Stepping Stone Practice
Maintain Ananda and Gratitude
All of us are buffeted about by unwanted thoughts, vasanas (tendencies), and vrittis (disturbances of the mind). One easy way to quieten this storm, to silence the monkey mind – and enter into stillness – is to maintain a state of ananda (bliss) and gratitude.
Simply recollect any moment in your life when you felt great joy or bliss. Focus on the feeling, not the details or specifics of the event. Intensify the ananda as much as possible, and internally express gratitude for the joy. These two states – ananda and gratitude – quickly raise your vibration to a very high level.
From this state, simply allow any thoughts, impulses, and disturbances (inner or outer) to dissolve. Just watch it happen, without being involved or attached in the process.