August 21, 2020

Quieting the Mind

The mind can only withstand so many internalized thoughts in a given time frame. There is a bidirectional pathway between our mind and the reality known to us. If too much energy is shifted within the confines of the mind, the external world becomes a blur.

Chaos and stress co-exist together. Our internal world is often a safe haven from the realities that we must face. The ability to adapt an exploit opportunities is proportional to the area we inhabit, but also the distribution of energy that we divert both externally and internally. We frequently live inside our mental world and thus, become accustomed to our perceptions.

Once the focal point shifts inward with such intensity that the external world fades, chaos closes in on the external world. This only increases the odds of staying in such a paralyzed state of mind. For this reason, quieting the mind is essential for living peacefully. Otherwise, stress will blanket the mind and tension will persist.

To break free from an inverted world, there must not be any shift in energy that magnifies or intesnifies such a state of mind. This means the external shift needs to be calm and peaceful. When the mind is already in a fragile state, it needs positive reinforcement to sustain itself.

There is a large distinction between being in a "state of flow" and being "lost in an inverted world." The former state implies that the mind shifts focus on a singular or narrow space of interest with exclusion of the external world. The latter state is more entangled or circular in nature. Thoughts seem to follow a cyclic pattern that keeps recurring until the mind cannot snap out of the loop. In this case, focus goes out the window.

Being in a state of flow is calming and relaxing to the mind; however, being continually trapt in the mind slowly creates tension. Balancing the state of focus between the external and internal world is key. We must learn to appreciate what lies beyond the self.