We can feed the mind, just as we feed the body. Feed the mind positive and happy thoughts and our mind responds in kind, feed the mind negative actions and thoughts and we feel drained and exhausted.
The Mental/Mind-body is most connected with the eyes. When we close the eyes, we immediately begin to quiet the Mental body.
In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali says in 1.2: “Yogash chitta vritti nirodaha.” Stilling of monkey mind. As the mind is stilled, our true nature can be revealed. That is love, freedom, and bliss.
The mind will be keen to occupy the space that YOU are working hard to create.
There is a great temptation to follow the different thoughts as they arise. If we discover that our mind has wandered and is following our thoughts, we immediately return to the breath.
Do not resist the interference. That will only create a stronger force. When you resist the force intensifies.
The mind is not always apparent when you begin a practice. You may know of the busyness of the mind. The thoughts of the mind. The prejudices and judgment of the mind. The joys of the mind too. But as you sit and spend time cultivating the watcher you will start to see other aspects too.
This exercise of noticing the mind is one that will give you great knowledge and understanding of your deeper self and the absolute possibilities you have within you as you tame your mind and reach beyond it to find stillness and silence.
Even in grabs, stillness and silence have immense value.