Many of the ancients talk about how taming the mind is like disciplining a child. It’s constantly running in directions you don’t want it to and sometimes saying things that are not always so nice. The great part about learning this is you start to think of your mind as a smaller part of you, versus associate yourself with it as who you are to the core.
Our minds and thoughts are a very small part of us and once we start seeing them as something separate we can better ‘manage’ it versus ‘getting caught up’ in it.
As you notice your mind running in all kinds of directions - being stressed about work while you’re at home, fuming about that rude person, wondering how you’re going to get through your to-do list - just simply observe it. Don’t get involved in the thought by solving for it or judging it, just look at it…’oh there i go thinking about work again.’
When you do this, you can befriend your mind by creating some space between you and your thoughts. You feel slightly more in control of how to manage your racing mind. And most importantly, you can more easily #letthatshitgo.