Think Well: Observe Your Thoughts

Stress isn’t just about what happens to you, but how you respond. And because your thoughts are usually on autopilot, your response can get ahead of you. If you don’t hear back about a job, for example, you might think, “I didn’t answer correctly that question,” “There are better or more qualified candidates,” or “I shouldn’t have told anyone about my attempt to get this job.”

Don’t believe these thoughts! They are just thoguhts which you allow to control your feelings. Learn to observe and question your thoughts.  Question what’s really going on there and look at what you know for sure. Don’t let your mind wonder in a world of negative imagination!

A great why to help your over-thinking is practicing a mantra meditation. This technique  helps you to take your mind to quieter, calmer levels of thinking. Mantras are often referred to as vehicles for the mind because with focus on the repetition of a mantra, other thoughts swimming in the mind dissipate and the mind shifts toward mental clarity and stillness.

This month we will introduce you to So Hum mantra. This mantra has a special meaning in Vedic philosophy and is often the mantra given to those new to the practices of yoga and meditation.

The “So Hum” is a phrase comprised of two Sanskrit words. The literal translations are:

  • So: “That”
  • Hum: “I”

Therefore, the translation of So Hum is “I Am That.” Many Vedic scholars have interpreted the “That” in the mantra to represent the Universe. It falls into the same concept as “oneness,” or “I am one with the Universe and all of creation.”

The So Hum meditation is a simple but powerful technique that uses the breath and the repetition of a mantra to quiet the mind and relax the body. This meditation will help you move beyond your mind’s busy chatter to the peace of present moment awareness.

Eat Well, Move Well and … Observe Your Thoughts!

  • Choose a place where you won’t be disturbed and make yourself as comfortable as possible.
  • Use deep breathing to help develop your awareness.
  • Then slowly start silently repeating the words SoHum. Continue to allow your breath to flow easily, silently repeating So . . . Hum . . . with each inflow and outflow of the breath
  • Whenever your attention drifts to thoughts in your mind, sounds in your environment, or sensations in your body, gently return to your breath, silently repeating So . . . Hum.
obereve your thoughts and calm your mind