Sort this one out and life becomes much, much easier. Controlling the mind is like taming a wild elephant. It seems impossible but with time and patience it can be achieved. The result is an immensely powerful tool which can be put to constructive use whenever and however you wish. As the old saying goes: ‘The mind is a terrible master, but a wonderful servant.‘
One of the best ways to counter the mind is to gather evidence of who we are. Incontrovertible, undeniable evidence. Evidence of our abilities and qualities, but also of our blind spots and shortfalls. The aim being to know ourselves as fully as possible, as well as to use what we find to counter the voice inside which often wants us to believe something very different.
The breath represents the here and now. It is the simplest and most powerful tool we have for returning to the present when our mind and emotions are doing all they can to drag us away from a calm, centred reality. When your mind has rule over you, or your emotions have taken hold, the procedure is simple. Ask yourself one question: Am I still breathing?