Thoughts in the mind have a lot in common with ripples through water. Here is an easy exercise anyone can do to observe these ripples, it will show you how busy your mind is. Western life, work and education have not educated us about the connection between, stress, health, consciousness and a busy mind. With an awakened awareness, we need tools to settle the mind and simply be present. Mindfulness offers an oasis of calm even when the world around us appears chaotic.
A simple exercise, getting to know your own mind
Step 1. Listen and recite internally any mantra for a few minutes and observe the number of different thoughts and subjects your mind throws at you. You can even count the amount of thoughts that arise. You can use one of my favourite mantras if you would like to work with an example.
Note* The Om Benza Satto Hung mantra is said to help with past karma. Mantras and their effects is well beyond the scope of this short post. I will write more on this subject in the future.