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How Can I Control My Racing Thoughts?

Updated: Feb 24, 2023

I don't think there is a single person on this planet who at one point in their life did not have racing thoughts. There are a lot of different reasons for that.

Maybe you have a lot of things going on in your life and you're juggling everything yourself. So your mind is making sure that it goes over and over everything that you need to get done so that you don't forget it any of it.

If that's the case, then I would suggest writing some of this stuff down. Your mind is racing because it doesn't want you to forget anything. You're juggling so many balls in the air that it's afraid you're going to drop one of the balls. Your mind has to constantly remind you of everything that you need to do. By writing you take it off your mind and create support for yourself.

If writing doesn't work for you, try recording yourself on your phone and use that as an additional memory bank for you.

Another reason why people have racing thoughts is because they are anxious about something. Something is going on in their lives and they can't stop thinking about it. It keeps them up at night. Figuring out how to get support, either from a friend or a professional, may be your best course of action.

If you have a different reason for why your mind is just racing, you might want to think about meditation.

You may be saying, “How am I supposed to clear my mind if my mind is racing?”

Meditation isn't about clearing your mind. It's about separating yourself from your mind. Here's how you separate from your mind.

Find a nice, quiet place to sit where you're not going to be disturbed. You choose the time period. It doesn't have to be an hour. If you only have five minutes, then do it for five minutes. If you got 20 minutes, that's great.

Sit. Close your eyes. And watch your thoughts as if you were sitting in the back of a movie theater watching your thoughts go across the screen. Take the position of being an observer and watch your thoughts.

Watch what your mind is doing. Watch how it goes from one thought to the next. Does it keep circling back to the same thought? Does it create new thoughts? What's your mind doing?

The more you practice meditation, the more you watch your thoughts, the more they slow down. They begin to lose the power to pull you into their emotional energy. They lost the power to feed off of you.

Watch your thoughts like you're watching a bunch of monkeys at the zoo. It’s not called the monkey mind for no reason. Our minds go all over the place like little crazy monkeys. And we go along with it. This is why the racing thoughts are so disturbing. If you didn’t allow the racing thoughts to drag you like a runaway train, what would that feel like?

It would feel like peace.

Meditation is about being at peace. That means being at peace with your thoughts. Do not fight your thoughts. Sometimes the more we try and clear our mind, the more our mind races.

Nobody clears their mind of thoughts for a long time. Clearing your mind is not the point of meditation.

Peace is.

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