Member Rara Avis
How do I clear my mind? Never been able to do it..try as I might, the brain just won't stop working!
I'm with you, Sharon. Even after two years of Ratha Yoga (a long time ago) and a half-hearted attempt at Transcendental Meditation, I've always found it impossible to tell my brain to stop thinking. I can hold my breath longer than I can stop a thought from entering my mind.
I did, however, find a technique that seems to work for me. The problem isn't really that you can't stop thinking, but rather that you can't stop caring - which inevitably leads to more thinking. So, instead, try directing your mind towards something wholly unimportant to you. Something so unrealistic, so impossible, you can't possibly "care" because you don't for a moment believe it. Fantasize! (And Christopher, get your mind outta the gutter, please). For me, that usually involves some non-human, very unscientific ability, like breathing under water (I've explored most of the ocean) or flying (I graduated to outer space years ago). It's hard to think about "real life" when you've just discovered that the rings of Saturn are composed of fairies and responsible for much of Earth's mythology. I find that a really good fantasy will last about a month, with each night representing about a thirty minute "chapter" in the story.
Oh, I almost forgot - your fantasy has to be a total cliché, too. Otherwise, you're liable to find yourself back at the keyboard, writing a new story instead of falling asleep.