Nowadays, we face up with numerous problems. Some of them are trivial, whereas some are more important.
However, as time passes by, only one thing is true:
We constantly think about our problems. We think about possible solutions, no matter if they are efficient or not.
Nevertheless, the constant struggle to look up for a solution sometimes increases that we cannot stop thinking.
However, if we want to enjoy our life and to learn to cope with all the overwhelming problems, we have to learn to stop overthinking.
But, it is not as easy as it seems. As we try to stop overthinking, it becomes much more intensive.
What should people do?
The theory of Buddhism claims that we should learn to accept and to let things go.
Osho, a Buddhist Master, gives you some advice on how to calm down and relax your mind.
HOW TO LEARN TO STOP OVERTHINKING?
Osho believes that people should first understand that we cannot stop thinking. Thinking may be stopped just when the mind is calmed down:
‘THINKING cannot be stopped. Not that it does not stop, but it cannot be stopped. It stops of its own accord. This distinction has to be understood, otherwise you can go mad chasing your mind. No-mind does not arise by stopping thinking. When the thinking is no more, no-mind is. The very effort to stop will create more anxiety, it will create conflict, it will make you split. You will be in a constant turmoil within. This is not going to help.‘
Nevertheless, Osho claims that if people try to stop thinking forcibly, it may be successful, even though they will not reach complete easiness.
‘And even if you succeed in stopping it forcibly for a few moments, it is not an achievement at all — because those few moments will be almost dead, they will not be alive. You may feel a sort of stillness, but not silence, because a forced stillness is not silence. Underneath it, deep in the unconscious, the repressed mind goes on working. So, there is no way to stop the mind. But the mind stops — that is certain. It stops of its own accord‘.
Osho admits that it is much easier for people to learn to accept and to let the mind do its work:
‘Watch — don’t try to stop. There is no need to do any action against the mind. In the first place, who will do it? It will be mind fighting mind itself. You will divide your mind into two; one that is trying to boss over — the top-dog — trying to kill the other part of itself, which is absurd. It is a foolish game. It can drive you crazy. Don’t try to stop the mind or the thinking — just watch it, allow it. Allow it total freedom. Let it run as fast as it wants. You don’t try in any way to control it. You just be a witness. It is beautiful!‘
Osho also adds that as time passes by, people will learn the difference between the mind and the observer, which he calls ‘Zen’s taste‘.
‘The deeper your watchfulness becomes, the deeper your awareness becomes, and gaps start arising, intervals. One thought goes and another has not come, and there is a gap. One cloud has passed, another is coming and there is a gap. In those gaps, for the first time you will have glimpses of no-mind, you will have the taste of no-mind. Call it taste of Zen, or Tao, or Yoga. In those small intervals, suddenly the sky is clear and the sun is shining. Suddenly the world is full of mystery because all barriers are dropped. The screen on your eyes is no more there.‘
What can people do to calm down their mind? Osho advises people not to crave for drugs:
‘Non-attached witnessing is the way to stop it without any effort to stop it. And when you start enjoying those blissful moments, your capacity to retain them for longer periods arises. Finally, eventually, one day, you become master. Then when you want to think, you think; if thought is needed, you use it; if thought is not needed, you allow it to rest. Not that mind is simply no more there: mind is there, but you can use it or not use it. Now it is your decision. Just like legs: if you want to run you use them; if you don’t want to run you simply rest — legs are there.‘
‘The modern mind is in much hurry. It wants instant methods for stopping the mind. Hence, drugs have appeal. Mm? — you can force the mind to stop by using chemicals, drugs, but again you are being violent with the mechanism. It is not good. It is destructive. In this way you are not going to become a master. You may be able to stop the mind through the drugs, but then drugs will become your master — you are not going to become the master. You have simply changed your bosses, and you have changed for the worse.‘
One efficient method that Osho advises people to take up is meditation. It can help them control their mind. Furthermore, it can help them relax and calm down.
‘Meditation is not an effort against the mind. It is a way of understanding the mind. It is a very loving way of witnessing the mind — but, of course, one has to be very patient. This mind that you are carrying in your head has arisen over centuries, millennia. Your small mind carries the whole experience of humanity — and not only of humanity: of animals, of birds, of plants, of rocks. You have passed through all those experiences.
All that has happened up to now has happened in you also. In a very small nutshell, you carry the whole experience of existence. That’s what your mind is. In fact, to say it is yours is not right: it is collective; it belongs to us all.‘