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Meditation: Stop Thinking

Feb 26, 2015 07:10PM
By Kristine Kim

Can you stop thinking? Try this right now – stop thinking for three minutes. Can you sit down comfortably and relax your body? Can you close your eyes? Were you able to stop thinking at all for three minutes? You must intentionally try not to think.

Consider this challenge in another way. Do you really need those thoughts? Can you really relax? If you are like most people, it is difficult because an average person has 70,000 thoughts a day. An average person has a new thought every 1.2 seconds and thinks practically nonstop from morning until night, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

For most people, the mind is crowded with endless thoughts, including stress and worries, thoughts about relationships and concerns about work. They may be thinking: am I living in the right way? Who am I? Why am I living? Thoughts in the mind are energy thieves—they consume energy.

The latest research on the brain has indicated that each person has five times more thoughts in his or her head than in conversation with another person. The number of words that are exchanged during a conversation is between 120 and 250 per minute but the number of words that a person will say to themself is between 650 and 1,000 each minute.

No matter what you do, the mind is restless. However, meditation can help change the human mind to the infinite universe mind, according to the teachings found in Maum Meditation. While there are many different trainings and styles of meditation, this style offers a guided meditation that follows a seven-level method of subtraction, each method having a logical and constructive formula. For many who practice, Maum Meditation has been a true help in quieting the mind and enabling them to stop their racing brain.

Kristine Kim is the director of Rockville Meditation Center. For more information, visit 



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