Stop Thinking

Have you ever really tried to stop thinking? To put an end to the ‘constant inner monologue’ (as I’ve heard the mind referred to in some book or another)? I mean, obviously, you won’t be able to do it right now because you’ll be reading this and so you’ll be thinking everything that I’ve written. But even if you weren’t reading it I’m sure your thought process would be something like this: “Okay, so I’m going to stop thinking… Now. Now I mean. Well, in just a second. Sheesh, why can’t I stop?” and onward. Because for some bizarre reason it is incredibly difficult to ever stop thinking.
    But last night, I managed it, and I don’t mean for a few seconds, but for a significant period of time. I couldn’t get to sleep last night because my mind kept babbling on about one thing or another and it was keeping me awake. So I decided to focus and to simply stop thinking. I managed it eventually and everything suddenly seemed to be so quiet. Perhaps this is the point of meditation, to literally stop yourself thinking. This whole thing may sound a little strange, but it was just very relaxing when I did it last night, so I thought I’d make a blog entry about it.

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