How to stop the mind chatter and gain clarity of thought

For many, meditation is inextricably linked with spiritual practices. In many religions, the path to spiritual enlightenment involves meditation.

Whatever your beliefs about the spiritual, meditation can be of great value for people in business looking to achieve financial success and achieve their business goals. The following are the benefits I have gained from meditating on and off over the years....

I think the major benefit of meditation for me personally, in fact long before I set up in business, was being more in control of my thinking. Before I began meditating my thinking was all over the place and I was not very disciplined in my thinking. Meditation and getting used to thinking of one thing (or indeed nothing at all!) and in letting go of random thoughts really helped me to concentrate on the task at hand to the exclusion of everything else. Multi-tasking may seem like a brilliant thing to be able to do in a busy day but sometimes one needs to focus exclusively on one task. Like, for example, if I am designing a new workshop or preparing for a speaking engagement - It would not be helpful having my thoughts distracted with other stuff like the calls I need to make or perhaps the previous things the deal I lost earlier in the day.

Clarity of thought and focus is valuable in business and meditation helps to develop this. You can still multi-task if you want but that becomes a choice rather the only way of operating. It has allowed me, when selling, to focus solely on my clients and prospects and exclude all my own thoughts about what it would mean to win the business. I can still do that thinking before I meet the customer and afterwards but not when I am in their presence.

A by-product of achieving stillness of mind is that you eventually get to the position where you are able to tell the difference between one's own thoughts and those of others.......and those coming from your unconscious mind. Other people's thoughts often show up as mental chatter. They may be those of your parents, your loved ones etc If you pay close attention they have a voice that is not your own. After you have been meditating for a while, you may begin to start picking up other people's thoughts from the ether. As we all broadcast our thinking in some way then a quietened mind can start to pick up on these and tell these thoughts from their own. This is not about being psychic, its about the fact that when you have a quiet mind you can start to pick up signals that previously were lost in all the noise.

Intuition is something has been referred to by others as inner tuition....where part of one's unconscious mind (also known as the Self) sends you messages to help and support you. The more one can discern these signals from those of one's emotions, ego, and mental chatter, the more insight one can gain. This is where, for example, in sales and negotiation, you are able to tune into where the other people are coming from and better able to put forward a winning proposition. Its where, guided by your intuition, you are more able to be in the right place at the right time to get lucky.


A third benefit is in being able to better manage one's cool and remain relaxed and calm. This was actually how I got into it all in the first place. I used to suffer with confidence and self esteem issues which showed up partially by working hard to achieve. I became very stressed and meditation helped me to become calmer and more relaxed. I am still quite intense but that comes without the stress. I like the intensity and focus and it allows me to do incredibly fast coaching and problem solving. Its not everyones cup of tea but I am fine about that too!! The important thing is that I am able to have fun with it rather than working my way to a heart attack! Clients and prospects can tell if you are stressed out and it does not go down too well!!

There are loads of different ways of meditating and I have tried lots of them over the years. The easiest one to get started is just to sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and pay attention to the sound of your breathing. Take deep breaths in and out from the stomach area. When you start doing this you normally find even more thought coming into your mind. I was taught to imaging clouds floating by and each thought is a cloud. If you start thinking about a thought...just recognise it and let it go. The aim is..over sit still for 10 or more minutes with a totally still mind. It takes a while but once you can do that you get the added benefits of some really lovely peaceful sensations.

If you cannot spare 10 minutes a day to relax and meditate then you probably need to spend more time meditating!! I think it was Ghandi who remarked on having a really busy day ahead and so he needed to meditate longer than normal!

I am really glad that I was open minded enough all those years ago to give it a go. I have had lots of periods when I have stopped meditating for weeks or months but the more clarity I have gained as to when I work at my best..the more I realise that meditation is an important part of my daily rituals in the morning. The benefits to sales and business in general are endless and the great thing is that it works whatever your beliefs about religion and spirituality

Best wishes


Richard White
The Accidental Salesman®

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Ivor Murray


How to stop the mind chatter and gain clarity of thought

Richard : I think you make a good point in saying that meditation doesn't have to be linked to spiritual or esoteric practices. In fact, there has been a fair amount of scientific and clinical research into meditation and there is evidence to suggest that meditation can have all sorts of physical and pschological benefits. For example, meditation seems to help to lower the incidence of heart disease and stroke, boost the immune system and lower blood pressure. Although more difficult to measure, meditation also appears to improve mental health ; it can help to reduce depression and anxiety, increase self-esteem and generally help to build a more stable and balanced personality. There's more information about this on my site at And you can easily find the original sources and academic papers on the internet. Ivor Focus, Concentrate - Relax, Meditate Fast Track Relaxation Get our FREE guide 'About Stress' to start relieving your stress today. UK distributor of the MindSpa Personal Development System


Nick Dewey


How to stop the mind chatter and gain clarity of thought

Although some see tarot as a adolescents toy, many people do see tarot as a two way form of prayer whereby the secrets of ones own mind, or from another source can be activated. When one is shuffling the cards, one holds ones attention in a passive and tranqil state on the question so as to access the deeper subconscious levels of intellectual and createive processing (so it seems) and then one performs the spread. we as readers dont always belive that it is the cards that gfive us the answer, but that there is some kind of internal trigger that is sparked by a few of the signs in the reading that gives us inspiration, the inspiration then leads to a train of thought seemingly not our own. This train of thought, that we might as well term "creativity" then leads on to new meanigs and interpretations, sometimes giving us forms of clarity and understanding that is beyond the normal. Nick


Neil "video podcast" Fairbrother


How to stop the mind chatter and gain clarity of thought

From a slightly different perspective - I find exercise a great way to take my mind off the day to day... If you don't focus, then you fall off the climbing wall, or miss the shuttlecock... What's different though is cycling or motorbiking, where there isn't any one object to focus on. I find both of these activities to provide a near spiritual, if not spiritual, experience. Sometime on a bicycle, I can go for miles, climb the stiffest of hills (and there are plenty around the Chilterns) and frankly not notice the gradient or distance. Today's 55 mile route took me up a climb from Bourne End to Hedsor - it's not particularly long, but it is sharply pitched - it was only towards the top, with the constant whir of a car behind me in 1st gear (it's very narrow road so nowhere for the driver to overtake) that I was brought back down to earth from where ever I'd been and I started to consciously push and pull the pedals around. Here's what Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance has to say about motorbiking - I struggle to say it any better: "You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming." Cheers N COURVOISIER® The Future 500 finalist Click here to win a Video iPod Nano! Video on Demand TV content for your home, office and pocket Audio visual products for your home, office and pocket