A route to peace & creativity
What is it to achieve peaceful clarity of mind?
I talk a lot about hypnosis because it’s a delightful area of expertise, but there are many paths to Rome. I consider most psychological therapy (and I would include meditation, mindfulness and yoga within this remit) as a way to transcend our inner narrative. Each type of therapy may utilise a different mechanism, but they aim to reach a common goal: to quieten the inner mind, free ourselves to the source and allow all that is to flourish. In other words, to get out of our own way.
I run a lot; I do it because I feel a sense of joy and freedom in flow as my body finds its rhythm and fades into the background. It’s also one of the ways I release my inner narrative. The first twenty minutes of running can be challenging as your heart rate and breathing stabilise, sugars find their way into skeletal muscles, or lipids begin their conversion. But once at that point of equilibrium, the body becomes a well-oiled machine. It quietens, fades, and simply does its thing. You propel forward, life breathing through you, free to consider the rest of you.
That singular moment heralds a choice: I can allow my mind to rev up its narrative and bring up whatever is most pressing, or I can open myself to a waking meditative trance. Either is an act of grace, but I am lucky enough to have the option.
Yogis manage their posture, breath, vision and vibration to enter a state of clarity, and running seems to be a wonderful way to open a similar door. Once the body is in flow, I have found Kriya yogic practices instrumental in easing me towards the state I seek. I consciously focus on my posture and imagine a thread connecting the clouds to the crown of my head, head facing forward towards the horizon. Becoming aware of that connectivity, the spine vertical like an antenna, is the opening wedge to joy, awe and celebration in the surrounding world. I hear my breath, regular and composed. Life breathes me, and I come along for the ride.
When that singular vertical posture and consistent, purposeful breathing is established, I draw my attention towards the third eye, just above my nose in between the temples. I gaze through it. Granted, this sounds a little woo-woo, but the sensation is rewarding and permits a peaceful, less directed awareness. Sometimes I flit from the third eye to peripheral vision and remind myself of just how much I’m generally not seeing. Sometimes I focus on the beauty of nature.
At that juncture, I imagine a yogi might find a vibrational frequency, perhaps though an Om chant, but I have found that when I’m running, the breath is already quite loud and vibrational (plus it’s hard to om whilst running;), and so I focus on what is there in the moment.
Result? Quiet mind, fluid body, curiosity, grace and joy. Transcendent openness to the Source.
I find that this state brings wonderful opportunities for creativity. The most astonishing ideas come to mind when my inner voice isn’t censoring my thoughts. I return filled with gratitude, ideas and opportunity.