anything to the thoughts. Don’t judge. Don’t condemn. Don’t tell them to move. Let them do whatsoever they are doing, any gymnastics let them do; you simply watch, enjoy. It is just a beautiful film. And you will be surprised: just watching, a moment comes when thoughts are not there, there is nothing to watch.”
Osho says that experiencing “nothingness” or “emptiness” allows you to eventually experience your real being. And this being is only positive.
“In its hands everything turns into gold. If Albert Einstein had been a meditator, the same mind would have produced atomic energy not to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki but to help the whole of humanity to raise its standard of living. Without meditation the mind is negative, it is bound to be in the service of death. With meditation the master is there, and the master is absolute positiveness. In its hands the same mind, the same energy, becomes creative, constructive, life affirmative.”
The roundabout way to stopping overthinking and taking control of your mind
According to Osho, we cannot do anything “directly with the mind”. We have to use a “little roundabout way”. Here he explains how to go about it:
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“First you have to bring the master in. The master is missing, and for centuries the servant has been thinking he is the master. Just let the master come in, and the servant immediately understands. Just the presence of the master and the servant falls at the feet of the master and waits for any order, for anything the master wants to be done ― he is ready.”
When the servant is running the show, human kind does not benefit
Osho goes to say that when we don’t take control of your minds, the result is “wars, violence, murders, rape.” He says the only way out is to bring in the master.
“Man is living in a nightmare, and the only way out is to bring the master in. It is there, you just have to get hold of it. And watchfulness is the key: just watch the mind. The moment there are no thoughts, immediately you will be able to see yourself ― not as mind, but as something beyond, something transcendental to mind.
And once you are attuned with the transcendental then the mind is in your hands. It can be immensely creative. It can make this very earth paradise. There is no need for any paradise to be searched for above in the clouds, just as there is no need to search for any hell ― because hell we have created already. We are living in it.”
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