Dear Yoga Student,
Neurologists and researches estimate that we have
somewhere between 15,000-50,000 thoughts per
And most of them are fear-based thoughts (how do
I avoid __ conflict?); and maybe 80% of them are
reruns, thoughts we’ve had before.
How can you really measure this? How can we
REALLY know? Well, we can’t. But just attempt
to keep track of your mind for a few minutes and
I bet you’ll find it to be true.
In yoga, they often call it the “monkey mind.” In
the office, they call it “multi-tasking.” Whatever
you call it, it’s really no fun and it’s a classic example
of less is more.
Over the years, I’ve tried just about every method
I could find to calm and focus the mind: meditation,
pranayama (yogic breathing), alpha wave music,
chanting, and prayer.
All those things work pretty well, but most people
(myself included) use them as treatments for a
crazy mind and aren’t addressing the fact that…
… there’s simply too much data coming in.
No matter where you live, it’s really easy to cut
the clutter coming into your brain each day and to
be more selective about what you get to think about.
One of the simplest ways is to stop watching or
reading the news. Personally, I unplug my phone
and keep in a dresser so it never rings. This is
extreme, but as long as you don’t mind a little
berating from friends and relatives (What? You
don’t have a TV!) it’s a really great way to reduce
And when you’re thinking about less stuff, it’s
then possible that a huge chunk of your thoughts
can be positive, productive, and pleasurable.
YOGABODY Naturals LLC
p.s. If you have any tips or tricks for cutting the
in-coming clutter from your life, I’d love to hear
your thoughts here below….