“A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
Whether you’re sitting down to study, trying to focus at your workplace or even trying to nap on a Sunday afternoon, various types of noise always seem to happen around you.
Of course, even when all these noises are absent, that voice in your head which most often brings up your insecurities, fears and worries is the biggest nuisance which distracts you from your intended task.
So how is one supposed to deal with the noise?
The way to get over external noise is easy and obvious. You re-locate your position, shut the window or put on your headphones to shut off the noise.
But what do you do about the noise that’s in your head? That internal voice which chatters away and constantly distracts you.
Here are a few things to watch out when your internal noise is impeding you from progress.
Is Your Heart In It?
The human brain is designed in such a way that if you truly want to focus on something, the noises – both external and internal are shut out automatically. So one thing to always keep in mind is to ask yourself whether the task in front of you truly engages you or are you doing it because you were forced to do it?
If it’s the latter and you don’t have a choice to let it go, it’s wiser to take a small break and re-attempt again at a later time.
However, if you are truly passionate about the task and your internal noise is distracting you, it’s time to look at the noise itself!
What is the Noise All About?
Eckhart Tolle in his book ‘The Power of Now’ talks about watching the thinker. He says that the mind is a tool to be used and kept aside after use. However most of us are so addicted to thinking that useless thoughts crowd our head all the time depriving us of life’s vital energy.
The trick to stop these thoughts from consuming us is to silently watch them as they come. Always remember that the thoughts come to you and you are the witness. As you learn to watch the thoughts come and go without getting disturbed, you will gradually gain awareness and control of your true being.
Look at the thoughts carefully without any judgement. Your internal noise is usually a continuous train of thoughts which rob you of your focus. If your noise is arising from your fears or worries, look at it with all the calm and steadiness you can muster and see if any of these fears make any sense in reality.
Most of the time, our mind exaggerates our fears and conjures up worst-case scenarios which have no basis in reality. Once you decide to look at the noise itself, it usually loses any power it may have and you get instant access to a clarity which lets you become focused and steady.
Practice. More Practice
It doesn’t matter whether your goal is to become more productive, more successful or just happy, the absence of noise will make sure you become a better version of you. However, most people just assume noise to be a way of life and give up trying to overcome it after a few failed attempts.
The rare ones who have mastered themselves know that the key to reducing noise is repeated practice and determination.
The first few times you try to avoid the noise, it comes back strongly. Think of it as a battle of wills between you and your evil self. Your evil self wants you to become distracted and spend your life complaining and making excuses. Your higher self however has the strength to take you to greater heights but needs you to constantly replenish it with positive belief and a faith in yourself.
So will you let your evil self win over you with its noise or will you rise beyond the humdrum of daily existence and aim for greatness?
The choice as always, lies with you.