First Steps in Mind Training


I see many people having greater control over their pets than their minds. For example they invest time training their beloved dog, so eventually when they tell their dog, “sit” the dog sits immediately and remains sitting until the next command.

In order to gain better control over our minds we too need to invest time in the training. That training works best if we start with a simple request, “mind focus only on this one thought”. Every time the mind runs away with a distracting thought, gently bring it back to the thought of choice.

How about if we choose a training thought that will give power to the mind while it is being repeated? A two for one deal. 🙂 A thought that can remind us of our true nature like, “I am divine.” Or we can choose an ancient Sanskrit mantra, so we get an additional freebie, we get the benefit of the energy that has been invested in that mantra by its countless repetitions over the ages. We can choose one like “Om namah shivaya”, I bow to that universal consciousness. Or we can use soham, “I am that”.  Choose something from your tradition that creates an inner response. Let that inner prompt help in the choice of the mantra.

Now  we start our day with this training. Settling in so that the body is comfortable. Just like we need to pay attention while dog training, so too we need to look to see how the mind is doing as it repeats its mantra. We need to closely observe our mind.

After a while when the mind starts getting it 🙂 we can go deeper. Listen to the mind repeat the mantra. Later we can combine the mantra with the breath. When mind is more advanced we can listen to the reverberations in the mind after each repetition. Then follow the silence as the sound subsides. Repeat the mantra once more and observe the vibrations, like the way a string when plucked, vibrates for a while before becoming still.

I find it very helpful to repeat the mantra as often as possible during the day. Especially if I am busy. Once I create such an intention I discover many idle moments when the mantra can be repeated. It is in such idleness the mind loses it’s energy. Shall we engage in some mind training today?


3 Responses to First Steps in Mind Training

  1. Henk says:

    Yesterday evening Ohm Namah Shivaya was in my head. In the middle of the night I had to go to one of the children. The first thought was then Ohm Namah Shivaya. Getting up this morning the first thought again was… Ohm Namah Shivaya 🙂

  2. Henk says:

    Loving it. I especially like the part where we can list to the vibrations of a mantra. And the silence afterwards and before it. In a space that I feel has no end to it. A space of putting any sound, thought or feeling into it. I saw a video of Joe dispenza about how synapsis in the brain wire or de-wire when putting attention to certain thoughts or images. What potentiality a mantra can have then.

    • Chan Madhavi says:

      Marvellous Henk!

      On 19 February 2018 at 16:31, Chanmadhavi's Blog wrote:


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